SmokeLong Weekly for July 19, 2019:

Earthquake Girls

by Jayne S. Wilson

On the lawn, under the living room window and between the rose bushes, the three gnomes stand in a single row, cone hats like small red pyramids against the desert yellow of Paul Assenger’s house, names painted on two by his dead wife, on one by my mother. I destroy them all. Calvin and Allistair … Continue reading Earthquake Girls

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My Father’s SoulBy Martha Witt

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ViewfinderBy Christopher Santantasio

Shallow WaterBy Caits Meissner

Issue Sixty-Four

June 17, 2019

This Week’s Reader:

Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He recently published a  book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. He's also published Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories, and co-edited Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in many literary magazines, including Tin HouseThe Southwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York TimesPoets & WritersWriter’s Digest, and The Writer. He co-hosts the weekly podcast Write-minded.

Read the interview with Grant Faulkner

Artist Spotlight — Peggy Reavey

Interviewed by Paul Bilger Who are some of your influences?  Degas. I’m not talking about the ballerinas. I’m thinking of a startlingly intimate painting (for that time) of a man trimming his wife’s toenails. “La Pedicure.” Also, “Portrait of the Bellelli family,” where a mother and two daughters stand facing the seated father. The mood … Continue reading Artist Spotlight — Peggy Reavey