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34TH PARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 03 THE DANGER YOU KNOW GEOFF KIRSCH TEARS BEFORE THEY FALL WILLIAM FALO YAWN HATES ME SE DIAMOND OF QUICKSAND MATS
AND PEACEFUL MEDITATION ASHLEY COWGER ON HOLD IN ZIHUA STEVE HICKS OCCUPATION WINDY LYNN HARRIS THE TEA PARTY MICHAEL ERNEST SWEET CHOP SUEY KATHLEEN J STOWE EXTREME IMAGES MOSTAFA MOFTAH WRITING STARS MICHAEL SWEET TIME WITH FRIEDA ARLENE ANG ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY JASON HUSKEY MYSPACE JESUS SHANA KRAYNAK CAMOUFLAGE SARAH E AZIZI MOVING MATT MULLINS WATERS CP STEWART UNLIKELY SONNET DAVE MORRISON YESTERDAY ASHLIEGH GEHL

Arlene Ang

lives in Spinea, Italy. She is a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. Her chapbook, Secret Love Poems, is available from Rubicon Press.

Mostafa Moftah

is the cover photographer for the third issue of 34thParallel. He was an art director for several advertising agencies in Cairo before taking up photography full-time.

Geoff Kirsch

has an MFA in fiction from New School University. His stories have been published in Northwest Review and Paper Street. He lives in Juneau, Alaska, where he hikes, bikes, cross-country skis, plays sub-par bass in a questionable band, and chops firewood. Lots and lots of firewood.

William Falo

lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. His fiction is published in the Northwoods Journal, 55 words, Zapata, Pens on Fire, Brilliant, Bewildering Stories, Long Story Short, The Greensilk Journal, Yellow Mama, Shalla Magazine, Skive Magazine, ShatterColors Literary Review, Shine, Mississippi Crow, Frame Lines, Sage of Consciousness, eMuse, Delivered, and Conceit Magazine.

Jason Huskey

is a graduate of Longwood University and lives in central Virginia. He has been published in Perigee: Publication for the Arts, Red River Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Word Riot.

SE Diamond

is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She works for the Slamdance Film Festival. She has been published in The Subterranean Quarterly, Defenestration, The Good Apple, and Antithesis Common. Writing goals include pursuing the funny and the sad.

Shana Kraynak

is a Terrible Towel Twirlin’ Yinzer with a passion for rivers, french fries on sandwiches, and tattoo machines. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and is a Masters candidate in the Professional Writing program at USC. She says that while she has grown to love frantic freeway driving in Los Angeles, she misses the Pittsburgh bridges and port authority. Her first book of poems, Shotgun Wedding, will be finished in May. Her previous publications can be found in Book by Authors, Three Rivers Review, and Collision.

Ashley Cowger

is an MFA student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she teaches academic writing and works as a fiction editor for Permafrost, the farthest north literary journal! She lives with her husband who is also a published fiction writer. Her work is being published in Compass Rose and was awarded second place in the Harold McCracken Writing about Alaska Contest.

Sarah E Azizi

lives in New Mexico. She has been published in the Blue Mesa Review, Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Culture Critiques, red., $pread.

Steve Hicks

is an associate professor of English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, living in Bloomsburg, PA, with his wife and two children. He has been published in Sage of Consciousness.

Windy Lynn Harris

is trying to get a regular column in her local newspaper. She has been published in Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine, Cynic Magazine, and Quiet Mountain Essays.

Michael Ernest Sweet

is the founder of Learning for a Cause, a non-profit educational organization which creates, publishes and promotes creative works written by high school students. The underlying objective of the project is to increase student moral and social sensibilities through the act of creative writing. The teaching model is now being used throughout North America and Europe. With publications spanning popular media, fiction, poetry and academic research, Michael Sweet has more than fifty mainstream publications. He lives and teaches in Montreal, Quebec.

Matt Mullins

lives with his wife Megan and infant daughter Nola in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where the storms often roll in from the Big Lake without warning. His writing has been published in Descant, Born Magazine, and The Birmingham Poetry Review, online in Ugly Accent and Umbrella, and soon to be published in Slipstream and Arabesques.

CP Stewart

lives with his family in North Yorkshire. He was a singer/songwriter with the cult band Laughing Gravy and his poetry has been published in England and the US.

Kathleen J Stowe

is an international flight attendant as well as a writer. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband and two cats, Arthur and Guinevere. Her stories have been published in Virginia Adversaria, Mslexia, and FUTURES, including, most recently, Monsieur Lapin in Rosebud, and coming out soon, Selected in Mississippi Crow and Out of the Rain in Compass Rose.

Ashliegh Gehl

born into a family of Ford Motor Company workers, defied the family’s tradition and moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario. From 2002 to 2004 she was Junior News Editor for Lakehead University's student newspaper. She fell in love and stopped writing until January 2007 when she realized that writing was, instead, the love of her life.

It is not only form or style that makes me write, but the discovery process of the inner self.
JOANNA JEANINE SCHMIDT 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 44
My mother and I have this special connection.
MARI CASEY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43
I tried to fix my head, hang out with people, stop writing for a bit.
POLINA SIMAKOVA AKA AGRIPPINA DOMANSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42
I am a writer because writing keeps me sane.
NATASHA NOAH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 41
I write to stay alive, to feel human.
MILENA PETROVIC 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 40
As is frequently the case, I began this story with a vague concept: in this case a story about sex.
LIZ FYNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 39
Thoughts of gender, identity, and expectations. And Adrienne Rich poetry.
REBECCA DIMYAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 38
The poems are about the competition, jealousy, frustration, friendship, loss, and joy that all bands experience.
JOE DE PATTA 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 37
When it all falls away we find ourselves still alive, and so we continue.
JOSHUA DULL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 35
I’m an artist because it allows me to be free.
SHANNON MARIE KELLY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27
Words are the only tools that I even remotely know how to use.
MOURA MCGOVERN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25
Most of my poetry deals with gang violence and the impact it has on someone's life.
KANISHKA LAMPKIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14
I write because I’m good at it. Sure, I dress up good too.
ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30
I want to discover, to explore what I don’t know yet.
TANIA VERHELST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32
When music beat me up and threw me out of the car I began to write.
DAVE MORRISON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 01
I like a poem that blows itself wide open at the end.
SUSAN WHITMORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 31
 THE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE BY MARTIN CHIPPERFIELD 34THPARALLEL@GMAIL.COM