FOR THE GUY DRESSED LIKE FIDEL CASTRO BY MELANIE BROWNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 11
If I wasn’t married
I would take you
to a hotel
and order us both
a plate of
get you drunk
to find out if you wear
your little green hat
when you go
to bed with women
much taller than yourself
It would be the time
to relieve yourself
of any burdens
you carry around,
to tell me that
you’re boycotting McDonald’s,
own is in
a green backpack
The sun would be rising
warmer in the sky
I would barely have time
to get you back to
to catch the next flight
moved to Manhattan to be an actor, and joined the Actors Studio, one of his dreams. His first big break came in Stephen King’s Creepshow 2, playing the lead in The Raft story. He was the unfaithful boyfriend of Julia Roberts in Dying Young, the antagonistic detective opposite Keanu Reaves in Point Break, a killer in The Last Best Sunday, and an angry husband who ends up being a nice guy in Love Finds A Home. Away from the entertainment business, Daniel dances the tango. He boxes and was trained by the legendary trainer Freddie Roach. In New York, he played in the West 4th Street Summer Pro Basketball League and was offered a try-out to play pro ball overseas. He lives now in Los Angeles. danielbeer.net
wishes he shared his birthday with folks more exciting than Donald Trump. Two-time Best of The Net Anthology nominee, Vishwanathan has work published in more than 70 literary journals, including elimae, The Potomac, DecomP, Toasted Cheese, Drunken Boat, and LITnIMAGE.
grew up in southeast London. She taught kids in inner city schools, specializing in English as an additional language. She moved to New York in 2006. The move inspired her to write. She thinks living abroad magnifies every memory, sense, and experience. Two of her short stories won a competition to feature in an anthology called The Cloud, produced by The Next Big Writer, an online website where she workshops her writing with emerging and seasoned writers, and editors. She also takes occasional classes at the Unterberg Poetry Center in Manhattan. Other than writing, she enjoys spending time with her two children and exploring America.
quit the steel business for an MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia College in Chicago. Before that he published a novel, The Five Man War, with Playboy Press. He has three grown daughters and now he and his wife are empty nesters in a Chicago suburb. He says he is amassing a collection of rejections from editors and agents.
was raised in India and lives in Kolkata. She has published short stories and poems in The Times of India and Fashion and Beyond. trishabhattacharya.wordpress.com
has published a poetry chapbook, Heaven is a Giant Pawn Shop (Erbacce Press), and her poetry and fiction has been published in Word Riot, Unlikely 2.0, Pulp Metal Magazine, Admit 2, Bartleby Snopes, UpTheStaircase, and Ink,Sweat, and Tears. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children.
has published three novels, one in English, A Girl Like Che Guevara (Soho Press 2004), and two in Spanish, Posesas de la Habana (Haunted Ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), and Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006) which was runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain. Her collection of short stories, Por culpa de Candela, was published by Floricanto Press in 2008. Her short novel, El difunto Fidel (The Late Fidel) won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009 and is to be published this year. Dovalpage’s articles, reviews, and short stories have appeared in Rosebud, Latino Today, Afro-Hispanic Review, Baquiana, La Peregrina, Letras Femeninas, El Nuevo Herald, and other publications. She has a PhD in Latin American literature and teaches Spanish, English, and creative writing. She was born in Cuba and now lives in Taos, New Mexico. dovalpage.com
is a Northern Californian lawyer and writer. He grew up in Sacramento, graduated from Dartmouth College and Stanford Law School, and practices law in the Silicon Valley. His short stories have been published in Emprise Review and Bartleby Snopes. He and his wife, Roslyn, have two sons, Jason and Justin, who are public schoolteachers.
majors in English and Anthropology at the University of South Dakota. He has produced a CD of spoken-word poetry, Microwave Souls, for the Vermillion Literary Project and has been an assistant editor of VLP Magazine and an assistant prose editor of the South Dakota Review. His fiction has appeared in Bust Down the Doors and Eat All the Chickens and VLP Magazine.
has worked for major ad agencies as a writer and creative director, “So you might say I’ve been writing fiction all my life,” he says. He has published two short stories, Big Jim in The Rejected Quarterly, and Guerrilla Marketing in The Berkeley Fiction Review, and one poem, Snow Covers the Dead in The Hiram Poetry Review. “I’ve completed a novel, Grace, which is making the rounds of publishers, and I am currently working on a second novel, tentatively called Scavenging, as well as a novella and story collection called Bear Season, another short story collection titled Trail Etiquette, and with my girlfriend Jinko Gotoh, a collection of memoir pieces and poems which is presently called Dogged by Memory.” Hafeli has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. email@example.com
lives in Berlin, Germany, where she works as a translator as well as taking orders at a local pizzeria and giving English lessons. She has published The Heroes & Other Stories (All Things That Matter Press) and is working on an MFA in Fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, United States. KatHausler.blogspot.com
COURTNEY LEIGH KIRBY
says: “I should have been born in the generation of Frank Sinatra, James Dean, swing dancing, and big bands. Instead I’m stranded in Generation X, and boy is it something to write about.” Kirby says she loves the use of internal rhyme, and her references to improper grammar are intentional for the sake of authenticity. “I write about complex issues in the simplest terms possible.” She is a social work student at the University of Kentucky, United States, but her home address is in Loganville, Georgia. She has lived in the South all her life (in places such as Greensboro, NC, Helena, AL, and Orlando, FL) and loves the art of Southern literature. Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner are two influences.
lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, where he is working on a Degree in English Education at Rutgers University with a focus on creative writing. He’s writing a collection of poetry that he hopes to publish. firstname.lastname@example.org
lives in Asheville, North Carolina, United States, and intends to enrol in an MFA in poetry at either Naropa University or Goddard College. She has poetry published in SLAB Literary Magazine, The Great Smokies Review, and Steam Ticket. email@example.com
is the author of You Can’t Help Touching Places That Hurt: a Micro Novel (Robert Ne Veut Pas Lire). He is the senior editor of Matador, an independent travel publication and worldwide travel community. He lives with his wife and daughter in Patagonia, Argentina. miller-david.com
of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, says that from a very young age she wanted to write and act, and she feels unbelievably lucky that she is doing both, even if she struggles to make the rent. She graduated from the Ryerson Theatre School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. At Ryerson she wrote and produced a play, The Guilty Party. Illiatovitch-Goldman is working on another play (as yet untitled) and collaborating on a musical, High School Moos-ical. The Birthday is one of a collection of stories she is writing titled, The Old Man and The Young Girl.