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“The Day the Linden Fell” (online)

"Maeve was spreading molasses on a piece of pumpernickel bread when a guttural crack split the air, followed by a thud that she felt through the soles of her feet..."

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“The Day the Linden Fell” Live and Online at Menda City Review

My short story, “The Day the Linden Fell,” is live and online at Menda City Review!

In the disembodied world of small press publishing, there is a fresh, subversive, forward-looking retro-hip beauty and audacity to Menda City Review that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. The photos by Nils-Erik Larson featured in the current issue capture this spirit – a magnificent old man reading the paper through the glass, his eyes fiercely alive. I’m honored to have my story included with the startling, resonant pieces in Issue 31.

Perhaps because I’ve just returned from the Hebrides in Scotland, there’s something of Menda City Review that reminds me of the Ardalanish Farm and Weaving Mill on the Isle of Mull, population 2,667. The mill is housed in a rustic stone building, and the wool is spun from the black Hebridean sheep, once endangered, that graze the hills surrounding the farm. The whole enterprise operates off the grid, power generated from wind and the memory, or dreaming, of sun. During the waulking of the cloth in times past, runes were chanted and songs were sung, and traces of similar wool have been found in ancient Island burial chambers.

So here’s to the eyes-wide-open, radically brave small folk, the weavers of wool and the spinners of yarn(s).

Read “The Day the Linden Fell” 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.

“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!

“Coyote” (print)

"It was a warm, sultry night in early July when Emily heard the coyotes for the first time. She woke to the sounds of dogs barking, and as she struggled to rouse herself from sleep, she wondered if a neighbor had left their Cocker Spaniel or Labrador outside..."

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Quiddity Has Arrived

Quiddity International Literary Journal,  Vol. 6 No. 2, has just arrived with my short story, “Coyote,” on page 128. The editorial and design staff have done a gorgeous job with the layout of the magazine, and the pieces I’ve read so far have an edgy mysticism, a kind of breaking through that strains at the boundaries and radiates in unexpected moments of transcendance.

The front cover, for example, titled “Act of Creation,” by John Nester, looks like an image from the Hubble Space Telescope, but it is, in fact, a stoneware fired ceramic platter. Distilling beauty through the wormholes of the universe, straight to your table.

This is a print publication, so you can either order it here, or contact me directly.