“Out There in the Sunlight (after a line by Larry Levis)” published in Red Earth Review

“Ruben Vasquez wanted to kill his own father. He had waited all day, the morning dampness and coolness dissolving into mid-day warmth, for his father to drift away from the rest of them. When he watched his father walk alone to the Porta John, he leaned forward from the gate of the water truck and wiped his upper lip with the back of his hand, smearing sweat and dirt. Their break over, the other workers stopped talking and laughing and rolled back on their bandanas, hoodies, and hats; no gloves.”

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Red Earth Review has published “Out There in the Sunlight (after a line by Larry Levis),” a short story revolving around family tension, loyalty, and California agriculture. Many thanks to all those involved!

https://issuu.com/redearthreview/docs/rerissuujuly2016

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“From the Top” Now Available in OxMag

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“…for those of us who are regulars or are turning over a rock of curiosity that life has exposed, listening in the car or listening on the Internet to the broadcast from the studio of WHOO in Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s never too late to jump in with what she started, because she’s always available to us in one of three forms: strictly facts, stories that belong to someone else, and poetic tensions that pull in and let out, like a winch, things that seem certain once they emerge from under a lyrical veneer.”

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Oxford Magazine has published “From the Top,” a short story uncovering the life of an astrologist. Many thanks to all those involved.

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Oxford Magazine

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“Confluence” Published in Sequestrum

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“She has claimed that the bear followed her to Iraq and to the military hospital after she was injured on her second tour. Sometimes she saw it smoking a cigarette under the desert moon glowing just outside the rubble and the loops of razor wire. Once, she saw it hand out rounds of ammunition after a man walked too close to the perimeter. The bear was on watch that night, positioned on a rooftop fortified with sandbags and protective glass. It shot the shit with her fellow troops, many of the jokes making her blush.”

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Sequestrum has published “Confluence,” a short story in which a brother tries reconciling his relationship with his sister after she returns from deployment in Iraq. Many thanks to all those involved!

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Sequestrum

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“Personal Day” Available at Split Lip Mag

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“JT looks like the other boys in shorts and t-shirts with skateboards emblazoned on the front; Cousin Dylan is, well, Cousin Dylan, a curly-haired ginger with a speech impediment that sounds like a single-stroke engine missing half its stroke; and there’s Marybeth pushing her way to the front of a bio-diversity panel suspended from the ceiling, telling the other kids that what they don’t understand is how this leaf there, this one, the one she’s pointing to, is different than all the other leaves on display. The colors make it stand out.”

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Split Lip has published “Personal Day,” a flash-fiction piece. It’s about 500 words; you could read it on your lunch break or in between things on your to-do list or just hanging out. Many thanks to all those involved!

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www.splitlipmagazine.com/#!816-william-auten/c8kh

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