“Glass,” A Short Story from Gale Massey’s “Rising and Other Stories”

Dad was a thin man with a high forehead and a bent nose. He wore a black patch over his left eye and worked as a carpenter at a shop across the railroad tracks. Mama took me there a few times when Dad had forgotten to take his lunch box. The place smelled sweet and […]

Becca Spence Dobias

Becca Spence Dobias lives in Southern California where she writes frantically as her children sleep. Her short stories have been published in two Writing Bloc anthologies, Inlandia: A Literary Journey and A Short Guide to Finding Your First Home in the United States. Her first novel, On Home, is in production with Inkshares, and she […]

Janet McCann

Janet McCann taught creative writing at Texas A&M from 1969 until 2015, is now Professor Emerita there.  Journals publishing her work include Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou’wester, Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, etc. Her most recent book-length poetry collection: The Crone at the Casino, Lamar Univ. Press, 2015.

Crook’s Corner Book Prize

The $5000 Crook’s Corner Book Prize is awarded annually for best debut novel set in the American South (author may live anywhere). Books published between January 1, 2020 and May 15, 2021 may be submitted by authors or publishers. Self-published books are eligible, but e-books are not. Young adult books are not eligible. $35 entry […]

Virginia Pye Interviews Jon Sealy, Author of “The Merciful”

I got to know Jon Sealy around the time his debut novel, The Whiskey Baron, came out in 2014. I was living in Richmond then, where Jon still lives, and we gravitated to one another as fellow literary writers. I interviewed him for my blog and noted how serious he was about books and writing. […]

Virginia Pye

Virginia Pye’s collection, Shelf Life of Happiness, won the 2019 IPPY Gold Medal award for Short Fiction, and one of the stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of two award-winning novels, River of Dust and Dreams of the Red Phoenix. She has taught writing at New York University and the […]

Lenore H. Gay

Lenore H. Gay is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor. She ran a private counseling practice for ten years and later served as the Coordinator of the Internship Program at the Rehabilitation Counseling Department, Virginia Commonwealth University. The Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) has awarded her two writing fellowships. Her short story “The Hobo” won […]

Cheryl Pallant

Cheryl Pallant is the author of several books, most recently a nonfiction book, Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice, on somatic writing, and Ginseng Tango, her memoir about living in South Korea. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous print and online magazines such as Parhelion, Fence Magazine, and Cafe Irreal, and in several anthologies. […]