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An Author's Perspective

Featuring new fiction from Ken Brosky and author authors, as well as occasional political commentary whenever something really important happens. But mostly fiction.

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"The Poetess Writes Unanswered Letters" by Carrie Messenger

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I've been reading a lot from Redivider, a literary journal housed at Emerson College (and I have every intention of submitting a short story to it sometime in the near future). It's a really impressive journal, very entertaining with some great poetry and artwork included in every issue. I spoke at length with a couple of editors from the AWP writer's conference in Chicago as well, and they all seem to share a passion for the literary profession.

Click here to read "The Poetess Writes Unanswered Letters" by Carrie Messenger.

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Fiction: "Connie Keeps Goats" by W.A. Reed

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Wisconsin's own Porcupine Literary journal, currently NOT accepting new submissions (how do they replenish their journal, then?!), provides a couple of free short stories online. One short story I read that I really enjoyed was this one.

Click here to read "Connie Keeps Goats" by W.A. Reed.

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Fiction: "Two-Step" by Maile Meloy

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One of the best things about Zoetrope: All-Story is their Web site provides a couple stories from each issue, free to read, plus excerpts from the other stories so you can really get a feel for what's going on inside each issue.

Click here to read "Two-Step" by Maile Meloy.

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Fiction: "Rumors About Me" by Yasutaka Tsutsui

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Since I'm enjoying reading through all of the All-Story back-issues online while listening to the Brewers Game (Manny Parra ... come on, dude!), I thought I'd share this one with you, originally a translation:

Click here to read "Rumors About Me" by Yasutaka Tsutsui.

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Fiction: "The Tyrant's Tales" by Brent Spencer

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I had the opportunity to work with Brent Spencer for a semester while working on MFA degree in Nebraska, and let me tell you: not only can he write a great story, he can perform it, too. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising, given his acting history ... but after I saw him read publicly, I was excited to be working with him for an entire semester.

Click here to read "The Tyrant's Tales" by Brent Spencer.

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The Three Wolf Moon t-shirt

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Sometimes, fiction can take some on some pretty interesting guises. When something becomes ironic enough, it becomes funny. Case in point: the  Three Wolf moon t-shirt.

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Flash Fiction: "The Pretty Ones" by Douglas Bruton

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For those of you more interested in short, concise pieces that you can finish while your porn is downloading, I have a solution:

Click here to read "The Pretty Ones" by Douglas Bruton.

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Fiction: "The Whale Hunter" by Steinur Bell

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Let's have some fun over the next few weeks and take a look at finalists for the "Million Writers Award." Basically, StorySouth literary journal has compiled a bunch of stories available online and chosen the best of the best for an award (my short story "On the Tenth Day, I Kept It Down" is conspicuously absent).

Click here to read "The Whale Hunter."

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