Smokelong Weekly for May 6, 2015:

Old Man Falling Off of Stool

art by David Sifry
by Timur Jonathan Karaca

There were no seats left at any of the tables, so the old man stepped over to an empty high stool at the counter, sliding in with his hands full—a plate (gruyere and pastrami on sourdough) jittering in his right hand, and a novel (a spy-thriller) clutched in his left—and lowered one haunch down toward … Continue reading Old Man Falling Off of Stool

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Any Friend of My FriendBy Mardith Louisell

Broken BirdsBy Debbie Kinsey

FallBy Santi Elijah Holley

The Pool GuyBy Jessica Alexander

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Issue Forty-Seven

April 6, 2015

This Week’s Reader:

Cynthia Reeves

Cynthia Reeves has published across a wide range of forms, from prose poetry and flash fiction to the novella. Her most recent publications are the short story “Confession of the Ugly Girl” and the essay “Experimental Fiction Is Not Literature! and Other Myths About Nontraditional Fiction” in Waxwing IV (Fall 2104); “In the Deep Wood,” a contemporary fairy tale published in Booth (Fall 2014); and “The Punk Test,” found in the anthology of experimental prose Wreckage of Reason II (Spuyten Duyvil 2014). Her first book, Badlands (2008), won the Miami University Press Novella Prize. A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s M.F.A. program, Reeves teaches in Bryn Mawr College’s Creative Writing Program and in Rosemont College’s MFA Program.

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Fridge Flash: Timemasheen

Timemasheen fridge flash1

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s Fridge Flash by 7-year-old Zo was written on wide paper, three pages’ worth, so his mom couldn’t capture it all with a photo. Here’s the story in its original “invented spelling,” along with mom’s translation below. One day when I woke up I saw a timemasheen! I called Asher and Ethan. We … Continue reading Fridge Flash: Timemasheen


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