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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06 HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE JESS KROLL ZEPPELIN ON MELROSE FRANCISCA STEWART SOME THINGS I KNOW MICHAEL COPPERMAN ANGRY LONER TOM MAHONY I’M WITH LARRY ALEXANDER PROPHET NAPLES FLORIDA ALISON CHRISTY A CYCLIST’S PSALM GAYLA CHANEY HER FLESH AND BLOOD ROSEMARY HARP FIRE & ASHES AL BALMER ALL ABOUT LOVE JACQUELINE E LAWTON LEARNING FROM OTHER WRITERS KELLY SMITH POETIC JUSTICE RICHARD STEVENSON PICTURE PASSION SARAH AHMAD I WANT TO BE CALLED LEW LEW LEWIS DIMMICK RECKONING TONY PRESS ONE IN FOUR OF US IS MARKED KELLY DAVIO QUITTER DAVE MORRISON THE MEDICINE MAN NATALIE JEANNE CHAMPAGNE SHANTZIE’S SHOES, PHONE CALL RICHARD STEVENSON

Jess Kroll

was born and raised in Hawai’i and now lives in New York. Jess has a BA in English from the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, and he graduated MFA at the University of San Francisco in 2008. He is looking for a publisher for a novel, Land of Smiles, and he has a collection of slam poetry coming up, Suicide Pact with God. Jess has had short stories published in university-related journals and in the anthology Undrawn Lines published by Monkeypod Ink. His journalism has been published by Pology.com, Honolulu Weekly, and AXS Magazine, and he has performed as a slam poet in Honolulu, San Francisco, Berkeley, Denver, New York, and at the National Poetry Slam in Austin.

Al Balmer

studied photography for three years in the early eighties before his interest in lighting took him into magical dark places known as theatres where he spent the next 15 years or so backstage as a lighting designer and stagve manager. In 2001 Al gave up theatre to have more time to be creative and is rediscovering writing poetry and photography.

Sarah Ahmad

is a 21-year-old freelance photographer and artist living in Pakistan. She has had two solo exhibitions, one in Kuwait City titled Tears That Stain and another one at the Alliance Francaise d’Islamabad titled Through My Eyes. Her work is also being published in WOOF! Magazine #09.

Natalie Jeanne Champagne

is a British Columbia, Canada, university student who says she has been writing since she realized she could hold a pen. She has written feature articles for various left-wing publications, and interviewing and reviewing bands. “I go for the fner things in life,” she says, “such as walking on the wrong side of the tracks and watching the sunset with eyes half closed. Incidentally, I have never written poetry mentioning bad weather, nor capitalized on the exhausted term, Canadian Eh.”

Gayla Chaney

lives in central Texas with her husband Phil and their three sons. Her favorite short story writers (at this moment) are Andre Dubus II, Flannery O’Connor, and Tillie Olsen with whom she shares an affinity for ironing. Her work has been published in print in Natural Bridge, Steam Ticket, Concho River Review, Thema, and Tapestries, as well as online at Oklahoma Review, Amarillo Bay, Silverthought, Perigee, Flash Me, Every Day Fiction, The Drill Press, and StorySouth.

Alison Christy

 is working toward a PhD in immunology at Northwestern University. Her serial novella, The Third Component, is to be published on LabLit.com, and her short fiction is to appear in Quarter After Eight. She also writes essays and teaches a seminar in creative nonfiction to first- and second-year medical students at Northwestern.

Michael Copperman

teaches writing at the University of Oregon, where he received an MFA in Fiction in 2006. From 2002-04 he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, and he is at work on a novel-in-stories concerning that experience. His nonfiction is published by Guernica, The Oxford American, Best of Creative Nonfiction (Norton Anthology, vol. III), Brevity, The Oregonian, The Register-Guard, and The Eugene Weekly, his fiction is published by The Arkansas Review and Thirdreader.

Kelly Davio

is working to an MFA in Poetry at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Seattle, Washington, and is an associate editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. Her most recent work has been published by Beeswax, Dos Passos Review, Pank, Weave, and Bellingham Review, among others.

Lewis Dimmick

has an MFA in Poetry from New York University, and teaches writing at The College of Staten Island. “You can hear an interview with me and some of my poems on Quiddity’s public-radio program.”

Rosemary Harp

is working towards a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Northwestern University. She teaches high school English and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband, son, and a large, unruly dog. “I am new to submitting my work for publication,” she says, “but I won two Hopwood Awards for short fiction at the University of Michigan as an undergrad in the nineties and I gave a fiction reading at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago in March 2007.

Jacqueline E Lawton

has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A Michener Fellow. She participated in the Kennedy Center’s Playwrights’ Intensive (2002) and World Interplay (2003). She is the author of Anna K, Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; A Delicate People, The Devil’s Sweet Water; Lions of Industry, Mad Breed (Active Cultures commission) and Mothers of Invention (Discovery Theater commission).

Tom Mahony

is a biological consultant in California with an MS degree from Humboldt State University. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Flashquake, The Rose & Thorn, Pindeldyboz, In Posse Review, Verbsap, Void Magazine, SFWP, The Flask Review, Foliate Oak, Decomp, Long Story Short, Flash Forward, Six Sentences, Laughter Loaf, and Surfer Magazine. He is looking for a publisher for a couple of novels.

Dave Morrison

is a high school graduate and above-average guitar player, has published two novels and three collections of poetry, and lives on the coast of Maine.

Tony Press

lives near San Francisco. He has worked as a legal aid attorney in the Salt River and Gila River Indian Reservations, and as a criminal defense attorney and a high school English teacher in California. He has been ordained into the Western Buddhist Order and given the name Acarasiddhi. His stories and poems have appeared in Words-Myth, Contemporary Verse 2, Lichen, Spitball, Turning Wheel, Temenos: Quality Fiction, MacGuffin, and an anthology The Heart as Origami.

Alexander Prophet

says his love of writing took hold on him during the second year of an economics and accounting diploma. He began writing on life and current affairs in local newspapers in the country of his birth, Barbados. He spent several years travelling and settled in Germany in 1992. Prophet’s published work includes several short stories in Guidehall Press (Wonderful World of Worders), and music reviews and nightlife diaries in Fresh Guide and Partysan Magazine and web magazines Nacht Agenten and The Joint.

Kelly Smith

graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006, where she read English as a mature student. "I regularly publish my writing, and I have just completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. This is a course I have aspired to for a long time. Ever since I read about the late Malcolm Bradbury's ambition to find and encourage new writers, I've dreamt of having the chance to go there. Graduates of the year-long programme include Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Tracy Chevalier and Toby Litt. I just hope a little of that magic rubs off on me! I have spent the year at UEA completing a collection of short fiction and I am now working on my first novel.

Richard Stevenson

lives and teaches in Lethbridge, AB. Recent published works include Hot Flashes: Maiduguri Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka (Ekstasis Editions, 2001), Take Me To Your Leader! (YA Verse, Bayeux Arts, 2003), Parrot With Tourette's (Black Moss Press, Palm Poets series, 2004), and Bye Bye Blackbird: An Elegiac Sequence For Miles Davis (Ekstasis Editions, 2007).

Francisca Stewart

lives, works, writes, and plays by the beach in California. She is working for a degree in English. Zeppelin on Melrose is her first published story. She says that nothing is more important to her than her family, friends, writing, and travelling the world, in that order. “Life is unpredictable, and enjoying life is more important than the inexcusable need for money.”

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