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October 2016 Issue | Word Riot
Issues | October 22, 2016

October 2016 Issue — Hitting Pause

This will be the last issue of Word Riot for at least six months as we take a hiatus.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Bucket List by Kate Sparks

Kate Sparks is a farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and a MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her short fiction has appeared in the Citron Review and WhiskeyPaper and was recognized in the 2015 New Millennium Writing Awards. She’s recently finished a novel about cowboy poetry and the obese pet mortician who loves it.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Remain Alert and Have a Safe Day by Kate Sheeran Swed

Kate Sheeran Swed loves hot chocolate, plastic dinosaurs, and airplane tickets. Her work has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways, Daily Science Fiction, Electric Spec, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine. She lives in New York City and holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Chinese People by Michael K. Meyers

Fiction: The New Yorker, Chelsea, Fiction, Quick Fiction, Work Riot, SmokeLong, Alice Blue, Eclectica, NANO, Spork, Bound Off, 2River, The 2nd Hand Journal, Chicago Noir, Requited Journal, Word Riot’s 10th Anniversary Anthology & Drunken Boat. Video: in Ninth Letter, apt, Studio Literary Journal, Word/Sound Play and website, Audio: Studio Literary Journal, Fringe deClassified, 2River, Mad Hatter’s Review, Drunken Boat, sound/text, Bound Off & Word/Sound/Play.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Pink Sock by Amy Landau

Amy Landau is a native New Yorker who lives and writes in Northampton, MA. In her writing, she is fascinated by private states of emotional upheaval. Her work has appeared in and HopeDance Magazine.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Casting Off by Ann Hillesland

Ann Hillesland’s work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Sou’wester, Bayou, The Laurel Review, Corium, and SmokeLong Quarterly. It has been selected for the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions, won the grand prize for prose in a Spark contest, and has been presented onstage by Stories On Stage. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Queen’s University of Charlotte. For more of her work, see

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Just to Spite the Recession by Kawika Guillermo

Kawika Guillermo’s stories can be found in Feminist Studies, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Tayo, Smokelong Quarterly, and many others. He writes monthly blogs for Drunken Boat and decomP Magazine, where he serves as the Prose Editor. His debut novel, Stamped, will be released in 2017 by CCLAP Press.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

At the town baseball fields by Julie Doar

Julie Doar is a student from Pine Plains, New York.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

Apocalypse 1983 by Ann Lightcap Bruno

Ann Lightcap Bruno lives in Cranston, Rhode Island and teaches English at the Wheeler School in Providence. Her stories and essays have appeared in such publications as Sweet, Alimentum, Painted Bride Quarterly, Talking Writing and Barrelhouse. She occasionally Tweets @annlbruno.

Flash Fiction | October 22, 2016

All That by Julie Benesh

Julie Benesh lives in Chicago and has taught or teaches at DePaul University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the Newberry Library, among other places. Her stories have been published in Tin House, Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Stream, and North Atlantic Review. She is thrilled to publish her creative work for the very first time in a web venue in Word Riot!

Short Stories | October 22, 2016

The Plateau by Nicholas Roth

Nick Roth attended UCLA and the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His stories have appeared or are upcoming in Failbetter, The Forge Literary Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, Flexible Persona, Rivet Journal, Duende, Your Impossible Voice, Punchnels, Feathertale, and Prick of the Spindle. He lives in Los Angeles.

Interviews | October 22, 2016

An Interview With Lucy K Shaw by Andrew Duncan Worthington

Andrew Duncan Worthington is the author of the novel WALLS (2014, Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the story collection Delete Space (forthcoming winter 2017, Monster House Press). His work has been published in Vice, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Atticus Review, Vol.1 Brooklyn, The Fanzine, and other venues.

Reviews | October 22, 2016

Harbors by Donald Quist

Nick Hilbourn teaches special needs youth and lives in an intentional community of educators in Pennsylvania. His writing most recently appears in Apeiron Review, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Defenestration, Stoneboat Literary Review and Brain of Forgetting. He writes film and TV essays for Contact him on Twitter, @nhilbourn

Creative Nonfiction | October 22, 2016

Chronicle of an Unsung Song Written by Melina Papadopoulos

Melina Papadopoulos is a recent college graduate. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Plume, Booth, The Monarch Review, among others.

Creative Nonfiction | October 22, 2016

Sixth Avenue Hos by Marie Manilla

West Virginia native Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her novel, The Patron Saint of Ugly, received the Weatherford Award. Shrapnel won the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Stories in her collection, Still Life with Plums, first appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. Learn more at