TACOMA BY IAN DENNING 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14
MILK’S ABOUT TO SOUR BY AMY PURCELL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14
I figure if I’m going to be broke, I’m going to be broke in some place I like. So I came to Tacoma.
Henry laughed in appreciation, but Joe’s face was solemn. “I’ve tried hard, I just can’t get away from it. I stepped off the train in Seattle, first thing I see there was a big sign just like that one out there. ‘You’ll like Tacoma.’
“I went up to Bellingham and didn’t get along very well. I saw a sign up there, but I closed my heart to it. ‘You’ll like Tacoma,’ it said. I went to Everett and worked in a real estate office. Every day I looked out my window and saw a sign on the boardwalk telling me I’d like Tacoma.”
“But you lost that job?” Henry asked.
“I lost that job, lived on the street. I did a lot of thinking about what makes one guy rich and another guy poor. I figure if I’m going to be broke, I’m going to be broke in a nice place, some place I like. So I came to Tacoma, and I didn’t make out here, neither. And now I live for just one thing. I’m going to hold on right here. I’ll sleep in the street, I’ll sweep out a saloon, I’ll do anything. I’ve just got to make good right here in order to gratify my one ambition.”
“And what’s that?” Henry said..
says most of her poetry deals with gang violence and the impact it has on someone's life, "which is something that isn't talked about a lot". A version of A Call for Daddy was published in Lampkin's college publication, The Coil, 2009. "I admire the 34thParallel for the stories and poetry because they produce real true emotions that make that special connection between the piece and the reader," Lampkin says. "I love to write poetry that portrays strong emotion. I especially enjoyed Arlene Ang's Time with Frieda in Issue 03. It makes you realize that the little things you don't give much attention to are the things that can have the most meaning to them."
says he is an escaped Briton, escaped to France that is, who runs SpokenWord, the biggest English-speaking open microphone poetry performance in Paris, or even the only one. He is an editor of Strangers in Paris, An Anthology of New Writing Inspired by the City of Light, which is to be published early summer. He is also an editor of the zine Issue.ZERO, available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Barnes was interviewed by Trace Sheridan in 34thParallel Issue 08, titled Hemingway-esque, and we ran his story, Borrowing the House for the Weekend.
directs and teaches at Rosemont College's MFA in Creative Writing Program. He wrote Kat in 34thParallel Issue 05, and Maya's Cure in Issue 07. He is the author of a flash-fiction collection Mad to Live, and has been published in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, and in The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction. He's also the founder of Matter Press, its online magazine The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and the blog FlashFiction.Net. randalldouglasbrown.blogspot.com
is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire, where he is a fiction editor for the online journal Barnstorm. He also holds a Master's from Western Washington University. His fiction has appeared in A Cappella Zoo, The Absent Willow Review, and 5x5. He likes beer, cats, and video games from the '80s. He does not like Tacoma. Reach him at email@example.com.
wrote Tears Before They Fall in 34thParallel Issue 03, Touch the Sky in Issue 04, and Russian Brides in Issue 10. His stories are also published in Emrys Journal, Shalla Magazine, Skive Magazine, Delinquent, Delivered, Mississippi Crow, Bottom of the World, Skyline Review, First Edition, Foliate Oak Review, Oak Bend Review, Open Wide Magazine, The Linnet's Wings, The View From Here, and others.
is a high school English teacher living in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. He has an MA in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary. "As a storyteller," he says, "my interest is in characters on the outside looking in, who would prefer to maintain some semblance of normalcy and simplicity and are often at a loss to cope with the more grotesque or surreal aspects of life. Some of my inspirations include Beckett, Kafka, Camus, and Millhauser."
has a story Prophecy in the Premiere Issue of 34thParallel and Philtre in Issue 13. Janda is spending time in Arizona these days researching information which may help in writing the sequel to his novella American Spirit. His email: AcademyPressCa@yahoo.com
ALANAH L MUIR
is a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho studying English-Creative Writing and Journalism. She says she isn't quite sure yet what she is doing with her life after she graduates. She lives in Rexburg, Idaho, and wishes for a warmer climate. When Muir isn't doing homework she is reading or writing. Never Crossed Your Mind is her first published story.
lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. She says when she is not writing, she is busy making art and earning her keep with a graphic design business. "I've always loved reading and writing. In the last several years, I've become dedicated to a regular writing practice." Her short story A Double Life won Editor's Choice Award in a Gather.com contest, published on Amazon.com and re-issued in Kindle format. Her short story Going Home was published in 5x5 magazine's Fall 2010 issue. "I am hard at work on my first novel, which is nearing completion," she says. firstname.lastname@example.org
has had her short stories published in Third Coast, Storyglossia, Beloit Fiction Journal, Timber Creek Review, and two fiction anthologies produced by the Cincinnati Writers Project. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2003 to support her work on a novel that she is still working on. Amy lives in Kent, Ohio, with her husband and two Australian Shepherds. She is a student in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program and runs marathons when she's not writing.
won 1st Prize for novel in the 2005 Utah Original Writing Competition. Airport Fiction is a chapter from a work in progress titled Postcards from Catalonia. He works in a library to support his writing habit. His goal is to return to Spain with a published book and learn more about the onders of Catalonia.
WILLIAM R STODDART
lives in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, US. His work has been published in Ruminate Magazine, The Adirondack Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, and Insolent Rudder. He also plays the acoustic guitar and writes music for it.