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Beringia (Part I)

Beringia (Part I)

In an Alaskan landscape transformed by global warming, the archaeological find of a lifetime sets off a chain of irreversible events between lifelong rivals. An Arctic epic begins.
Piano Concert

Piano Concert

Grand piano held a mouthful of maple tones. They cascaded with the release of pedal, keys and carnival percussion trapped bears and butterflies.
There’s No Place

There’s No Place

Four walls of high red brick: this is a house. Hides stretched taut over posts: this is a house. Earth and straw plied between timbers: this is a house.
In Quiet

In Quiet

I like it when quiet paints a portrait, moon-like countenance. In the background, day plays away at everything the world needs for movement.
Communion

Communion

Soon you will speak to an empty room, calmed by the weight of echoes, of space. Alone you become a snowflake of grief.
Gators

Gators

FIRST PRIZE WINNER. Beware. In the swamps of northern Louisiana, secrets as lethal as any gator may lurk just beneath the surface.
Q. & A. with Mike Sutton

Q. & A. with Mike Sutton

The Arkansas lawyer, First Prize winner in our Fall/Winter Fiction Contest, discusses his short story “Gators.”
Painting, in an Old Kitchen, Thinking of the Sea

Painting, in an Old Kitchen, Thinking of the Sea

You stand beside the window as I catch a simple scene: Payne’s gray countertop, a bit of teal to wash the walls, hot pink oil to fry the shrimp.
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The custom is to sit next to another when you enter alone, to fill each empty seat as close to another as you can. It is only a custom.
Permanent Guest

Permanent Guest

After losing everything you love, how much more would you give up to remain in the happiest place on earth?

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