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Kevin Dobbs

Kevin Dobbs lived in Asia for 18 years, mostly in China and Japan. He’s published fiction, essays, and poetry in several countries but mostly North America in such journals as Beloit Fiction Journal, Raritan: a Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Maverick Magazine (online), Sou’wester, New York Quarterly, Chelsea, Karamu, Carolina Quarterly, New Delta Review, Writer’s Forum, Gulfstream, Florida Review, and many others.

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Stalking Nicole

Stalking Nicole

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They don’t come together, but arrive outside at the same time, surprised to see each other. Inside, they sit together at a table and a waitress brings them both a beer.

“I didn’t know you were back in the area,” the man says.

“I’m not. I’m just…around for a few days,” she says.

Tom Earles

Tom Earles is a student in the MFA program at the University of Maryland, where he has been awarded fellowships and a teaching assistantship. While earning an MA in English from Rutgers-Camden his short fiction was nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Prize. He is prose editor of Sakura Review.

Nodding

Nodding

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Richard Spuler

Sometimes, Richard Spuler writes. Other times, he doesn't. This time, he did.

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.

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