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Joshua Stanton

     I didn't leave her after the accident. Despite her condition, we still do things. I take her to the local cinema, or push her around the parks. She loved the parks. I can't take her out for meals anymore. People wouldn't understand. They wouldn't understand our love is beyond death.

Josh Stanton, 19, is a second year student studying creative writing at Bath Spa in the UK. Falling in love with a module about short short stories, he was delighted he had somewhere to place his work. This is his first submission to Boston Literary Magazine, but not his last.

Kevin Bishop

His shoulder ached from throwing the baseball with his eager son well past the time he might have said: it's getting dark, son, let's call it a night. But the summer sky at dusk was pink, then purple, and they kept throwing until the ball was almost impossible to see.

Kevin Bishop

     He's propped up, electrodes decorating his chest. She's on her phone, conveying their regrets at missing Christmas dinner. The ER is not busy; their curtained-off space is quiet. She closes her phone.
     "They say they love you," she says.
     He nods, his lip bending. The EKG speaks for him.

Kevin Bishop lives near Seattle, WA. His work has or will appear in Thaumatrope, Boston Literary Magazine, Brain Harvest, Sonar4 and Static Movement. He has authored two novels, Ask The Sky and Annapurna Sanctuary, both of which are searching for good homes.

Gavin McCall

     My grandma once told me to never get old. My grandpa, watching basketball in his underwear, called out, "beats the alternative!" They argued about everything, but in their house was more wisdom than I ever had the chance to soak up. Now I must be satisfied with the leftovers.

Gavin McCall was born on a farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, but has spent the majority of his writing career in Honolulu, where he just received his Master's Degree in creative writing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He won the 2008 Sudden Fiction Award, which included publication in the most recent issue of Hawaii Review, and his work will be featured in upcoming issues of Nimble and Lesser Flamingo. Gavin is currently working just enough to pay for rent and spends most of his free time writing.

Barry Basden

      He rarely goes anywhere, content among books, music. But periodically she abandons small-town Texas, flying home to California.
      He worries all the way to the airport. Driving back, delayed by an accident, he misses her goodbye call.
      "I love you," says the machine.
      He will save it until she returns.

Barry Basden lives in the Texas hill country with his wife and two dogs. He writes mostly short pieces these days and his work has appeared in Pen Pricks, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), 6S, and 50 to 1, among others.

Susan de Sola

     It was the strangest thing, Mrs.. Wink thought, but somehow the way back home seemed far shorter than the way there. Always, after a visit to mother. She couldn't wait to leave. At home, her daughter checked her watch, "only ten minutes to get out of here before Mom's home."

Susan de Sola has published essays in Modern Language Quarterly, Beyond Pug's Tour, Joyce: Feminism/Post/Colonialism, Beauty and the Beast, and A Collideorscope of Joyce. She has poetry forthcoming in The Hopkins Review and is working on a collection of poetry.

Ramsey Mark Elias

     Tonight I danced with the nicest man. Such gentle eyes. I was wearing my favorite white sequin outfit. But he kept talking about his fiancÚ. She sounds like a sweet girl. He was so shy his friends had to drag him over. Then they stood there waving twenties and shouting.

Ramsey Mark Elias currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he received both his Bachelors and his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University. He has also lived and worked in Baltimore, MD and Dublin, Ireland. He is currently working on his first novel and enjoying the weather of the eastern states with his two German Shepherds. His fiction and letters have appeared in Adbusters, Word Catalyst Magazine, and Gloom Cupboard.

Iris Macor

     The landlady slipped off her bathrobe in the midmorning sun. Her shoulders decadently broad, the weight of many children hung from her breasts. She had dirt under her toenails, primroses blossomed at her feet. There were two things she knew well, nature's glory, and the day the rent was due.

Iris Macor lives in North Carolina where she mucks stalls by day and studies Shakespeare by night. She does neither well. Her work has been featured in or is forthcoming from All Things Girl, Yellow Mama, and Grey Sparrow Press.

Katie Ziolkowski

     Sally woke up realizing that her bedroom was on the arm of a monster. So much for the universe theory, she thought, looking down to see the belly of the beast covered in forest and what she supposed used to be Norway. He scratched his ear and she fell off.

Katie Ziolkowski strives to extract the abstract in daily life and believes that the best stories are the ones that could never happen in this reality. Her work has been seen in New City Chicago and Dark Sky Magazine. She is currently enrolled as a fiction writing student at Columbia College in Chicago.

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