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 … 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 … 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 … 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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