Vol. 2, Issue 22
The counters = balance beam + monkey bars + dance studio. One kid per counter, four counters per kitchen, we stand four feet over the linoleum facing each other and start the countdown. Flinging our hair back for luck, we grip a cupboard handle with each palm and pull.
From Colleen Maynard’s Flash Fiction “Counters”
As a child, I often fled from the prejudice of white classmates and took solace in nature, where I could hold onto the sacred knowledge that beauty existed still in a few untainted corners of the world.
In this riveting debut collection, winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, debut writer Rhonda Browning White offers compelling portraits of Appalachia that extend all the way to Florida and reach back across time eighty or so years. While sometimes there is melodrama, as there is in real life, the stories crackle with authenticity, perceptiveness, intelligence and, occasionally, some welcome wit.
Our reward for finishing chores are in dinged up plastic cases from the library. The movies star talking dogs, rarely dinosaurs. They have funny white lesbians instead of Jim Carey or Eddie Murphy. We’ll watch the other movies at friends’ houses later. Kissing our foreheads, Mom says Use your best judgement. Don’t use knives. Or climb the counters.
The Latest With SFK Press
“Part historical fiction, part thriller, Salvation is a compelling story, beautifully written and cinematic. Many times my heart jumped into my throat as I turned the page and I too, like Caswell’s Willie June, started holding my breath. Avery Caswell should be really proud of her work. It reminded me of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones as it intersects with Julia Phillips’s Disappearing Earth.”
Earlier this year, the Atlanta Writers Club held their three annual no-fee creative writing contests for members of their community–one each in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The New Southern Fugitives has partnered with AWC to publish the winners of each of these three contests in next week’s issue of TNSF.
SFK author Mickey Dubrow of American Judas will be presenting at the AJC Decatur Book Festival alongside novelist Kimberly Belle on Saturday, August 31. Their panel is called “When the Vow Breaks.”
“Swapping Purples for Yellows, the rich and mellifluous debut novel by Matthew Duffus, is more than an academic romp, as it takes on family, gambling, video-gaming, love young and old, and just about everything in between. A terrific read, constantly engaging.”
— Fred Leebron, author of Six Figures