Rudston

Ed Blundell worked as a teacher of English, a school inspector and as Director of Education for the town of Stockport. Ed has had short stories and poetry published in over thirty magazines. His poetry has featured in The Horror Zone, Popshot, Orbis, Psychopoetica, Carillon and Purple Patch. His stories have been published in Abandoned […]

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Urban Adventure | Five Dollar Corvair

Allen Forrest is a writer who has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books, the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style […]

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Talk of Desert at a Music Festival

Debarun Sarkar lives in Calcutta and spends most of his time juggling between freelancing and writing. Recent works have appeared in or are forthcoming in 1:1000, Visual Verse, Former People, Burningword, The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles, Your One Phone Call, Wild Plum, Tiny Donkey, among others. Talk of Desert at a Music Festival I […]

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The Orange Backpack, He Has One

Phillip Wenturine, a native Floridian, is currently a Fulbright Professor in Santarém, Portugal. His short story collection, A Search For Cheap Wine, is on Amazon, and he has published other essays in Intrinsick Magazine, The Good Men Project, Aurora Magazine, Dime Show Review, Sick Lit, Potluck Magazine, and Lavender Bluegrass. He has an MFA in […]

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The Natural Moment

Richard LeBlond is a retired biologist living in North Carolina. Since 2014, his essays and photographs have appeared in numerous U.S. and international journals, including Montreal Review, Hippocampus, Compose, Smoky Blue, Appalachia, and Still Point Arts Quarterly. The Natural Moment This has been an unusually busy winter for me. What used to be a given—a […]

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Vacation: Return to the Harbor

We’re going to Le Havre! What a lark!  What a razz-matazz, living in a harbor town full of alternatives and sailors.  It was the moment life went BOOM. YOU HAVE ARRIVED. Hello, world!  Hello, beach!  Hello, midnight! And now we’re on our way back, my friend Laura and I (she of the cheese-tour-meltdown, who once […]

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Odd Jobs: The French Hotel

You know how stories about living in France tend to be all drapey and gooey and winey-cheesy? Well. Every Saturday I head to the market with my basket on wheels and buy tomatoes from the tomato farmer and cheese from the tired cheese guy and the most random vegetables from ‘le petit gars’ who charges so little you feel guilty and try to overpay, and […]

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Lesbian Empire Builder

I’m on an Amtrak train cross-country and my train conductor is a lesbian. She’s beautiful and butch and has just the right sides of her head shaved that I will have me spending the next three days fantasizing about how I can get invited back to her sleeper car. I may or may not have […]

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Giving Up Sugar for Lent

I gave up refined sugar for Lent. Fat Tuesday was coincidentally a particularly indulgent day; I had large fry bread as part of my lunch and an ice cream cone as a snack. Guilty and concerned, I gave up refined sugar, not for religious reasons—I’m an atheist—but because I was curious to see how abstinence […]

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Give Peace A Chance

I’ve been in Cyprus for three weeks now, meeting with officials, professionals, and activists about the peace process, their bicommunal work here, and my theoretical thesis project.  I’ve been immersed in peace talks, and have met with incredibly hardworking and passionate people.  Still, the environment does not speak peace, and it has been weighing on […]

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