There's a Bear in the House

A black bear from Passages North!

Bear Hug!

Cover artist, Jennifer Burton

Inside the issue - Passages North, Issue 34, Winter 2013 - are discovered madonnas and missing horses, digging girls and dirty girls, abrupt movements, dog stars, burglars, group homes, rumbas, dress codes, drive thrus, and one pink Jesus.  Some of the stories won prizes, thanks to judges like Roxane Gay and Caitlin Horrocks

In Traci Brimhall's Just Desserts Short-Short Fiction Prize story, "After the Flood the Captain of the Hamadryas Discovers a Madonna," there are mangoes, macaws, morphos, and "a godawful abundance of wonder."  Exquisite, powerful, poetic.

I'm quite proud of the Waasmode Prize-winning story, "We Are Here Because of a Horse," and even prouder of the daughter who once took on a yearling and threw inspiration my way.  Three cheers for daughters, horses, judges, and exceptional editors like Tim Johnston, Jennifer A. Howard, and everyone at Passages North!

2011 Reading List – Reverie 2011 – Day 17


Head Off and Split – Nikky Finney

The Chameleon Couch – Yusef Komunyakaa

Here, Bullet & Phantom Noise – Brian Turner

You Know When the Men Are Gone – Siobhan Fallon

Back in the World & The Barracks Thief – Tobias Wolff

The Mrs. Dalloway Reader – Virginia Woolf/Francine Prose

The Half-Known World of Fiction  Robert Boswell

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Going Away Shoes – Jill McCorkle

All the Living – C.E. Morgan

The Vietnam Reader – Stewart O’Nan

The Book of Salt – Monique Truong

Inside Out and Back Again – Thannha Lai

The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka

Long, Last, Happy – Barry Hannah

Blue Nights – Joan Didion

The Empty Family – Colm Tobin

The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson

Dirty One – Michael Graves

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Just Kids – Patti Smith

and more...




On Becoming a Novelist – John Gardner

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf’s

Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich

Dien Cai Dau and Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

Monkeys – Susan Minot

and more...


And hundreds of short stories

 in literary reviews, anthologies, contest queues, writing workshops, and story collections