Five Hundred Poor

0 out of 5

From acclaimed author, Noah Milligan, comes a short story collection, Five Hundred Poor. The title comes from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, “Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions.”

These are ten stories of those five hundred poor, the jaded, the disillusioned, and the disenfranchised.


Noah Milligan splits his time between words and numbers and is a longtime student of physics. Born and raised in the Bible Belt, Noah Milligan is the author of the novel An Elegant Theory, the short story collection Five Hundred Poor, the poetry collaboration [Dis]Connected Volume 2 and and his most recent work, Into Captivity They Will Go.

An Elegant Theory was named a semifinalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and a finalist for Foreword Review’s 2016 Book of the Year. His short fiction has recently been published in Cowboy Jamboree, Orson’s Review, Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art, and elsewhere.

He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma and he lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife and two children.

“Noah Milligan writes about Oklahoma in such an uncanny, dark, compelling way.”–Brandon Hobson, author of Where The Dead Sit Talking

“An honest glimpse at how the other half lives and how the other half dies that should inspire us to try harder.”–Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore

“Noah Milligan possesses a concise mastery of language and a sharp lens through which he sees the world. The characters he delivers in “Five Hundred Poor,” his engaging collection of short stories, are at once vivid and impossible to ignore. They have both heart and soul. They challenged and inspired me.”–Jennifer Haupt, author of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills