Twp pieces by Tyrean Martinson
Glittering bright, she floated into awards. Hard as nails, she smiled at critics and laughed until she reached the safety of home.
Red Carpet, Take 2
“Mommy look! Come see what I made you!”
“For me?” she asked, following the red glitter trail to sticky heart hugs.
Tyrean Martinson hasn’t worn nail polish in years, but she loves finding the right shade for a tint of hint fiction. You can find her online at Tyrean’s Writing Spot.
Barbados Blue by Kymberli Roberson
The spell was blue. Blue like the sky when they met. Like the web cast over him. Blue like his lips when she kissed him.
Kymberli Roberson lives in Illinois where she is currently hunting down the goblins of writer’s block.
Shanghai Shimmer by Krystyna Fedosejevs
Shanghai nightclub. Men pay to watch her twirl in silky undergarments, skin shimmering with pearly sweat. Tomorrow, her teenaged sister’s toddler will be given dinner.
Krystyna Fedosejevs writes poetry, flash fiction and creative nonfiction. Publishes online and in print. Other places where she is published include: http://fiftywordstories.com/
She is based in Alberta, Canada.
Teal the Cows Come Home by Brigitte Winter
Yeah, we’re disappointed.
Thirty-year journey to the colony. Three years of bioengineering.
We wait thirty-three years to see cows again.
And they come out blue?
Brigitte Winter is a collector and teller of stories, a theatrical director, a cookie baker, a wannabe world traveler, and the Executive Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, a Washington, DC nonprofit that inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices through creative writing (www.yptdc.org). She has a passion for boundary-busting speculative fiction, and her current novel-in-progress is a pre-apocalyptic coming of age adventure. All of her celebrity crushes are on authors. You can follow her on tumblr @thebrigittewinter for anonymous magnetic poetry, errant street signs, and other word wonders.
Cocktails & Coconuts by Jonathan Hawk
I ogled Lillian’s breathtaking bikini. Icy rum runners in our hands. Warm sand swathed our feet. The tree above concussed me with a dropped drupe.
Jonathan Hawk is a sesquipedalian and “ugly bag of mostly water” from the Baltimore, Maryland area. He’s an avid free culture enthusiast and Creative Commoner. His stream of consciousness haunts Twitter as @doublecompile.
Pretty Positive by Nancy Smiler Levinson
The surgeon, still wearing his scrubs,
told her he was certain they got it all, until six months
later she found out that they didn’t.
Nancy Smiler Levinson is author of numerous books for young readers.
Recent prose poems have appeared in Poetica; Touch: The Journal of Healing; Vine Leaves: Literary Journal, and The Barefoot Review. Her book (for adults,) MOMENTS OF DAWN: A Poetic Memoir of Love & Family; Affliction & Affirmation, is available via Amazon for Kindle, iPad, or computer. She underwent breast cancer surgery twice while she was caregiver for her husband who suffered Alzheimer’s disease.
Two pieces by Madeline Mora-Summonte
Fierce, No Fear
The biopsy needle slurps fluid, tastes tissue. Across her breast, bruises bloom like predatory flowers.
She waits. Considers options. Weeps. Regrets. Prays.
The phone rings.
Strut Your Stuff
Parents point, annoyed.
Girls wearing pink tutus snicker.
Millie, stuffed into an old leotard she festooned with Christmas bows and Halloween fairy wings, twirls, jubilant.
Madeline Mora-Summonte reads, writes and breathes fiction in all its forms. She is the author of The People We Used to Be: A Flash Fiction Collection.