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Summertime by Srđan Srdić


Srđan Srdić (born 3 November 1977 in Kikinda, Serbia) is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, editor and creative reading/writing teacher. He has published two novels (The Dead Field and Satori), two short story collections (Espirando and Combustions), and a book of essays (Notes from Reading). He has contributed as a writer and/or editor to numerous short story collections and literary magazines. Srdic was editor of the international short story festival Kikinda Short from 2008 to 2011. He is now a co-editor in the literary magazine Severni bunker and was one of the editors for The European Short Story Network. He won a prize for the best prose work at the literary contest organized by the magazine Ulaznica in 2007 and the Laza Lazarevic Award for the best unpublished Serbian story in 2009. In 2010 Srdic won the only Serbian literary scholarship from the Borislav Pekic Foundation. For his second book, a short story collection called Espirando, he was awarded the Biljana Jovanovic Prize and the Edo Budisa Prize. Srdic’s prose has been translated into English, Albanian, Slovenian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Hungarian.

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Henry, Out to Sea by Daniel Wessler Riordan


Daniel Wessler Riordan’s fiction has appeared in Caketrain, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, SmokeLong Quarterly and others, and has been listed as notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a recent graduate of the NEOMFA in Cleveland, OH.

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Wild Dogs and Children by Bruce Holbert

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Bruce Holbert’s fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, among other journals. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The New Orleans Review, RiverLit and Quarterly West. His novels LONESOME ANIMALS (2012 Spur Award Finalist) and THE HOUR OF LEAD (2014 Best Novels/Historical Novels Kirkus Review) are published by Counterpoint Press.

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Renaissance by Emily Williamson

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Emily Williamson’s most recently published story appeared in Blackbird, another was a finalist in Glimmer Train‘s Fiction Open 2012, and her poetry has appeared in The Waterhouse Review. She is currently at work on a novel and a short story collection. Emily received an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she now lives and works as an editor.

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The Gospel on Giving Up by Thomas Kearnes


Thomas Kearnes is a 38-year-old writer living in Houston, originally from East Texas. He holds an MA in screenwriting from The University of Texas at Austin. His recent publications are in Sundog Lit, Necessary Fiction, Gadfly, 5×5 and elsewhere. He is studying to become a substance abuse counselor.

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The Turkey Rumble by Kate Folk

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Listen to a reading of “The Turkey Rumble” by Kate Folk.

During the long drive to his parents’ house, my boyfriend Tim tells me about his family’s Thanksgiving tradition. It’s called the Turkey Rumble. It’s like Secret Santa, he says, except instead of giving gifts, his family members inflict minor injuries on each other.      Tim’s family is full of adrenaline junkies. His parents were once drug addicts, but they got clean before Tim was born and started a lucrative real estate business. Now they seek thrills in extreme sports, juice cleanses and the artful application of pain.      Tim describes

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Tegmine by Sally Franson

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Sally Franson’s work has appeared in Witness, Room Magazine, The Great River Review, and elsewhere. Recipient of a 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and 2014 Ucross Foundation residency, she received her MFA at the University of Minnesota, where she currently lectures. Find her online at

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Nobody Loves Mr. Iglesias by Shane Hinton


Shane Hinton holds an MFA from the University of Tampa. His work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in The Butter, Clackamas Literary Review, Atticus Review, and the Dead Mule. His first book, Pinkies, will be available June 2015 from Burrow Press. Find out more at

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The Fight: Meditationa DeLaCarnivore vs. Mme. Oxford-Picayune by Jim Meirose


Jim Meirose’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Word Riot, the Fiddlehead, Witness, Alaska Quarterly review, and Xavier Review, and has been nominated for several awards. Two collections of his short work have been published and his novels, “Claire”,”Monkey”, and “Freddie Mason’s Wake” are available from Amazon.

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Hoarders by Jami M. Kimbrell

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Jami Kimbrell is a trial attorney in Tallahassee, Florida specializing in Plaintiff’s Civil Rights and Employment Litigation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from Florida State University and when she is not working or writing or mothering three kids, five dogs, and one husband, she spends her time doing whatever she can to make room for reading and more writing. She also makes a mean cremini mushroom scalloped potatoes. And she makes Halloween costumes from felt and hot glue and pipe cleaners. Currently, she is revising a handful of short stories and writing mostly flash fiction.

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