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Word Riot Inc.: Kicking Small Press Into High Gear
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Mechanics by G Ryan Spain

After he died, I watched a team of sterile mechanics open him. It looked too easy—the way they sawed his chest into halves and pried back each rib hinged on the sternum, the way they pulled yards of fatty rope from the cavity like a magician’s endless scarf. They removed a brick of red jasper—the March stone—and mortared it into a half-built wall. They started to pull out his eyes with pairs of jewelers’ pliers, but I asked them to stop, so his eyelids wouldn’t sag into the empty sockets; they nodded, silently, and kept working. It was crucial, I

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Even the Sudden Comes in Increments by Shannon McLeod

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Shannon McLeod is a teacher, writer, and youth slam poetry coach. Her writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Hobart, NEAT, Gawker, Cheap Pop, and The Billfold. You can follow her on Twitter @OcqueocSAM.

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How to Survive a Human Attack: A Zombie’s Guide to Filling the Emptiness and Moving Forward by K.E. Flann

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K.E. Flann’s fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, The North American Review, New Stories from the South, and other publications. A short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award and was published by Snake Nation Press (2008). A second short story collection, Get a Grip, won the Geroge Garrett Award and is forthcoming from Texas Review Press. For five years, she taught creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England, where she also served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education and wrote mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website. She’s been a fellow at the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and at Moulin a Nef in France. She works as an associate professor at Goucher College in Baltimore.

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The Door by Mark Hoadley

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Mark Hoadley lives in Vancouver. He writes poetry, fiction, science fiction and memoir. Sometimes he even mixes them all together. He is a co-editor of the online poetry journal, The Maynard. Recent work of his has appeared in Word Riot and KYSO Flash.

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Mailbox by Sarah Gaffney

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Sarah Kilch Gaffney’s writing has most recently appeared in Brain, Child, Mamalode, 491 Magazine, and the Apeiron Review. She lives in central Maine and you can find her work at www.sarahkilchgaffney.com.

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The Three Friends by Mark Hoadley

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Mark Hoadley lives in Vancouver. He writes poetry, fiction, science fiction and memoir. Sometimes he even mixes them all together. He is a co-editor of the online poetry journal, The Maynard. He recently had a prose poem in KYSO Flash. This is his second published work.

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Sink by Shome Dasgupta

Shome Dasgupta is the author of i am here And You Are Gone (Winner Of The 2010 OW Press Fiction Chapbook Contest), and The Seagull And The Urn (HarperCollins India, 2013). His stories and poems have appeared in Puerto Del SolNew Orleans ReviewNANO FictionEveryday GeniusMagma Poetry, and elsewhere. His fiction has been selected to appear in The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (&Now Books, 2013). His work has been featured as a storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story, nominated for The Best Of The Net, and longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. He lives in Lafayette, LA and his website can be found at www.shomedome.com.

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Dredging by Asha Dore

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Asha Dore’s work has recently appeared in The Rumpus, Burrow Press Review, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, and other venues. She is pursuing an M.F.A. at Eastern Oregon University with a concentration on Creative Nonfiction.

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Incidents by Mike Topp

CHURLISH Still smarting after that guy called me a mammering, beef-witted skains-mate at the Renaissance Fair.

THIS SENTENCE This sentence uses all the letters of the alphabet dfgjkmqvwxyz.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT Turns out Billy Bob Thornton’s real name is William Robert Thornton.

SECURITY Just changed all my passwords and my mother’s birthday.

HOW TO PICK A LOCK Picking a lock is really easy. They have tons of them at Kmart.

REALLY? If you’re a hangman, and you’re putting a noose on someone, I bet it would really make you mad if the guy was looking at his smartphone.

YOUR

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Five Prose Poems by Parker Tettleton

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Parker Tettleton is the author of the prose poetry collection GREENS (Thunderclap Press 2012) & three chapbooks: SAME OPPOSITE (Thunderclap Press 2010), OURS MINE YOURS (Pity Milk Press 2014) & MAN SUGAR (co-authored by Riley Michael Parker, Housefire Books 2014). More or less is here.

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