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“Match” Now Available in The Madison Review Spring 2015 Issue

It has arrived! The Spring 2015 issue of The Madison Review is fresh off the press, and with it, my short story, “Match.” Check out the jazzy cover art by Deth P. Sun, and order your copy to read with a cool sip of summer here. Cheers!

“Ordinary” Accepted by The Flexible Persona

I’m over the moon that my short story, “Ordinary,” has just been accepted by The Flexible Persona, coming out soon! The Flexible Persona pairs literary works with accomplished composers from around the world, and I can’t wait to hear what music the editors choose for “Ordinary.”

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“Perfect” Now Live and Online at the St. Sebastian Review

My short story, “Perfect,” has just come out live and online at the St. Sebastian Review. Every story acceptance is thrilling, but none more so than this one.

The St. Sebastian Review, an LGBTQ Christian literary magazine, brings together two communities that don’t often sit easily with one another, so this compelling and beautifully designed publication provides a vital gathering place where creative expression and healing can occur.

In the words of Carolyn Gibney, the St. Sebastian Review was “founded to give voice to a community often disenfranchised and unheard. We exist as a forum within and from which LGBTQ Christians of any denomination can engage both critically and compassionately the culture in which they find themselves. We are purveyors of fine poetry, fiction, nonfiction essays, and visual art from among the LGBTQ Christian community and its allies.”

I am honored to have my work represented among such an awesome gathering of thinkers, artists and creators! To read “Perfect,” download the current issue of the St. Sebastian Review, Vol. 5, Iss. 1, here.

“Off the Curb” Now Available in Crack the Spine: Spring 2014 Anthology

It’s here! My short story, “Off the Curb,” has just been published in Crack The Spine’s 2014 spring anthology.

So go ahead, “Crack the Spine. Bend a fresh book until your hands meet beneath its stressed strings. Feel the weight of words snap free. This anthology includes the best poetry and prose from Crack the Spine Literary Magazine’s weekly publications.” (Kerri Farrell Foley, Editor)

There is something delicious about poring through the pages of a brand new literary magazine, never knowing what curiosities or obscure and startling vistas you might encounter. Or, in the case of “Off the Curb,” what chattering faces might appear the branches of your favorite tree…

To order your copy of Crack The Spine: Spring 2014, click here.

Up, Do: Flash Fiction Reading and East Coast Book Launch

Celebrate the East Coast release of Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Authorsan anthology from Spider Road Press! Featured readers will be myself, Theo Greenblatt and Kathryn Kulpa,  special guests Kim Baker and Diane Dolphin, and Lynnie Gobeille from the Origami Poems Project.

Up, Do is “dedicated to the teachers, in and out of the classroom, who showed (Patricia Flaherty Pagen, Editor) that girls’ musings and women’s words are key ingredients in the alchemy of storytelling.”

Don’t miss what promises to be fun night of audacious and entertaining storytelling. Saturday, April 5th at 7:00, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Up, Do; Flash Fiction by Women Authors Available in Paperback

My flash fiction piece, “A Matter of Time” has just been published in the anthology, UP, DO Flash Fiction by Women Authors, Edited by Patricia Flaherty Pagan and published by Spider Road Press!

The anthology contains “thirty three fierce, intriguing, very short stories by women writers,” and the richness and variety of voices within the collection, as well as the way in which the stories reflect one another, is fascinating and moving. I’m excited to be included with this talented group of authors.

I’d like to extend a special thanks to Spider Road Press for paying each of us $10 for our labor of love cobbling words, wisps of clouds and the gritty soil of our souls into something worth reading. The symbolic significance of being paid for the work one does as a writer, and especially, perhaps, as a woman, is not insignificant. 

UP, DO Flash Fiction by Women Authors can be ordered from Amazon for $8.99 here. 5% of the proceeds from the book will benefit rape crisis and veterans’ charities in Texas and New England.

Keep tuned for news of a possible reading, and for the release of the ebook coming soon.

“Cambridge Friends” Now Live on About Place Journal

It’s here! About Place Journal, Volume II, Issue IV, A Civil Rights Retrospective, and with it my story, “Cambridge Friends.” I am so psyched to be part of this awesome collection.

In the words of the introduction, “this issue contains challenging, provocative, compelling, and prophetic contributions in essays, poetry, lyrics, song, short fiction, photography, art, and video that reflect on a particular or general aspect of the ongoing struggle for civil rights. How far have we come as a country, and how have we regressed?”

I look forward to exploring the rich array of voices assembled in this volume, and as Michael McDermott, Managing Editor, writes, “This issue will help to inspire and direct activities to forward the struggle for social justice…working for a better future by learning and honoring our past.”

A special thanks to Editor Richard Cambridge, whose vision for this issue has been profound. To borrow a phrase he borrowed from Martin Luther King, who adapted it from a sermon given by Theodore Parker in 1853, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Who would have thought that a suburban white chick could have anything of value to add to a conversation as critical as one about civil rights? The struggle for justice, however, belongs to us all. Click here to read “Cambridge Friends.” Peace.

“Cambridge Friends” Accepted by About Place Journal

My short story, “Cambridge Friends,” has been accepted by About Place Journal for their upcoming retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement! I can’t wait for the issue to come out, as it promises to be a crackerjack collection.

My story is fiction, but the setting is a very real place, Cambridge Friends School, in Cambridge, MA, in the early 1970’s, where I was incredibly fortunate to go to school until the 4th grade, when my family no longer qualified for financial aid. I credit much of who I am today to those crazy wonderful days in an experimental, “open structure” classroom at a time when the world was churning, and I didn’t think twice about rapping a Black Panther chant right alongside my friend, Anita, before we sat ourselves down on the rug for Quaker meeting (not to mention the fact that I was a white chick with a streak of wild and a crush on Anita’s afro).

The Black Earth Institute, the super-cool publisher of About Place Journal, is “a progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society. Black Earth Institute encourages awareness of the arts as a means of promoting a progressive, inclusively spiritual and environmentally aware society. The organization gathers artists and audience members to further understanding of the historical role of the artist as bringing forth wisdom from beyond the self.” 

Stay tuned for a link to the story and possible reading dates…

“Off the Curb” (online)

"...in that moment she saw, in the heart shaped leaves of a linden tree, what appeared to be a myriad of tiny, clenched fists, or were they faces? There were dozens of them, hundreds, the entire tree crawling with otherworldly life..."

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“Off the Curb” Now Live on Crack the Spine

My short story, “Off the Curb,” is now live on issue 94 of Crack the Spine. In the words of Editor Kerri Farrell Foley, “Given the choice we will always select madness over method.” Definitely the right home for “Off the Curb.”

The artwork chosen to illustrate my story is awesome, and the other selections have that fine, sharp edge of danger that brings a piece of writing to life. The journal is online, so click here to read. Enjoy!