Michael Moreci is a born and raised South Side Chicagoan. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Stop Smiling, Kiss Machine, After Hours, New City, Identity Theory, and Other Voices. He is currently at work on a novel.
Denise Pace is a hairless monkey frequently and infuriatingly thwarted by everyday things, like ottomans and gravity. She communicates largely by cussing and quoting The Simpsons. Yet, possessing a high level of derring-do, she perseveres. More by Denise Pace
Born amongst the corn cousins, Elmers, and strip-mall barons of Indiana, Patrick learned early on in life that something was rotten in Denmark. After mailing many, many postcards to various addresses in the greater Copenhagen area asking after the source of the stench, and after receiving no replies to his repeated queries, he became convinced that it must be the mayonnaise. More by Patrick Russell
Sandra Simonds is a PhD student in English at Florida State University. Her poems have been published in Pool, Barrow Street, Fence, the Tiny and others. She is the author of four chapbooks and the editor of Wildlife, a journal of experimental poetry. She lives in Tallahassee with the poet Craig Freeman and a terrier named Milton. Lately she has been training for her first marathon. Her interests include swimming, biking, running, and hiking.
Steve Spaulding believes he will have another pull on the whisky bottle, thank you very much — and would there be a spare beer in the fridge? ‘Cause that would be great. He is also a bit deaf in one ear so would you mind speaking up? And don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t remember you; while he can remember obscure characters in movies and comic books on only a single exposure, real people are like the flitting shadows of a strobe-lit room to him. Steve considers it a downright miracle he has lasted as long as he has in such a cruel and unforgiving world and thanks his lucky stars for every breath he draws, and for all the good friends he’s made. Steve wonders what God was thinking, where the surplus went, whether there’s a spare beer in the fridge, and did he already ask that? Because his short-term memory is sort of on the fritz these days. More by Steve Spaulding
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