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Noir – Call for Stories

Channel your inner detective. This October, Jersey City Writers and Art House Productions will present an evening of mystery and intrigue — Noir: A Celebration of Detective Fiction. Please read carefully all submission guidelines if you are interested in submitting. Submission Guidelines – 1,300 words or less (1,000 preferred) – Accepting flash fiction, novel excerpts, monologues and scripts – Send […]

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The Step

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy.   It starts with a step. But not the one you’re thinking of. Not the one at the beginning, over the blue plastic speed bump, when your heart rushes up into your throat and a chorus of watch beeps […]

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Street Walking

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. I have lived in the metropolitan New York City area for more than fourteen years and every day I walk the city’s streets. Over the years I have been pushed and jostled. I have been stepped on and nudged. […]

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Bum Coffee

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. It was two in the morning and I was sitting at the bar of a truck stop restaurant sipping bitter coffee. There were three other people in the bar, and only one other person in the rest of the […]

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Straddling the Meridian

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. The distance from the riverbank of the Thames to the Royal Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich is not very far.   For most people.   For the six New York City high school students with whom […]

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The Moment of Choice

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. I watched from a distance as the opening band to our gig arrived. Aware of their extreme tardiness, the passengers spilled out of the car and rushed to unload their gear. By contrast, the driver slowly peeled herself from […]

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Mourning Snow

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. I still couldn’t believe Tio Mario was gone. I had stood by his bedside during hospice and while he was semi-conscious he had held my hand. I had held his right back. The call, the wake, the funeral… it […]

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Coach Bulge

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. When I was eleven years old, I was obsessed with penises. I would check out the bulge on every man no matter his age, race or profession. I looked at a man’s face first, like normal people do. Then […]

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August Writing Opportunities

Just because it is the we are in the ‘Dog Days’ of summer doesn’t mean you should take a break from writing. The following are 7 opportunities that you should submit your work to this month: Lambda Literary Foundation Lambda Literary Foundation, a publisher of LGBTQ voices, is seeking submissions for the second issue of Nepantla: […]

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Death Wish

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. The jocks are pretending to picket protest our cafeteria lunch table while me and my freak friends sit quietly eating our vegetarian lunches. Life as a misunderstood punk rocker has never been this exhilarating.   “Hell no, we won’t […]

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