THE CULTIVATION OF LOVE BY CURT ERIKSEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 05
You will find
after a while
that you have to work
the same earth
again and again
the same soil
rich or poor
dark or light
it’s the same earth
again and again
that you have to work
to get anything to grow.
is a writer living by the seaside, in Brighton on the south coast of England. More of Digby’s recent publications can be found in Clockwise Cat, Laura Hird’s Showcase, Defenestration, Insolent Rudder, Zygote in My Coffee, Pequin and Opium Magazine, as well as in the anthologies Small Voices, Big Confessions, and Late-Night River Lights.
developed Word Riot in March 2002 with the help of Paula Anderson. Word Riot Press, an independent publishing press, evolved out of the magazine in January 2003. Jackie's writing has appeared on-line at MobyLives.com, 3AM Magazine and SerialText and in print in BOOM! For Real (BNS) and Consumed: Women on Excess (So New Media).
has been published in American Photographer, the Baltimore Sun newspaper, Industrial Photography, No Walls of Stone—an anthology of literature by deaf and hard-of-hearing writers, Deaf World—a Deaf Studies Reader, Antietam Review, Pictures in the Air—History of the National Theatre of the Deaf, Kaleidoscope, InBetween Magazine, and The Tactile Mind.
EBUN A ADEWUMI
graduated from Penn State University in Journalism (minoring in English). She has been writing since third grade. “My favorite book will forever be Harriet the Spy because it inspired me to write,” she says. Her writing has been published in Kalliope Literary Magazine (Penn State’s Literary Magazine), the Centre Daily Times, and in several other publications.
has been published in anderbo.com, Slow Trains, 971 Menu, The Frequent and Vigorous Quarterly, The Rambler, and The Fevered Spring Anthology among others. She is working on her first novel. firstname.lastname@example.org
VALERIE Z LEWIS
is a Writing Professor at SUNY Orange. Her fiction has been published by Fresh Boiled Peanuts, Oysters & Chocolate, Zygote in my Coffee, The Pitkin Review, Torquere Press, SNReview, and Dark Sky Magazine. She lives in New York.
worked at a sawmill and a trucking company to put himself through college and now he’s a high school teacher in Allentown, Pennsylvania. According to his students Boyd has invented the Internet, the number 7, and sarcasm. Some of his writing has been published in The Misfit Literati, Bewildering Stories, Dark Sky Magazine, and Wanderings.
is a graduate of the University of Washington and an MFA student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her story Pie won the 2008 Fulton Prize for Fiction from the Adirondack Review. She lives in Seattle.
has exhibited his work in his home town San Diego, and Chicago and this summer in Brussels. Jesse says: “I use recycled paints and environmentally-friendly materials. When applicable I employ trash and found-objects to highlight a sense of the human existence. Art is the world around.” He has worked in a tire factory and as a paramedic in New York, captained a professional sport-fishing boat and owned a painting and decorating company.
is the founding editor of Red Fez. He is the author of three novels (The Red Fez, Game Quest, and Bad Attitude) and also a founding editor of The Guild of Outsider Writers.
KATYA M RE@NO
is a freelance editor and adjunct professor of English in Austin, Texas. She recently completed her MFA in fiction at Texas State University, San Marcos. This is her first published story.
teaches in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. His fiction has been published in Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, and Elysian Fields Quarterly. He writes on jazz regularly for Coda magazine.
lives in Akron, Ohio, and is a graduate of Ohio University with a BA in History. “My life seems to be taking me nowhere,” Sam says. “I am not saying this to be melodramatic, but merely as an explanation for a lack of further information. This will be my first published piece, and also the first time I have ever submitted any of my work.”
TODD E SAVELLE
wrote his first novel, a murder mystery typed on both sides of notebook paper, at age 13. A dozen major publishers rejected it. Between the ages of 13 and 18, he wrote seven more novels, all now hidden away. After graduating from George Mason University, Todd spent 18 years as a labor activist, copywriter, marketing slave, and English teacher, before taking up writing full-time. Todd’s first published story, The Minnow Trap, appeared in On The Water magazine. He is currently at work on a novel, Marvel and Twain, as well as a number of short stories.
has been published in Temenos, 42Opus, Alba, The Oklahoma Review, Del Sol Review, and Pindeldyboz. He lives with his family in the Sierra de Gredos, western Spain.