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He Could Play The Clarinet by Anthony Varallo

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Anthony Varallo is the author of This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books). Currently he is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.

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The Grizzly Bear’s Cave by James R. Gapinski

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James R. Gapinski holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, he’s managing editor of The Conium Review, and he teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in theNewerYork, Juked, NANO Fiction, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. He lives in the Boston area with his partner and a collection of 8-bit video games.

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When a Hitman by Pete Stevens

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Pete Stevens is the fiction editor at Squalorly. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at Blue Earth Review, Yemassee, BULL, and Hobart, among others. Currently, he is working towards his MFA in fiction at Minnesota State, Mankato. More at petestevensfiction.wordpress.com

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Dragon by Kim Magowan

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I have a short story and an essay forthcoming in “Arroyo Literary Review.” I have published fiction in “Breakwater Review,” “The Gettysburg Review,” “Indiana Review,” and “River City,” and criticism in “Film Quarterly” and “Studies in American Fiction.

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Stuck by Emil Ostrovski

The bee was trapped between the screen and glass in the window above the tub.       Alan slid the window open and tried, with dripping hands, to dislodge the screen, create a space through which the bee could escape outside; the screen wouldn’t give.       Stuck, the doors in the house, now the windows too. The bee skittered close to his hand and he slammed the window closed.       His mother had always called bees industrious; she had nagged him about finding a girl ever since he started college. He found a boy instead. “A fine couple,” she said bitterly,

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Aliens by Eva Garber

Eva Garber is a Toronto native living in Los Angeles completing her MFA in creative writing at Otis College of Art and Design.

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Allure by Kenton K. Yee

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Hubbub. Foofaraw. Antoinette couldn’t sleep. She dragged the din to her freezer and shut it inside. Bedlam. Mayhem. Pandemonium. By daybreak, the fuss from the freezer was cacophonic. Havoc. Hoo-ha. Hullabaloo. Antoinette avoided the kitchen. She ate out after work. By the time she got home, the synonyms were listing and echoing. Just as she thought there were no more good new ones, a fresh flurry erupted. Fracas. Racket. Ruckus. Crescendo. The symphony of synonyms kept her up all night. How could she make them stop? By morning, Antoinette had full-blown onomatopoeia. Babel. Ballyhoo. Brouhaha. Then it hit her. It,

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Will Work 4 Food by Tasha Coryell

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Tasha Coryell is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. She is currently working on a novel about sorority girls. She’s had work at [PANK], The Collagist, and Sundog Lit. More work from Tasha can be found at tashacoryel.com. You can also find her tweeting under @tashaaaaaaa

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Paternity by Rupprecht Mayer

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Rupprecht Mayer was born 1946 near Salzburg. After some 20 years living and working in Taiwan, Beijing, and Shanghai, he resettled in southern Bavaria in 2012. He translates Chinese literature and writes short prose. English versions have appeared in AGNI Online, Barely South Review, Connotation Press, Flash Frontier, Gravel, Mad Hat, New World Writing, No Tokens, Portland Review, Right Hand Pointing, Sou’wester, Stymie Magazine, The Newer York, Toasted Cheese, Washington Square, Word Riot and elsewhere. See www.chinablaetter.info/rupprechtmayer/.

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Stork by Claudia McGarva

Claudia McGarva is a frustrated lawyer from Australia. She started writing short stories this year and won the 2014 New Lawyer Language writing competition. Claudia is an active member of the Canberra Women’s Literature Society and has a Masters in Family Law. She wishes she had studied creative writing instead.

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