Monthly Archives: January 2011

Education Pays, fiction by Deana Nantz

Every­thing was mov­ing at a nor­mal pace until he showed up. Eleventh graders lis­tened to their teacher’s unremit­ting spiel on a work of lit­er­a­ture. Miss Sheila Sin­gle­ton, a first year Eng­lish teacher, reeked of green skill and flo­ral per­fume, and … Con­tinue read­ing

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Shutdown, fiction by F. Michael LaRosa

Three months after they were mar­ried Johnny Ray Mook's wife welded her thighs together and would not relin­quish what lay between them no mat­ter what Johnny said or did. He tried every­thing he could think of. He told her he loved … Con­tinue read­ing

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Out of the Mountains, Appalachian Stories by Meredith Sue Willis

Here's one to look out for: OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS, APPALACHIAN STORIES By Mered­ith Sue Willis; Ohio Uni­ver­sity Press, $24.95 paper­back Willis is a native of north cen­tral West Vir­ginia; her home­town is in Appalachia. She is fas­ci­nated by the region … Con­tinue read­ing

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Women Writers Wanted!

I sup­pose it shouldn't sur­prise  me that I get few sub­mis­sions from women, as I have met few enough women who write the kind of lit­er­a­ture I'm look­ing for here. But, I know they're out there, and it strikes me … Con­tinue read­ing

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Poem by Mather Schneider

THE PITS They broke the apart­ment win­dow and cleaned us out while we were at work. I feel vio­lated but the worst part about it is all my bull­shit about being on the edge of soci­ety seems pretty pale next to these crim­i­nals steal­ing to … Con­tinue read­ing

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Cooks, fiction by Ben Werner

After work, Clint and Danny rolled through the orange street­lights on Main Street and into the dark­ness on the far side of town. Danny thought about telling Clint to turn around and take him home, where his father would be … Con­tinue read­ing

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Goodman at an Outhouse, fiction by Brian Tucker

Out­side a dilap­i­dated out­house a man by the name of Good­man waited impa­tiently for his turn. He stood on his right toe with his left boot heel, try­ing to not think about the deep burn that was welling up from … Con­tinue read­ing

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