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Michael Simms: My Recent and Forthcoming Books

Vox Populi doesn’t usually include advertisements, but I hope you will indulge me when I let you know that my recently published books are available.

December 7, 2022 · 14 Comments

Video: Junkyard

In this award-winning film written and directed by Hisko Hulsing, a man is robbed and stabbed on a metro train. As he lays dying, a friendship from his youth flashes before his eyes.

December 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Philippe Labro: The Rule of Engagement

The Rule of Engagement, along with the coat and tie dress code, was one of the university’s two unbreakable traditions. It involved saying “Hi!” to everyone you encountered, or – if that person were first to greet you – responding in kind. I was taken aback at first, not so much by the idea of saying hello to a stranger crossing campus, but by the mindset that required me to say it, and say it, and say it again, all day long, no matter my mood and no matter who it was coming up alongside me.

November 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

Richard Cambridge: In Medias Res

Tom, the eldest son of Daniel and Helen Brownson, tells his parents he has dropped out of college. He is now in the crosshairs of the draft board and will be re-classified 1-A — a good chance he will be sent to — and possibly die in Vietnam.

November 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Time and Again

As the fire taught the house how to surrender, the dolls, they screamed, not me, oh they screamed like ashes that smelled of church pews.

October 14, 2022 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: My debut novel is being launched tonight

This evening the rap artist and filmmaker Christian Nowlin will be helping me launch my debut novel BICYCLES OF THE GODS: A DIVINE COMEDY.

September 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kimberly Parish Davis: Forever and Ever

…they watched television or surfed around the Internet for news about what was going on in Palestine. There had been a lot of fighting—a lot of bombed out buildings. One website told about the attack at the School where Hanna’s little brother was killed, and she was probably dealing with that while Emma was news surfing.

August 19, 2022 · 6 Comments

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

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