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Vox Populi: OMG! An Interview with Michael Simms about his Debut Novel ‘Bicycles of the Gods’

Who wouldn’t love a story about badass vigilante nuns and the end of the world?

August 16, 2022 · 9 Comments

Peter Makuck: A Shot in the Dark

Gino Vendetti was nursing a sweaty bottle of Bud.  Four ceiling fans along the bar spread the cigarette smoke and a faint odor of beer.  Always a few guys from the old high school gang were here.  Most had something going.  Not Gino.  It had been almost two years since Viet Nam…

August 12, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Green

In this short film which won the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, two undocumented Turkish brothers face the challenges of life in New York City.

May 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Elif Shafak | The Politics of Fiction

Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

May 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Emmelie Prophète:  The Villages of God (excerpt)

I was not afraid. I’d grown used to the sound of guns. I grew up in this Cité where there’s never been a truce, where death does the rounds at noon just … Continue reading

April 24, 2022 · 4 Comments

Peter Makuck: Out and Back

Probably my tenth trip to the front window in an hour.  I’m looking at the yard, cellphone in hand, getting footage of my neighbor’s German Shepherd.  He crosses the street, trots up … Continue reading

April 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

Charles Davidson: Sea Saga

Shipmates, friends, and family affectionately called him “Captain.” Throughout his long years in the merchant marine, and until his dying day at the age of seventy-five, Thomas Cromwell spun many a captivating yarn, enthralling the hearts of young and old alike. 

April 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Meg Pokrass: Traveling Companion

The ratio of sad men to happy men was tilting toward sad. Single men were sad and claimed to not be attracted to people anymore. They changed their names and dyed their hair. They had dead cats. She was getting used to it. 

February 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kimberly Parish Davis: The Messenger

When he came to the bottom of his street he could hear the screams. Chaos unfolded before him. Houses were burning and women were running hunched over as they tried to protect their children. Soldiers on horseback ran them down, shooting and slashing and impaling people indiscriminately.

February 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Sean Connolly: Invasion

The low winter sun streaks through the streets and the dry hedges and barren trees shed a maroon dust. The birds go batty in Appalachia, celebrating an early spring, and … Continue reading

February 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Bob Marley | Redemption Song

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?

January 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

Peter Makuck: Day on the River

It was during Christmas vacation that I first met Mr. Talbot.  His son, Jean-Luc, was my good friend and classmate at a small Franciscan college in a French-Canadian enclave in … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Peter Makuck: Triggers

That look on his face.  After all these years, I’d love to punch him again.

October 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: Moments with Crochet Hooks

Back then she and her mother waited for the phone to ring, for money to plump itself up and walk through their door. Moments passed with yarn and crochet hooks.

July 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

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