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Jamie may want more from life than Pine Gap can offer, but leaving is complicated. When she gets her ticket out, she’s not sure whether to use it—until a disaster changes everything.
Putting together Volume II, we've come to realize that it's still a dangerous world, but it's also a mysterious world. What's going on in that hotel in Egypt or that oasis in Mali? Does that Korean monk really have the ability to predict the future? What about the shopkeeper in Panama? Where does the little Turkish boy get his great strength? Is there something special about the man who makes artificial eyes in Guatemala? What is the source of the Kenyan warrior's tranquility? What motivates the visiting teacher in Samoa? It's a mysterious world, all right, and we've got twenty more stories from twenty terrific writers to prove it.
These engaging, powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories have been carefully selected from hundreds of submissions from Ohio authors. The egalitarian selection process attracted and published authors of all types and experience levels, from the literary stalwarts of Ohio's impressive academic communities, to debut authors toiling to rise above their day jobs.
Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II features the work of Tom Barlow, Jennifer Bryan, Chris Burnside, Charles Derry, Scott Geisel, Emily Hitchcock, Brenda Layman, Ian Moeckel, Kathleen Nicklaus, Michael O'Donnell, G.L. Mislin, Lawrence Parlier, Brooks Rexroat, Tonja Matney Reynolds, and Sara Ross Witt.
Every reader will find a story to love in this unique collection of short stories by Ohio authors.
This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.
The small town of Lake St. Vitus, Michigan, might not be the ideal place to foster a dance prodigy. Yet after a kindhearted middle school music teacher recognizes a young boy’s promise, she takes the novice under her wing, developing her lack of know-how through instructional books from the library. No one—not even the boy’s unenthusiastic father—can deny the young student’s talent, and soon his gift has opened a door to the world outside their insular community. Happy to leave and never look back, the dancer hopes that he will avoid the ordinary fate of his classmates. Soon his talent is inspiring the awe of a global audience, while taking him farther away from his humble origins. But when the dancer returns to Lake St. Vitus for a homecoming performance, he just might discover that the distance he’s created cannot protect him from everything he’s tried so hard to escape.
Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio includes some of the best regional poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from forty contemporary writers, both established and up-and-coming. The wide range of material from authors such as David Baker, Don Bogen, Michelle Burke, Richard Hague, Donald Ray Pollock, and others, offers the reader a window into daily life in the region. The people, the landscape, the struggles, and the deepest undercurrents of what it means to be from and of a place are revealed in these original, deeply moving, and sometimes shocking pieces.
The book is divided into four sections: Family & Folks, The Land, The Grind, and Home & Away, each of which explores a different aspect of the place that these authors call home. The sections work together beautifully to capture what it means to live, to love, and to die in this particular slice of Appalachia. The writing is accessible and often emotionally raw; Every River on Earth invites all types of readers and conveys a profound appreciation of the region’s character.
The authors also offer personal statements about their writing, allowing the reader an intimate insight into their processes, aesthetics, and inspirations. What is it to be an Appalachian? What is it to be an Appalachian in Ohio? This book vividly paints that picture.
Every River on Earth
David Lee Garrison
I look out the window and see
through the neighbor’s window
to an Amish buggy
where three children are peeping back,
and in their eyes I see the darkness
of plowed earth hiding seed.
Wind pokes the land in winter,
trying to waken it,
and in the melting snow
I see rainbows and in them
every river on earth. I see all the way
to the ocean, where sand and stones
embrace each falling wave
and reach back to gather it in.
Columbus Creative Cooperative solicited short stories from Ohio's most prestigious institutions, and also welcomed work from writers of all skill and experience levels in an open, egalitarian submission process. From hundreds of qualified candidates, the best stories were selected for publication.
This first-of-its-kind anthology features stories from notable Ohio authors, as well as stories from authors making their fiction debut.
Best of Ohio Short Stories features the work of eighteen Ohio authors: David Armstrong, Mark D. Baumgartner, Joseph Downing, Kevin Duffy, Ann Brimacombe Elliot, Scott Geisel, Justin Hanson, Maria Hummer, Brenda Layman, Kelsey Lynne, Alice G. Otto, Brad Pauquette, Brooks Rexroat, Lin Rice, Anna Scotti, Heather Sinclair Shaw, S.E. White and Sara Ross Witt.
From contemplative literary fiction to other-worldly science fiction, and everything in between, every reader will find something to love in this phenomenal book. This anthology truly represents the Best of Ohio Short Stories.
‘engaging and well-written short stories with a historical setting that portray actual events or events that could have happened’
Fantasy Book Review, www.fantasybookreview.co.uk
Alt Hist is the leading biannual magazine dedicated to publishing the very best short stories from the historical fiction and alternate history genres.
The third issue of Alt Hist includes two stories about the American Civil War, one about the great Tesla, a tale of post-war revenge set in Dublin, and a compelling story about the early years of the space race.
Full list of stories and authors:
‘A Light in the Darkness’ by Ian Sales
‘Dublin Can Be Heaven’ by Séamus Sweeney
‘Riders on the Storm’ by Arlan Andrews
‘Bummers’ by Matthew Warner
‘To The Stars’ by Brooks Rexroat