It’s the same earth

again and again.

THE CULTIVATION OF LOVE BY CURT ERIKSEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 05

You will find

after a while

that you have to work

the same earth

again and again

the same soil

rich or poor

dark or light

it’s the same earth

again and again

that you have to work

to get anything to grow.

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 05

CATFISH BOYS BY JACKIE CORLEY, SAILING BY BY JAMES MEREDITH, PIANO LESSONS BY EBUN A ADEWUMI, MR WILLOW’S DILEMMA BY MICHAEL PECK, KAT BY RANDALL BROWN, ANOTHER GAME BY MEL FAWCETT, THE LIGHTNESS OF FEET BY DIGBY BEAUMONT, THE EASTER VISIT BY MICHAEL BORSHUK, VEINS BY MELODY FELDMAN, LAST STALL ON THE LEFT BY VALERIE Z LEWIS, I’LL CALL YOU MISTER BY SAM PALCKO, KOREANS SHOULD BE GRATEFUL BY KATYA M RENO, IN THE MARKET BY TODD E SAVELLE, VISUAL OBSESSION BY WILLY CONLEY, WILD KIN BY JACKIE CORLEY, INSPIRATION X 2 BY TAMMY HO LAI-MING, RED FEZ BY LEOPOLD MCGINNIS, CULTIVATION OF LOVE BY CURT ERIKSEN, THE TRUCKER BY LUKE BOYD, SIMPLY INCREDIBLE BY JANET THORNING, GOING ABOUT THEIR LIVES BY LEOPOLD MCGINNIS.

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DIGBY BEAUMONT

is a writer living by the seaside, in Brighton on the south coast of England. More of Digby’s recent publications can be found in Clockwise Cat, Laura Hird’s Showcase, Defenestration, Insolent Rudder, Zygote in My Coffee, Pequin and Opium Magazine, as well as in the anthologies Small Voices, Big Confessions, and Late-Night River Lights.

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JACKIE CORLEY

developed Word Riot in March 2002 with the help of Paula Anderson. Word Riot Press, an independent publishing press, evolved out of the magazine in January 2003. Jackie's writing has appeared on-line at MobyLives.com, 3AM Magazine and SerialText and in print in BOOM! For Real (BNS) and Consumed: Women on Excess (So New Media).

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WILLY CONLEY

has been published in American Photographer, the Baltimore Sun newspaper, Industrial Photography, No Walls of Stone—an anthology of literature by deaf and hard-of-hearing writers, Deaf World—a Deaf Studies Reader, Antietam Review, Pictures in the Air—History of the National Theatre of the Deaf, Kaleidoscope, InBetween Magazine, and The Tactile Mind.

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EBUN A ADEWUMI

graduated from Penn State University in Journalism (minoring in English). She has been writing since third grade. “My favorite book will forever be Harriet the Spy because it inspired me to write,” she says. Her writing has been published in Kalliope Literary Magazine (Penn State’s Literary Magazine), the Centre Daily Times, and in several other publications.

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JANET THORNING

has been published in anderbo.com, Slow Trains, 971 Menu, The Frequent and Vigorous Quarterly, The Rambler, and The Fevered Spring Anthology among others. She is working on her first novel. janetthorning@rogers.com

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VALERIE Z LEWIS

is a Writing Professor at SUNY Orange. Her fiction has been published by Fresh Boiled Peanuts, Oysters & Chocolate, Zygote in my Coffee, The Pitkin Review, Torquere Press, SNReview, and Dark Sky Magazine. She lives in New York.

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LUKE BOYD

worked at a sawmill and a trucking company to put himself through college and now he’s a high school teacher in Allentown, Pennsylvania. According to his students Boyd has invented the Internet, the number 7, and sarcasm. Some of his writing has been published in The Misfit Literati, Bewildering Stories, Dark Sky Magazine, and Wanderings.

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MELODY FELDMAN

is a graduate of the University of Washington and an MFA student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her story Pie won the 2008 Fulton Prize for Fiction from the Adirondack Review. She lives in Seattle.

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JESSE KELLMAN

has exhibited his work in his home town San Diego, and Chicago and this summer in Brussels. Jesse says: “I use recycled paints and environmentally-friendly materials. When applicable I employ trash and found-objects to highlight a sense of the human existence. Art is the world around.” He has worked in a tire factory and as a paramedic in New York, captained a professional sport-fishing boat and owned a painting and decorating company.

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LEOPOLD MCGINNIS

is the founding editor of Red Fez. He is the author of three novels (The Red Fez, Game Quest, and Bad Attitude) and also a founding editor of The Guild of Outsider Writers.

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KATYA M RE@NO

is a freelance editor and adjunct professor of English in Austin, Texas. She recently completed her MFA in fiction at Texas State University, San Marcos. This is her first published story.

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MICHAEL BORSHUK

teaches in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. His fiction has been published in Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, and Elysian Fields Quarterly. He writes on jazz regularly for Coda magazine.

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SAM PALCKO

lives in Akron, Ohio, and is a graduate of Ohio University with a BA in History. “My life seems to be taking me nowhere,” Sam says. “I am not saying this to be melodramatic, but merely as an explanation for a lack of further information. This will be my first published piece, and also the first time I have ever submitted any of my work.”

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TODD E SAVELLE

wrote his first novel, a murder mystery typed on both sides of notebook paper, at age 13. A dozen major publishers rejected it. Between the ages of 13 and 18, he wrote seven more novels, all now hidden away. After graduating from George Mason University, Todd spent 18 years as a labor activist, copywriter, marketing slave, and English teacher, before taking up writing full-time. Todd’s first published story, The Minnow Trap, appeared in On The Water magazine. He is currently at work on a novel, Marvel and Twain, as well as a number of short stories.

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CURT ERIKSEN

has been published in Temenos, 42Opus, Alba, The Oklahoma Review, Del Sol Review, and Pindeldyboz. He lives with his family in the Sierra de Gredos, western Spain.

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