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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