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Press

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – 800 Dirty Words. Please enjoy.   It’s all in the back room, the one that overlooks the vineyard. The room stays cool all day, a touch of warmth from the Mediterranean sun, but with a light breeze that stirs the air. The vintner […]

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Last Ride

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy.   We picked up the kid a couple miles south of Kansas City on 49, which used to be 71. We were the ride that taught him not to hitchhike. Lonny’s hands had shivered on the steering wheel […]

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Things I Don’t Remember

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy.   I don’t remember the first bad night, when you smoked and listened to Alice Cooper in the dark, and mom cried on the other side of the wall. I don’t remember sitting awake all night outside Tyler’s […]

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Little Thing

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – The Horror of Love. Please enjoy. The motel is halfway between Tybee Beach and nowhere, the last stop for the holiday folks who can’t make the drive in one go. The Value Inn closed so we’re the only place left and we keep busy, […]

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The Warrior-Ghost

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy.   The summer after Pastor Lowry disappeared, Shayla was bored pretty much all the time, and so she jumped on the story of the graveyard ghost. Pastor Lowry had been the grown-up’s preacher at their church, […]

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The Beginning

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event – Noir: A Celebration of Detective Fiction. Please enjoy. Mark Hamilton went missing the day we found Shayla’s baby. They said Shayla’d been raped by the Carter boy and had cut town four days ago, only didn’t tell anybody, and didn’t take […]

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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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Magazines

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Worlds of Ruin: A Literary Celebration of Apocalyptic Science Fiction. Please enjoy. Margaret Tompkins awoke to the sound of bombs. Bang…Bang…BANG “Yeaargghh!!!” she half-screeched and rolled sideways with a thump onto the floor, and kept rolling into— “Grrrraagggh!!!” The cat’s litter box. “Igh. Igh no.” A […]

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Destinations

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ bi-monthly genre event–Rendezvous: A Literary Celebration of Historical Romance. Please enjoy.             Elisa waited until everyone who had boarded the train with them back in Baltimore had departed, most of them in Philadelphia and Pittsburg, waited until the train car […]

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Ophelia’s Soliloquy

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Terrible Princess: A Celebration of the Fantasy Genre. Please enjoy.   Ev’ry river starts in a woman’s heart, Pours forth past the castles and lands of men, And does not end until the ocean’s end. From Sirens, to the Lady of the Lake, […]

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