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There’s just something about getting lost in a writing world that I create.
DEJA-N WILLIAMS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 34

DEJA-N WILLIAMS

Let my mother tell it, I’ve been writing since I was a kindergartener. I would write on everything from napkins, to cereal boxes, to letters given to her by my great grandmother. There’s just something about getting lost in a writing world that I create. Wherever that world takes me there’s no stress, no recollection of time, just a pen, a blank sheet of paper, and my thoughts.

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 34 MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH 
THE ART OF MARITA DINGUS STACY LAWSON MAGNOLIA JIMMY PRENATT BONE CLAUDIA NOGUEIRA UNIDENTIFIED BRIGHT OBJECT JOHN MARTIN THE ABSENCE OF LIQUOR DEJA-N WILLIAMS NOGALES, MI HENK HOPMAN

CLAUDIA NOGUEIRA

I was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1972. As a child during summer vacations on my paternal grandfather’s farm, I would play with the workers’ children and was fascinated by the stories they told. Bone is set in a fictionalized version of the farm, where the gulf between the workers’ lives and that of the owners was wide and sometimes insurmountable.

I have a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley (1994), an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University (1998), and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park (2006). My writing has been published in two anthologies, Luso-American Literature: An Anthology of Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Peoples in North America, edited by Robert Moser and Luciano Tosta (Rutgers UP, 2011), and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (St. Martin’s Press, 2001). I have had stories published in such journals as Nimrod, Colorado Review, and the Berkeley Fiction Review, and have had poems published in 1 Over the 8 and the Berkeley Poetry Review. I have also had a couple of scholarly articles published in symploke and The Southern Quarterly.

JOHN MARTIN

The fact that I’ve led a parallel existence as a writer in high tech, writing dry documents for technicians and bureaucrats, may be in part responsible for my skepticism around the creative process. As a writer in business there is almost always an outline to follow, and the content to be communicated, the ideas to be conveyed, are always known in advance of the act of writing them down. When compared to this sort of writing the act of creation can seem almost profane.

My work has been published in Per Contra, Bias Onus Quarterly, Black Lantern Publishing, The Externalist, Curbside Splendor, Work Literary Magazine, and The Common. wordofmouthco@aol.com

Stacy Lawson

I am irreverent–yet a good woman, wife, mother, daughter, citizen, teacher. And, I can be awful too. Let’s not count the ways. Leave it that I frustrate easily, have no mechanical aptitude, and I have a mild case of oppositional defiance disorder. I will not stop arguing if I believe that I am right.

My written work has been published in Under the Sun, Drash Northwest Mosaic, r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal, Raven Chronicles, and Sunday Ink: Works by the Uptown Writers.

Henk Hopman

 Writing forces me to look closer, to look again. Writing reminds me of the fact that people can be cruel or humane when the situation calls for it, and are capable of performing both horrifying and beautiful feats when inspired.

I have published a collection of short stories and two novels in Dutch. My story Early Bird is published in 34thParallel Magazine Issue 25. twice411@gmail.com

JAMES PRENATT

I’m Jimmy. James Prenatt sounds more writerly. If you know what it’s like to be in that white room, I’m here to talk. A few adjectives, or whatever: sadomasochist, sometimes model, frequent people watcher, student loan in-debter, mover of people’s useless stuff.

Twitter @jrprenatt
Facebook: Jimmy Prenatt
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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
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