At the heart of all of my plays is a love story.
ALL ABOUT LOVE BY JACQUELINE E LAWTON, 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06
"I've written about self-hatred within the Black community (Blood-bound and Tongue-tied), the Lebanese war of 2006, CIA interrogation tactics (The Devil's Sweet Water), the Booth family (Mad Breed), homosexuality and Christianity (A Delicate People).
"Ultimately, I want to tell a story that introduces you to people you may have never met or re-introduces you to an old friend or family member or reflects who you are and what's in your heart."
The unifying theme of all her work, what Lawton's plays are about: love.
She reflects, "At the heart of all of my plays is a love story. For me, love, our ability and capacity to love, is the driving force of life. The story lies in everything that prevents us from loving one another (fear) or leads us to love one another (hope)."
I’M WITH LARRY BY ALEXANDER PROPHET 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06
RECKONING BY TONY PRESS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06
TONY PRESS lives near San Francisco. He has worked as a legal aid attorney in the Salt River and Gila River Indian Reservations, and as a criminal defense attorney and a high school English teacher in California. He has been ordained into the Western Buddhist Order and given the name Acarasiddhi.
His stories and poems have appeared in Words-Myth, Contemporary Verse 2, Lichen, Spitball, Turning Wheel, Temenos: Quality Fiction, MacGuffin, and an anthology The Heart as Origami.
Reckoning has been published in an e-chapbook of 16 poems, thanks to Right Hand Pointing .
was born and raised in Hawai’i and now lives in New York. Jess has a BA in English from the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, and he graduated MFA at the University of San Francisco in 2008. He is looking for a publisher for a novel, Land of Smiles, and he has a collection of slam poetry coming up, Suicide Pact with God. Jess has had short stories published in university-related journals and in the anthology Undrawn Lines published by Monkeypod Ink. His journalism has been published by Pology.com, Honolulu Weekly, and AXS Magazine, and he has performed as a slam poet in Honolulu, San Francisco, Berkeley, Denver, New York, and at the National Poetry Slam in Austin.
studied photography for three years in the early eighties before his interest in lighting took him into magical dark places known as theatres where he spent the next 15 years or so backstage as a lighting designer and stagve manager. In 2001 Al gave up theatre to have more time to be creative and is rediscovering writing poetry and photography.
is a 21-year-old freelance photographer and artist living in Pakistan. She has had two solo exhibitions, one in Kuwait City titled Tears That Stain and another one at the Alliance Francaise d’Islamabad titled Through My Eyes. Her work is also being published in WOOF! Magazine #09.
NATALIE JEANNE CHAMPAGNE
is a British Columbia, Canada, university student who says she has been writing since she realized she could hold a pen. She has written feature articles for various left-wing publications, and interviewing and reviewing bands. “I go for the fner things in life,” she says, “such as walking on the wrong side of the tracks and watching the sunset with eyes half closed. Incidentally, I have never written poetry mentioning bad weather, nor capitalized on the exhausted term, Canadian Eh.”
lives in central Texas with her husband Phil and their three sons. Her favorite short story writers (at this moment) are Andre Dubus II, Flannery O’Connor, and Tillie Olsen with whom she shares an affinity for ironing. Her work has been published in print in Natural Bridge, Steam Ticket, Concho River Review, Thema, and Tapestries, as well as online at Oklahoma Review, Amarillo Bay, Silverthought, Perigee, Flash Me, Every Day Fiction, The Drill Press, and StorySouth.
is working toward a PhD in immunology at Northwestern University. Her serial novella, The Third Component, is to be published on LabLit.com, and her short fiction is to appear in Quarter After Eight. She also writes essays and teaches a seminar in creative nonfiction to first- and second-year medical students at Northwestern.
teaches writing at the University of Oregon, where he received an MFA in Fiction in 2006. From 2002-04 he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, and he is at work on a novel-in-stories concerning that experience. His nonfiction is published by Guernica, The Oxford American, Best of Creative Nonfiction (Norton Anthology, vol. III), Brevity, The Oregonian, The Register-Guard, and The Eugene Weekly, his fiction is published by The Arkansas Review and Thirdreader.
is working to an MFA in Poetry at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Seattle, Washington, and is an associate editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. Her most recent work has been published by Beeswax, Dos Passos Review, Pank, Weave, and Bellingham Review, among others.
has an MFA in Poetry from New York University, and teaches writing at The College of Staten Island. “You can hear an interview with me and some of my poems on Quiddity’s public-radio program.”
is working towards a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Northwestern University. She teaches high school English and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband, son, and a large, unruly dog. “I am new to submitting my work for publication,” she says, “but I won two Hopwood Awards for short fiction at the University of Michigan as an undergrad in the nineties and I gave a fiction reading at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago in March 2007.
JACQUELINE E LAWTON
has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A Michener Fellow. She participated in the Kennedy Center’s Playwrights’ Intensive (2002) and World Interplay (2003). She is the author of Anna K, Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; A Delicate People, The Devil’s Sweet Water; Lions of Industry, Mad Breed (Active Cultures commission) and Mothers of Invention (Discovery Theater commission).
is a biological consultant in California with an MS degree from Humboldt State University. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Flashquake, The Rose & Thorn, Pindeldyboz, In Posse Review, Verbsap, Void Magazine, SFWP, The Flask Review, Foliate Oak, Decomp, Long Story Short, Flash Forward, Six Sentences, Laughter Loaf, and Surfer Magazine. He is looking for a publisher for a couple of novels.
is a high school graduate and above-average guitar player, has published two novels and three collections of poetry, and lives on the coast of Maine.
says his love of writing took hold on him during the second year of an economics and accounting diploma. He began writing on life and current affairs in local newspapers in the country of his birth, Barbados. He spent several years travelling and settled in Germany in 1992. Prophet’s published work includes several short stories in Guidehall Press (Wonderful World of Worders), and music reviews and nightlife diaries in Fresh Guide and Partysan Magazine and web magazines Nacht Agenten and The Joint.
graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006, where she read English as a mature student. "I regularly publish my writing, and I have just completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. This is a course I have aspired to for a long time. Ever since I read about the late Malcolm Bradbury's ambition to find and encourage new writers, I've dreamt of having the chance to go there. Graduates of the year-long programme include Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Tracy Chevalier and Toby Litt. I just hope a little of that magic rubs off on me! I have spent the year at UEA completing a collection of short fiction and I am now working on my first novel.
lives and teaches in Lethbridge, AB. Recent published works include Hot Flashes: Maiduguri Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka (Ekstasis Editions, 2001), Take Me To Your Leader! (YA Verse, Bayeux Arts, 2003), Parrot With Tourette's (Black Moss Press, Palm Poets series, 2004), and Bye Bye Blackbird: An Elegiac Sequence For Miles Davis (Ekstasis Editions, 2007).
lives, works, writes, and plays by the beach in California. She is working for a degree in English. Zeppelin on Melrose is her first published story. She says that nothing is more important to her than her family, friends, writing, and travelling the world, in that order. “Life is unpredictable, and enjoying life is more important than the inexcusable need for money.”