WHAT COMES AFTER BY LINDSEY SILKEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 12
I never told Tanner how much of me went with him when things ended. We didn’t talk for weeks after, and when we did it was too late to say anything.
I got used to sleeping in my own bed every night. Or in the studio on a futon when I didn’t have the energy to go home. I got used to the sad quiet that slept in my studio during the day after I awoke and the way ideas came from new directions in a different code.
I dated other people, and figured that he did, too. I thought about him when a date got to the point of taking off our clothes. The men I went out with were incompetent, insecure despite the way they acted with their clothes on. I felt like everything I said was a script. I talked about galleries where I wanted my work sold, even though I was twenty-five and had no idea where I wanted to go. I went out with real estate agents, law students, computer programmers who were a few or sometimes, several years older. They were the strangers who GET you drinks at bars. The ones you don’t actually date. I ate at nice restaurants and was not allowed to pay the bill. I introduced one of them to my parents. His name was Steve.
With Steve, I thought I was getting closer to my adult life. And then I realized that most of the time, he made me feel like a shirt that didn’t fit its owner. We fought, and one time, after we got the words out, he said, “I don’t hurt you, right?”
I was confused, wiping tears.
“Have I ever hit you, Sammy? Even yelled at you?”
“Of course not.”
“So what’s your problem?” he said.
seeks to take the simple, the gritty, and even the ugly, and write it into something beautiful. She draws inspiration from artists and thinkers such as Hemingway, Krishnamurti, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Dylan, and her father, the painter John Carey. She is a senior sociology major at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey, United States, where she writes essays for the alternative campus magazine, The Perspective. This is her first published poem.
is the author of Snapshots, The Last Place I Want to Be, and several other books. His stories have been published in Storyquarterly, Cicada, Marlboro Review, and other journals. He teaches in the MFA program at Chapman University, Orange County, United States
says writing, art, and people are most important to her. Carrock has an MFA in Art at Ohio State University, and for a couple of years she taught art to high school students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She lives in Portland, Oregon, United States, and works as a computer programmer, but has also worked with homeless teenage girls and prison inmates in a drug treatment program. She has published poems in the Portland Review and To Topos magazines, and in an anthology Naming: Poems by Eight Women. She edited and contributed to another anthology, Mothers and Fathers: Being Parents, Remembering Parents.
is writing a collection of short stories set in her native St Lucia. She has a BA in English from Southern University and is studying for Masters Degrees in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Chapman University, California, United States.
has an Honours BA in Art from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her paintings are in private collections in the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, England, and Australia. She has had solo shows at Toronto City Hall, Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, and at the Hamilton Central Library. Group exhibitions include McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Burlington Art Centre, and St Lucia City Hall. Donna is represented by The Inner Gallery in St. Lucia. She received the Newcomer’s Award in the Visual Arts category at the M&C Arts Awards Competition in St Lucia in 1996, and the Gold Award in 2001. In 2009 she was commissioned by the city of Toronto to paint a mural at 400 McCowan, Scarborough, Ontario. Grandin (nee Gomez) was born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia in 1974. Her ancestors settled in the Caribbean in the 1700s.
was born in Bulgaria where she lives and works as literary translator. She has lived in Koeln, Germany and in Brussels, Belgium. Her short story collections published in English include Bitter Sky, SKREV Press, UK 2003, Somebody Else, MAG Press, US 2005, Miss Daniella, SKREV Press, UK 2007, Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories, Vox Humana, Canada/Israel 2010, and a novel, God of Traitors, published by Book for a Buck Publishers, US 2007.
is a writer and media consultant. He was a television programming executive for HBO, PBS, and Golf Channel. He has been writing poetry for years, and his poetry has been published in the anthology Poetry to Feed the Spirit. He lives in Orlando, Florida, United States.
was born in southern France to French and American parents. She attended high school in Bangkok and undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. She worked for a non-government organization in Cambodia, particularly in disability. “I never expected to write fiction until this story started pouring out of me, on a day when Cambodian newspapers announced yet another death from a land mine,” Sarah says. “My aim is to raise awareness of land mines and UXOs, while exploring issues of culture, gender, and guilt.” email@example.com
is a writer, screenwriter, and translator. He studied at Maxim Gorky Literature Institute (Russia), State University of Languages (Azerbaijan), Gotham Writers’ Workshop (US), and Winghill Writing School (Canada). bonazaz(@gmail.com
JACKIE DAVIS MARTIN
divides her life (so far) into thirds: childhood in Pennsylvania, parenthood in New Jersey, maturation, of sorts, in California, United States. She says her vocation of teaching literature has consistently blurred into the avocation of reading and writing. She has had stories published in a number of literary journals, including Trillium, Midway, Sangam, Fastforward, Flashquake, apparatus, and millionstories, as well as essays in Language and Culture, The Teacher’s Voice, and in JAAM, a journal of arts. “It seems all I do is read and write (and go to plays and operas and ballets), but when anyone asks what I’m reading, I’m stuck,” she says.
MELISSA TANDIWE MYAMBO
is the author of Jacaranda Journals (Macmillan South Africa, 2004), a collection of short stories set in Zimbabwe. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, United States, during the summer and in winter she says she follows the sun to warmer climes.
CHRISTINA OI YING NIP
was born in Hong Kong and raised in Singapore. She moved to San Francisco, United States, with her family four years ago. She says she is drawn to quirky and funny everyday things. “There is nothing I love more than writing, with the exception (perhaps) of watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus with a hot cup of tea on a rainy day,” she says.
says that several years of editing JVibe, a teen magazine, has infected her fiction with themes of youth and love. She lives and works in Baltimore, United States, (a forever Bostonian) but her favorite city is San Francisco. Lindsey recently graduated from the Bennington Writing Seminars. “My life is about doing as much as I can, while I can,” she says.
lives in Binghamton, New York, United States. She’s a recent college graduate and intends to return to school for an MA in English and achieve her lifelong goal of becoming Van Wilder. She says her stories are often inspired by people-watching, one of her favorite pastimes, because real people make inspiring stories. firstname.lastname@example.org
was born in the United States South and raised in Alaska and Colorado before moving to the Pacific Northwest 36 years ago. His work has been published in Northwest literary journals. He is active in local poetry circles and, among other writing projects, is completing a series of responses to 100 of Han-shan’s Cold Mountain poems. Once a university professor of urban geography he spent many years working to develop public transportation in the Puget Sound region. email@example.com
was born and raised in Connecticut, and moved to Israel 14 years ago. She says writing has always been part of her working life. After starting in journalism, she moved on to consulting and business writing for high-tech companies. “I am thrilled now to have discovered that I may have a creative side after all,” Zuckerman says. Her stories have been published in The New Orphic Review and Descant. She hopes to publish a novel eventually. When not at work on her writing, she can be found swimming, biking, running, or chasing after her four children.