NOT HARD BY KIRSTEN JONES NEFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 08
It is not hard to be happy
Force your face into a smile
and eat two pounds of wild fish a week
Simplify, and don't consume wheat
or corn products
In the winter, 2500 lux of light
and, mostly, don't worry
Remember that life is funny
It is also a gift.
Life is a funny gift
Do not internalize headlines
or dwell on bad news
or expect too much of yourself
But be sure to take action
to serve others
and leave the world a better place
You'll feel good
(idleness creates a dull mind)
and find plenty of time for yourself
Nurture social connections
Get a pet
A goldfish is better than nothing
Don't stretch yourself too thin
Peanut butter is toxic
Go with the flow
and take charge of your life
Make a budget.
Happiness is for you
It is your birthright
JE SUIS UN ARTISTE BY KYLE MANGAN ISSUE 08
lives near Chicago, and he says he probably will for a while longer. “I am applying to graduate school after a mostly uneventful (and hopefully as such humbling) year and a half of accomplishing less than I’d expected. I intend to continue writing and would like to continue being published.”
says she uses 34thParallel to turn her students on to new exciting voices in poetry. “By the time they get to me, they are so sick of anthologies. 34thParallel gets them excited about writing again.” Heather has published two books of poems, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005) and The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008). Her poems have been published in Fence, Crazyhorse, Pleiades, and Brink. She is the Visiting Poet at Iowa State University, and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
was born in Cholsey, a small village in the county of Oxfordshire, England. “I got a degree in American Studies from Manchester University with the idea of becoming a freelance journalist. I studied journalism at the Journalism School in Colombia, Missouri.” From Missouri he returned to Europe and in true Hemingway-esque-style traveled around Spain. After Spain, Barnes lived in the Balkans before putting down roots in Paris and Shakespeare and Company.
calls herself a “self-professed geek” whose favorite things are “God, her family and friends, and cupcakes, in that order.” But more than this she is the fiction editor of a brand spankin’ new literary magazine, Litterbox. No, it’s not a literary magazine about cats! Instead, Litterbox is unique hybridized zine, featuring a quirky combination of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, and recipes. Yes, recipes! Ritto is working on her creative thesis (a collection of short stories) for her MFA.
recently relocated from San Francisco to Cambridge, MA. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a BA in English from Vassar College. Her fiction has been published in Word Riot, 3711 Atlantic, and Blueprint Review, among other journals. She blogs for Fringe Magazine and runs her own blog Adventures in Dessert.
studied writing at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and film, animation, and screenwriting at The School of Visual Arts in New York. He has worked in film and television, independently and at HBO Films, principally as an executive or producer on such projects as Angels in America, Closer, and The Merchant of Venice.
lives in Wooster, Ohio, with her husband Kyle and their two children. She is a writing instructor and a bag-maker (you can see the bags at seatofmypants). She has an MFA in creative writing from Ashland University. She tells us she loves pierogis, spring, bowling shoes, and old stuff. She could do without mushrooms.
is a novelist and translator. Her novels Jackpot (2004) and Retelling (2006) have been published by Spuyten Duyvil. Her short fiction has been published in Zeek Magazine, StorySouth, Quick Fiction, Elimae, Salt River Review, UnlikelyStories, Big Bridge, and in the anthology, Wreckage of Reason: Contemporary Prose by Women Writers. Her translations include Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry, SUNY Press, and The Hymns of Job & Other Poems, a collection of translated poems by the Israeli poet Maya Bejerano, Lannan Translation Selection, BOA Editions.
DAVID W LANDRUM
teaches English at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. His fiction has been published in The Cynic OnLine, Riverwalk, and In Posse Review. He edits an online poetry journal, Lucid Rhythms. email@example.com
KIRSTEN JONES NEFF
says: "I live, write, make documentary films and teach gardening in Novato, California. I write a blog on Englishcafe.com that began with a two-month journey to Chennai, India, and has moved on to all kinds of subjects. I am a founder of Poetry Farm, a monthly reading series, and an editor of the Poetry Farmer’s Almanac. My work has been published in Believer Magazine, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, writeradvice.com.
is a 21-year-old junior at The College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota majoring in English. She likes being outside (hiking, backpacking, canoeing), cooking, and, of course, reading and writing. firstname.lastname@example.org
is a graduate of Chapman University with a Masters of Arts: English. He started out in the construction business driving big bulldozers. Phil says his interest in writing centers on the human experience—good or bad. He considers himself a success based on one simple accomplishment: his wife of 24 years is still in love with him. His motto in life: “Money and success are meaningless without love.” He recently finished writing a novel, Three Hundred and Sixty-Three Days of Hell.
writes prose and poetry, likes coffee (black/strong), and practices martial arts. Her work has been published in the Bottom Of The World magazine, Zygote In My Coffee, Nights And Weekends, and Word Riot. email@example.com
uses her experience as a therapist working with very low-income families in Alabama to write stories that take a look at family relationships and societal hardships. Helen has a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in African-American Studies and Religion and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is a student at the Stonecoast MFA creative writing program at the University of Southern Maine. Silverstein lives with her husband and two children at Auburn, Alabama. helensilverstein.net
was born in Gravesend, England. He grew up in Canterbury, Kent, where he studied Literature at UKC. After a spell studying the drinking habits of Americans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he returned to finish his studies in the UK. He emigrated to Gibraltar the following year where he wrote for expatriate magazines and made money as an advertising assistant. He met his girlfriend in Gibraltar and their son was born in 2008. He now lives with his family on the island of Malta, an “idyllic and derelict” place as he describes it, where it can also get pretty hot. Vaughan has published fiction in The Short Story Library and The Drill Press.
writes and teaches in Boston. One of her stories, Salamander, is published in a Milkweed anthology, Stories From Where We Live: Great North American Prairie. Donley also writes plays: It’s Just the Wind was produced at the Boston Theatre Marathon and Give the Dog a Bone was produced y the Indianapolis Beckmann Theatre Co.
was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from Biola university with a BA in Film studies. He is enrolled in an MFA program at Chapman University and lives at Long Beach, California, with his wife, Lisa.
is working on an MFA at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is writing a thesis of poems titled Sewing The Mouth of the River. Some of her poems have been published in The Honey Land Review. Bales is a New Yorker with a BA from the Gallatin School of New York University.