Welcome to the website of writer

and singer/songwriter Missy Roback.

Reading at Why There Are Words, Austin

Here’s a video of me reading my short story, “The Warning Track,” at Malvern Books as part of the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, Austin (Sept. 27, 2017). WTAW is an excellent literary event that takes place at 6 locations around the US. Thanks for having me, WTAW and Malvern Books!

American Fiction, Volume 14 is out

American Fiction, Volume 14, which features two of my stories — “The Woods” and “Lady Moth” — is now available for your reading pleasure. You can buy it from New Rivers Press, Amazon, and other fine purveyors of books.

Two stories, one anthology

Good news to share: Two of my stories will be published next year in American Fiction Volume 14, an anthology produced by New Rivers Press. Both stories (“The Woods” and “Lady Moth”) were finalists for the American Fiction Short Story Award.

Litquake happy hour reading

Litquake returns to Vesuvio for a third year and so do I. Come on down to the Big V on October 15 to hear me and a bunch of other swell writers (Joshua Mohr, Jack Boulware, Alia Volz, and more) read from our work. Have some drinks, buy some books, and don’t forget to tip…

Two new stories published

Happy summer! I have two new stories out in the world. “Close to You” is in the music-themed Summer 2013 issue of Little Patuxent Review. You can buy a copy of the magazine here. Also, “Love, Rose” is in the April 2013 issue of Word Riot, which is online only. I’m glad these stories found…

Download my cover of Real Gone by The Reducers

I recorded a cover of “Real Gone” for The Reducers tribute CD last year but forgot to share the link — until now. Listen to it here. You can download the song for as little as $1, but if you can spare a little more, that’d be great, too. All proceeds from the record go to…

The Reducers tribute CD release party, 9/22

I‘m here in New London, Conn., this weekend because of a band. A band that changed my life. A band that, if I want to get really honest about things, saved my life. Because when you’re angry and confused and alienated but you don’t know why, and you hear a song on the radio that…

Litquake reading, Oct. 7

Litquake is back, and so am I! Come hear me read at Vesuvio on Sunday, October 7, as part of the festivities. I’m lucky to be sharing the bill again with the triple threat of Alan Black, Jack Boulware, and Beth Lisick. Chuck Thompson and Alia Volz will be reading, too. Last year’s event was…


Woke up to a lovely email informing me that I was a finalist for the Writing Contest for Study Abroad, sponsored by the University of New Orleans, UNO Press, and The Pinch. I call that a good morning. Congrats to the winners!


                  Get thee to Vesuvio early — word is it’s gonna be packed!