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THE CRATER OF ORIZABA AND OTHER STORIES by Bart Bonner (December, 2016)
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"Powerful writing and exotic locales set the stage for author Bart Bonner to weave intriguing tales and complex characters into this diverse collection of short stories. A beautiful and significant work, always deeply human, Bonner’s precisely drawn The Crater of Orizaba carries the reader on a magical, intimate journey to small villages and great cities, the domain of world travelers. Each finely sketched character lingers, their stories luring us to worlds we would rather not leave." — Charles Degelman, author, Gates of Eden, A Bowl Full of Nails

ABOUT BART BONNER
Bart Bonner lives and works in Austin, Texas. His short stories have appeared in literary reviews based in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, and England. The Crater of Orizaba and Other Stories, named a Finalist in the Texas Review Press 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize Competition, is his first short story collection.

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THE PULL OF IT by Wendy J. Fox (September, 2016)

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"The Pull of It  sneaks up on you. The emotional geography is not uncommon, but the trek through it is anything but ordinary. Wendy J. Fox’s understanding of each hill and dale’s place in a life and the wisdom with which she renders the journey makes her book fresh country indeed. Fox’s language engages; her insights into how we work, why the trail turns, why the hills wear us down, and how we love despite the long walk is remarkable." --Bruce Holbert, author of The Hour of Lead

ABOUT WENDY J. FOX
WENDY J. FOX was raised in rural Washington state, and lived in Turkey in the early 2000s. She holds an MFA from The Inland Northwest Center for Writers and is a frequent contributor to literary magazines and blogs. Her debut collection The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories won Press 53's 2014 competition for short fiction. She currently resides in Denver, where she is at work on a second novel.

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MIRACULOUS FAUNA by Timmy Reed (March, 2016)

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“No one writes like Timmy Reed; he has a haunting, unique voice that sticks hard and fast in your head. Miraculous Fauna is freaky in the very best way. You'll glide straight through to the tender and enchanting end.” - Jessica Anya Blau, author of The WonderBread Summer and Drinking Closer to Home

ABOUT TIMMY REED
Timmy Reed is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He has published works in a number of places over the years including Akashic Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Curbside Splendor, Everyday Genius, Necessary Fiction, and Atticus Review. His short fiction has been included in the Wigleaf Top 50 in both 2014 and 2015 and he received a 2015 Baker Artist Award B-Grant for his writing. He is the author of the story collection Tell God I Don't Exist (Underrated Animals Press) and the novel The Ghosts That Surrounded Them (Dig That Book, Co.), and Star Backwards (Dostoyevsky Wannabe Books), as well as the chapbooks Zeb and Bunny Build Russian Dolls (Hidden Clearing Press) and Stray/Pest (Bottlecap Press).

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THE BEGINNING THINGS by Bunny Goodjohn (November, 2015)

Nominated for the 19th Library of Virginia Literary Awards
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"Watch out. You can get dangerously attached to the people of Tot Thompson’s world. Dangerous because the last page WILL COME and you shall realize it’s only a book." —Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine and others.

ABOUT BUNNY GOODJOHN
Bunny Goodjohn was born in London in 1960 and moved to the United States in 1999. She is published in both prose and poetry and her books include Sticklebacks and Snow Globes (Permanent Press 2007, Scribe 2008, Centrepolygraph 2008) and Bone Song (Briery Creek Press 2015). She teaches and directs the Writing Program at Randolph College in Lynchburg. www.bagoodjohn.com

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THEFT: AND OTHER TALES OF LOSS AND THE WORKING CLASS by John Abbott (July, 2015)

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John Abbott’s ability to allow his characters and their situations to stand out on the page is something one gets in the exchange that takes place between he and his reader. Theft: And Other Tales of Loss and the Working Class masterfully accomplishes the deepest part of this relationship and offers the reader something unique, something apart from the expected, and from the commonplace in the name of a reality running parallel to our own and right before our eyes. — Paul B. Roth, editor & publisher The Bitter Oleander Press

ABOUT JOHN ABBOTT
John Abbott is a writer, musician, and English instructor who lives with his wife and daughter in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Redivider, The Potomac Review, Georgetown Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Arcadia, Two Thirds North, upstreet, Bitter Oleander and many others. His first novel The Last Refrain is now available from Sweatshoppe Publications, and his poetry chapbook Near Harmony is available from Flutter Press. For more information about his writing, please visit www.johnabbottauthor.com

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WEST: A sci-fi novel by Whitney Poole (March 2015)

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Sebastian's father is missing. His house is in ruins. He finds the city of his youth changed so much it is almost recognizable. All that remains are journal entries about a mystical aleph existing somewhere in the city. In Sebastian’s search, he finds that people in the city are losing their memories, only to reappear with entirely new identities and no memory of the past. Worse yet is that Sebastian's memory begins to slip as well…

“A young writer finds his chops. It's a wonderful moment to witness.” –– Alan Cheuse, book reviewer on NPR

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AD PARNASSUM: A novella and 2 shorts by Nancy Weber (Dec 9th, 2014)

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PRAISE FOR NANCY WEBER'S WRITING
The Life Swap is a curious period piece. It has a touchy-feely incontinence that brings scatter cushions and consciousness-raising workshops irresistibly to mind. Still, it's a bloody good read. – The Guardian

ABOUT NANCY WEBER
When Nancy Weber was in second grade at Beach Park Elementary School in West Hartford, Connecticut, her poem Spring was published in the sixth grade magazine, causing an elation that shaped her life. If she isn’t writing, she’s just taking up space. Her books includes two slipstream novels, The Playgroup and Brokenhearted; eight romances under the name Jennifer Rose; a pair of YA novels, Double Solitaire; and The Life Swap, the mostly true story of the glorious mess that came about in 1973 when she tried to become Micki Wrangler while Micki was trying to be her. Nancy wrote the American lyrics for Seagull: The Musical with noted Russian composer Alexander Zhurbin. Her pieces on food, sex, travel, and family appear often in nycitywoman.com, womensvoicesforchange.org, ceotraveler.com, and libidoforlife.com. She lives in Greenwich Village, the setting for her next novel, a murder mystery in which lovable swinging seniors are targeted by a repressed food blogger.

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THE DEMON WHO PEDDLED LONGING: A novel by Khanh Ha (Nov 21st 2014)

2014 Shelf Unbound Notable Book
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"In The Demon Who Peddled Longing, the uncoiling of destiny occurs through karmically determined deployment of detail. Set in Vietnam, an unnamed protagonist journeys through a Faulknerian dreamscape where redemption arises out of violence and beauty blossoms from the mire of loss. From the outset, the world of Khanh Ha's novel worlds his characters and, in rare achievement, it is able to world, through a mesmerizing rhythm of language, the reader as well. That this novel is an artistic triumph is an understatement." –– John M. Gist, Red Savina Review

ABOUT KHANH HA
Khanh Ha’s debut novel is Flesh (2012, Black Heron Press). A three-time Pushcart nominee and a two-time Best of the Net Award nominee, his work has appeared in Waccamaw Journal, storySouth, Greensboro Review, Permafrost Magazine, Saint Ann’s Review, Poydras Review, Underground Voices, Moon City Review, The Long Story, Red Savina Review, DUCTS, Lunch Ticket, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Sugar Mule, Yellow Medicine Review, and other fine journals.

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FAULKNER & FRIENDS: A novel by Vicki Salloum (Sep 21st 2014)

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“If I didn’t know better, I’d swear there’s something in the water coming down the river that blooms good writers in New Orleans like magnolia blossoms: Faulkner, Rice, Percy, Toole, etc. And now here’s the newest one to squeeze the heart to offer up its secrets. Faulkner & Friends is a wonderful read; that it’s set in New Orleans is lagniappe.” –– William Greenway, Ph.D., Author of Everywhere at Once and Fishing at the End of the World

ABOUT VICKI SALLOUM
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Vicki Salloum has lived in New Orleans for many years with her husband, Wayne Holley. Her debut novella, A Prayer to Saint Jude, was published in 2012 by Main Street Rag Publishing. Her short stories have been included in the anthologies When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple (Papier-Mache Press, 1987); Pass/Fail: 32 Stories About Teaching (Red Sky Books, 2001); and Voices From the Couch (America House, 2001). An excerpt from Faulkner & Friends appeared in the anthology Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press, 2006). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

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15: Stories by J.S. Kierland (July 21st 2014)

2015 Finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards

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“J.S. Kierland is that rare writer, one who can deal with both urban and rural themes in masterful fashion. This gift allows him to write about a wide range of disparate characters and settings with astonishing precision and power. His taut prose style, innate sense of drama and ability to look at life in an unflinching but always compassionate way are everywhere in evidence in this remarkable collection of stories.” -–Willard Manus editor/publisher of lively-arts.com; author of Mott The Hoople.

ABOUT J.S. KIERLAND
A graduate of the Yale school of Drama, Joseph Kierland was founder and director of the Los Angeles Playwright’s Group and was Playwright-in-residence at New York Lincoln’s Center, Brandeis University and the Los Angeles Actor’s Theater. In the past decade, plays developed under Kierland’s mentorship in the L.A. Playwright’s Group were produced at a rate of more than one per month throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Kierland’s original plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his film work includes writing the screenplay for the feature film, “O’Hara’s wife,” starring a young Jodie Foster. He has published a novel, edited two books of one-act plays, written two films, and has had over forty publications of his short stories in literary reviews and magazines around the country. This is his first collection of short stories.

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SCARS OF THE NEW ORDER: Stories by Scott Neuffer (May 21st 2014)

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"Scott Neuffer’s finely crafted stories explore all things taboo like the dark allure of a bad accident. With their impossible juxtaposition and haunting realism, these are the kinds of stories that make you want to fall in love (again) with the underappreciated, humble short story. The author has said that he promises his next book will be happier, yet a dark part of me hopes he changes his mind." ––Elizabeth Leiknes, author of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns


ABOUT SCOTT NEUFFER
Scott Neuffer is a freelance writer who lives in Nevada with his wife Maria and son Andrés. He spent five years as a staff reporter for Sierra Nevada Media Group before venturing out on his own. His nonfiction has appeared in various publications and websites. His short fiction has appeared in Fiction Fix, The Nevada Review, and Underground Voices’ print anthology. He is currently working on a novel.

“Scars of the New Order” materialized during his stint as a beat reporter. Writing fiction became a way to process the trauma he covered in his community during the Great Recession, as well as personal trauma in his own family. He also wanted to explore a historical period shaped by millennial youth and aspirations, terrorism and perpetual warfare, economic and political dysfunction, and pervasive feelings of loss and disillusionment. He promises his next book will be happier.

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THE COLLECTOR OF TEARS
: A short story collection by Michael C. Keith (March 21st, 2014)   
Finalist in the Fiction Visionary category of the 2014 International Book Awards

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"Michael Keith, a master of the near normal and bizarre, holds you in the grip of each story -- scarily when not tenderly -- leaving you to think of his characters long after your visit has ended. And always looking forward to more." –– Kathleen Kelley Reardon, correspondent for The Huffington Post.

ABOUT MICHAEL C. KEITH
Michael C. Keith has been favorably reviewed by Newsday, The Boston Globe, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly... In addition, his short story collection, "And Through the Trembling Air," was an Indie Excellence Finalist; while his short story collection, "Of Night and Light" was a finalist in the "Fiction: Visionary" category of the 2013 International Book Awards."

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Cover art: Lizzy Love

RED MOON DISTRICT: A collection of short stories and poetry, 2013 (December 20th, 2013).   
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Fiction Contributors Rodger Jacobs, Jim Meirose, Jamez Chang, Carter Schwonke, Steven Loton, George Sparling, Mark Daponte, James Brown, Thomas Kearnes, Mary Krienke, Luke Tennis, Olyn Ozbick, Khanh Ha, Zachary Amendt, David Luntz, Dennis Kennedy, JeanPaul Ferro, Patti Abbott, Zdravka Evtimova, D.H. Schleicher, David Snyder, Simon Friel, Kristen Falso-Capaldi, Michael C. Keith, Jenean McBrearty, Conor Powers-Smith, Timothy Bearly, Evan W. Stoner

Poetry Contributors Ronan Barbour, Ken Poyner, R.C. Edrington, Cody Badaracca, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Mitchell Grabois, Ted Jean, Frederick Pollack, James Babbs, Stephanie Smith, B.Z. Niditch, Meg Johnson, Marc Pietrzykowski, Noel Sloboda


KING OF THE BAJA:
The Writings of Robert Guskind (October 19th, 2013).   
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Guskind was a former Washington Post reporter whose life unraveled after years of heavy drug use. He sustained his drug habit on a string of minimum wage jobs and petty crime. Eventually, he returned to reporting after cleaning himself up. Over a period of two years, Guskind sent Underground Voices "test pages" that he hoped would become his memoir covering the drug years. Guskind passed away in March 2009 and his memoir never came to fruition. UV has gathered his pages, however, and will publish KING OF THE BAJA, his "unfinished memoir," hoping it comes close to what he would have wanted. Tony DuShane, columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and former editor of Cherry Bleeds, has written the intro for the book.

Read the NY Times article on his passing and see the KING OF THE BAJA page.

Cover art: Vince Bank (from a photo by A. Kavousian)


SCARRED CANVAS,
SELECTED POEMS BY RC EDRINGTON, JUNE 2013.   
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"RC Edrington provides a different type of gritty, urban realism, one more in the tradition of Chas Bukowski and Bill Burroughs where life has a toxicological centre. But, pastiche it is not. Though perhaps being heard from the same direction, Edrington's is a distinct voice that could be best described as post-modern beat." -- John Mingay

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Cover art: Cecilia Ferreira

FROM THE UV FILES A collection of short stories and poetry, 2012.   
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"You're a good man, Mr. Hobbes, but you're not one for this precisely because you're a good man. Myself and the boys here, we're good men too, but we're a different sort of good, the kind that sees its share of blood every now and then. The kind that doesn't need badges, Mr. Hobbes, because if we had badges, we wouldn't be any different than we are now. You understand me?" --Daniel Davis, To Good Ends

Fiction Contributors Steven Loton, William C. Kilby, D. Keramitas, Daniel Davis, William J. Fedigan, Phillip Gardner, Gary Clifton, Nick Medina, Jo Neace Krause, Christian Riley, Beau Johnson, Timothy Bearly, TT Jax, Scott Neuffer, Ellen Denton

Poetry Contributors Ken Poyner, Riley Spilman, Steven Gulvezan, Cassandra Dallett, Sara Letourneau, Jonathan Hine, Mary Shanley, Ron D’Alena, Catfish McDaris

Cover art: Vince Bank
See the progression of Vince Bank's illustrations from start to finish.

HOTEL OBLIVION A collection of short stories and poetry, 2011.   
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I sat in my cheap car with the sun visor down, taking a nap. It was three in the afternoon and I had been working all day. Hell, I had been working my whole life. 65 years of age and not even a sniff of retirement. Broke is what I was. Of course there were times when I was flush, but it didn‘t last. Nothing lasted. I was on my fifth divorce. - Steven Loton, Riker's Town

Fiction Contributors Zachary Amendt, D.G. Bracey, Andrew Cusick, Jason Price Everett, Iman Carol Fears, Steven Loton, Eric Victor Neagu, Stephen Raburn, Christian Riley, Garrett Socol, Jasmine Swaney, Declan Tan, Tom Vick, H.V. Whitehead, Patrick Witherell

Poetry Contributors Cody Badaracca, Cortney Davis, John Dorsey, James H. Duncan, Robert Laughlin, Cynthia Ruth Lewis Dennis Mahagin, Douglas Polk, Geoff Kagan Trenchard.

Cover art: Alexander Jansson

ON THE VERGE by Peres Owino, 2011.   
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"To step into or not to step into? Tough choice. I decided to step and low and behold a skinny gentleman—who looked more like an amalgamation of any of the four major races—handed me a magazine with the face of Barack Obama adorned with a Hitler moustache. Yes, Papi had that much cajones! THEY figured a "minority" handing out controversial pamphlets about a "minority" president to other "minorities" is less likely to encounter a fist in face or foot in ass response because we are both "minorities." THEY were right. Don't you just hate it when THEY are right?"

On The Verge: rants, opinions and thoughts on politics, sex, religion and all other forms of societal mayhem cluttering our orifices.

Cover art: Vince Bank

LAST TRAIN TO NOIR CITY A collection of short stories and poetry, 2010.   
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Contributors
Zachary Amendt, Tom Badyna, Katherine Conner, Carl Miller Daniels, John Dorsey, Michael Fedo, Glenn Gray, John Grey, John Grochalski, Tim Hawkins, Sean C. Hayden, S. Hemming, Allison Kade, Margaret Karmazin, Travis Mills, Corey Pajka, Rob Plath, Jim Ryals, Michael Shorb, Barry Spacks, Justin Wade Thompson

Included in this collection is the storySouth Million Award nominated story The Face by Sean C. Hayden.




CHEWING THE FAT. A poetry anthology, 2009.   
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Included in the collection are poems by the late Scott Wannberg, "a gentle behemoth of the Los Angeles poetry scene," --the LA Times.

Contributors
James Babbs, Nathan A. Baker, JJ Campbell, Carol Carpenter, MK Chavez, DB Cox, Dennis Cruz, Ron D'Alena, Cortney Davis, John Dorsey, RC Edrington, SA Griffin, John Grochalski, Daryl Horton, Debbie Kirk, Karl Koweski, Michele Leavitt, Cynthia Ruth Lewis, Lyn Lifshin, John Macker, Keith Niles, Tony O'Neill, Robert Plath, Greg Scharf, Mather Schneider, Michael Shorb, John Sweet, Joseph Veronneau, Scott Wannberg, Lafayette Wattles and Richard Wink

Cover art: Cecilia Ferreira