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“Moonflowers” Now Available in Illuminations

If he could plant flowers on the moon for her, he would—lilacs in craters’ shadows, roses in grayscale cracks, and daisies (among her favorites) facing the long, rough edge fading into space, their yellows and oranges spiraling in front of endless black; and if he could spell her name on that same surface, he would and would time the sun’s passing that brightens the petals-as-letters like fiery birds flocking for a moment before scattering again. But he rolls over, sniffles, glances at the plastic and papier mâché spaceships that he built and strung over his bed alongside aluminum foil-ball planets that he painted.

“Moonflowers,” William Auten, Illuminations 35, summer 2020

“Moonflowers” is now available in Illuminations 35, summer 2020.

Thank you to Simon Lewis, staff, and College of Charleston’s Department of English—and thank you for reading.

“Creek on the Right” Now Available at Dead Mule School

All but one of the horses stand in the stable. Shielding the fireplace’s glow, Tom double-checks the window. Often in winter light and in sightlines from the living room to the pasture, the palomino can disappear.

William Auten, “Creek on the Right”

“Creek on the Right” is now available at The Dead Mule School (“No good Southern fiction is complete without a dead mule.”). Thank you to Valerie and the DMS staff—and thanks to you for reading.

T.S. Eliot

When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?

Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”

What will you answer? “We all dwell together

To make money from each other”? or “This is a community”?

T.S. Eliot

“Start of the Season” Now Available in Valparaiso Fiction Review

Something about a tattoo he had and wanted to talk to her about while they stayed on the cape. Not wanting to make a big deal about it, but he wanted her to know. From his youth, he said, smiling when he mentioned this feature, which she had not yet seen, somewhere on his body.

William Auten, “Start of the Season,” Valparaiso Fiction Review, volume 9, issue 2, summer 2020

“Start of the Season” is now available in Valparaiso Fiction Review, volume 9, issue 2, summer 2020

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In Another Sun Praise – Alice Kaltman

Beautifully rendered and mesmerizing, In Another Sun is a book to treasure. This story is a gift of words, strung together like beads on a twisting strand, leading us forward and backwards through Vanessa Ochoa’s life. Her reflective journey is an ode to time and grace, a story of lives intersecting and loves lost, of treasured connections and faith restored.

Alice Kaltman, author of Staggerwing and Wavehouse

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