Dangers of Ice Fishing

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By Emily Weedon, It was that time of day in winter when the sky turned pulsing royal blue in the oblongs of her kitchen windows. The tungsten bulbs in the overhead lamp over the melamine table were garish against the twilight. Steam from the pot on the stove was beginning to form thick condensation on […]

Final Draft

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By Sarah Edmonds   5 minutes to -30- This is a love story. It’s important to remember that. 24 hours to -30- I had trouble finding my typewriter case this morning. My forehead immediately beaded with stress sweat, even though there are a limited number of places in our narrow Edwardian half-house anything that bulky […]

Altiplano

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By David Bassano, That last summer in Mexico I was in the altiplano, or high plains, where the peyote grows. There were little villages of adobe here and there among the Joshua trees and hippies from Europe looking for peyote in the dry scrub brush. I considered going out to find some, but wasn’t really […]

Tick Tock

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By Leah Eichler My five-year old granddaughter came up with the name. Once she heard me whispering about the “titkos,” meaning secret in Hungarian.  To her young, Canadian ears it sounded like Tick Tock. And from then on, the name stuck. Still, we tried, we believed that our titkos, our Tick Tock, could remain just […]

Excerpt: I Am My Beloveds

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   (Listen to the audio of “I Am My Beloveds,” read by Jacob Dawes) By Jonathan Papernick Ben sat alone on his and Shira’s sensible microfiber couch, laptop propped on his knees, entirely miserable. Shira was out canoodling with her girlfriend again, while Ben scrolled through a dizzying carousel of profile pics on Tinder, leaden […]

Plastic Breath

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By Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi, After seven days of intolerable confinement, Izzy decided that this foggy afternoon was the right time to free herself. And, if she could manage, Clara. She had been testing her crippled body since the morning darkness, inundating her extremities with signals to flex, and, with any hard-earned luck, move. Her weak […]

The Gift of Listening

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By Rose Margaret Deniz, While Rona slept, an earthquake rattled a tiny distant shore on the Sea of Marmara 5,128 miles away from her pre-fab duplex in Connecticut. Down the hall, her dental hygienist neighbor resigned herself to divorcing her trucker husband on the grounds of desertion. On the news, Toyota reported its first annual […]

Part Three: Alone on a Bridge

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By George F. Walker George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights. Since beginning his theatre career in the early 1970s, Walker has written more than 30 plays and has created screenplays for several award-winning Canadian television series. Part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll, Walker’s distinctive, gritty, fast-paced tragicomedies illuminate and satirize […]

Part Two: Alone on a Bridge

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By George F. Walker George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights. Since beginning his theatre career in the early 1970s, Walker has written more than 30 plays and has created screenplays for several award-winning Canadian television series. Part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll, Walker’s distinctive, gritty, fast-paced tragicomedies illuminate and satirize […]

Part One: Alone on a Bridge

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By George F. Walker George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights. Since beginning his theatre career in the early 1970s, Walker has written more than 30 plays and has created screenplays for several award-winning Canadian television series. Part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll, Walker’s distinctive, gritty, fast-paced tragicomedies illuminate and satirize […]