Volume 3, Issue 1
“Everything’s bigger in Texas.
Hairstyles. Speed limits. Greenhouse gases.
And this cutting board – a recent gift purchased there by my daughter, a born-and-bred Georgia girl with indigo eyes and a penchant for digging up rocks in strange places. A coffee cup bearing the legend Houston accompanies the wooden chopping block, carved to resemble the Great State of Texas and adorned with a rawhide hanger for display.”
-Cindy Sams, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”
there’s a man outside, praying/ I think, he’s not from here, he’s not from/ here—branched streets of three-story houses and flat/ screen TVs, asbestos walls beyond, mildew in doorframes, three/ shotgun blasts. the suspect was addicted to meth. his child/ was matthew, mark, isaac, abe.
Melanie Martinez is a BFA student at Texas State University in San Marcos but she lives in Austin, and grew up in the Army town of Killeen. Her early life led her through many worlds from journalism to horticulture, then music and historic preservation and now interior design and painting. Combined with an interest in society and American Studies leads her to examine the ways we live in the world today. Her style evokes the attractive illustrative-yet-disturbing style of Rene Magritte but the subject matter places her in the world of contemporary social realist painters.
Different trip filled with excitement and anticipation. Before the fighting and her rampant manipulation. Before her multiple affairs. Before Mama left Dale for a ballet teacher with a Fosse complex who moved us to Kingsport, TN.
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As we rollover next week to Volume 3 of the New Southern Fugitives, I would like to express gratitude for all that has come before—for the stories that have uplifted us and reminded us that we are not alone in our experiences. And I would like to express gratitude for the stories to come. Regardless of how divided our world may feel, I am convinced that we will always find connections to one another in the stories we tell.
What happens when a Texan Grandmother finds herself in the middle of an apocalyptic nightmare with four grandchildren? From author Brenda Marie Smith comes a riveting fantasy that hits closer to home than many sci-fi novels.
The TNSF Web Residency is a year-long virtual writer-in-residence position for one fiction writer. During the residency, the writer will work with TNSF’s editor to publish four original pieces of fiction and will be guest-editor for two issues of TNSF.
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