Happy New Year! We are very proud of the first crop of shorts for 2022. These three stories all introduce forces that devour and the accompanying angst or apathy.
Charlene Pepiot's chilling debut, Boarded Up, offers us a dying town apparently determined to just get it over with.
In Holly Woodward's Eye Tooth, a woman examines the vulnerability of a little girl.
And, The Hole of Beautiful Things, by Tyrel Kessinger, swallows all.
Enjoy these beautiful pieces.
CHARLENE PEPIOT is an undergrad at Ohio University majoring in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in the literary magazines Polaris and Havik as well as the newspaper The Post. She enjoys biking in her nonexistent free time.
HOLLY WOODWORD is an artist and writer whose works have won over a hundred honors. She spent a year as a doctoral fellow at Moscow University; she also studied for two semesters at Saint Petersburg U. She served as writer in residence at Saint Albans, Washington National Cathedral. Holly was a fiction fellow at CUNY's Writers Institute for the last four years.
THE HOLE OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS
Tyrel Kessinger is a stay-at-home dad of two wild animal-like things. His work can be found here and there and most recently in Washington Square Review, Crab Creek Review and Wilderness House. To read all his many non-viral tweets look no further than @KessingerTyrel.