Detention Hearing by Toni Lorien

In the Matter of . . . Behind his raised bench, the black-robed judge sits tall. Attorneys and parents wait in their seats. The little girl rocks in her chair, clutches her doll. Her face still black and blue from … Continue reading

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The Fiction and Humor Process of Margaux Dunbar Hession by M. Talley

I met Margaux Hession at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference during the summer of 2007 in her previous identity as Margaret Dunbar. I got to know her better in a writers group that formed that fall. Margaux’s writing has always … Continue reading

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Maryanne Knight’s Future Visions and Worldbuilding by M. Talley

I met Maryanne Knight four or five years ago at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and was immediately impressed by the science fiction novel chapters she read in Matt Pallamary’s workshop. Her writing is dense and intelligent. I did worldbuilding … Continue reading

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All For Love

“Dance with me,” she said, looking down at him. Carl pocketed his iPhone and rose from his lonely seat on the couch. He wondered if she’d seen him watching her among the other dancers, dipping and spinning like a manic … Continue reading

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