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At the Opera House, 2009

At the Opera House, 2009

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Cobwebbed curtains open at the opera house, and someone has built a bonfire on stage. Behind the fire is the orchestra. I sit in the balcony, trying to listen to the orchestra play Mozart’s Ein Musikalischer Spass. But everyone around me is throwing spitballs or calling each other on cell phones.

Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler’s novel, The Painting, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, was named a Best Book by San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for the Northern California Book Award. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian. Her short story, “Water Babies” won the Santa Clara Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, her short short, “Black Holes” won the Big Ugly Review Short Short Contest for 2008; and she was a finalist in the 2009 Stanford Fiction Contest.

Promises

Promises

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Marge Lurie

Marge Lurie is the author of "Confessions of a Proofreader," a short story which appeared in the Summer/Fall 2008 issue of Ep;phany: A Literary Journal. Her fiction has also appeared online at Pindeldyboz.com, Ducts.org, Fictionwarehouse.com, and Onelastcarcrash.net. She earned her MFA in writing from the New School University, and has also studied at The Writers Studio in New York and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. She lives in New York City.

Molly Malone

Molly Malone is a young writer living in the Washington, DC area.  She gleans inspiration from the world around her, from rain and sun and small children and music and the small rodents that race about the backyard of her suburban home.

Seal

Seal

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He still hasn’t talked to us yet.  It’s been about two weeks since they dropped him off.  I don’t really see him much, with school and all, I’m only really home to do homework and leave again, but I wonder about him.  Not really worry – no, I don’t tend to worry about anything – but I do wonder.

He has this seal that he drags around with him everywhere and, from the way he looks at it, I wonder if he talks to that little dirty white toy more than he talks to people.

Freeway

Freeway

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Kristen Edwards

Kristen Edwards is a writer living in San Francisco. She has a B.A. in Classics (Ancient Greek) from the University of Virginia, and fourteen years of business experience in the high tech industry. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, and her memoir, The Way Home.

Morocco

Morocco

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Mother and Father are sleeping. It is late. Slowly, the house shrinks into itself, pulling me into its tightness. Morocco has been on my mind lately. When I sit here thinking clearly about everything, I have the feeling I could make it to Morocco. Maybe it is time for me to go.

One suitcase. No decisions.

Anne Fox

Anne Fox, who, with the decades, has stretched the concept of middle age to its limits, spends most of her time copy editing the work of others—novelists, essayists, short-story writers, practitioners of fiction and nonfiction in both a small newspaper and a literary newsletter. (The MacArthur Metro in Oakland and Write Angles, California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch). As a kibitzing editor, she applies “the stick of compassion” to hollow-eyed writers, cajoling them to finish that manuscript, write that query letter, create that book proposal.

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