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posted on: Jun 05 2018

Coming Full Circle

  Originally published on Medium by Unsolicited Press   My first attempts on the page were carefully wrought renditions of a single scene, expression, item, or thought. My focus was tight, keen, and probably overly analytical. After describing something in minute detail, the challenge was always to locate...

posted on: Apr 06 2018

Artichokes

originally published in Spartan, and later included in the story collection, By The Wayside (Unsolicited Press, 2017)   My mother loved artichokes. She trimmed the stems and steamed them in a shallow pan. When cool, she paired them with a vinaigrette sauce. One by one we gently...

posted on: Apr 04 2018

The Fall

originally published in Prime Number Magazine; All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories (Press 53, 2011); and By The Wayside, stories, (Unsolicited Press, 2017)     Suicides shot up that winter. By Valentine’s Day there’d been four. The victims walked out when the light was low, usually...

posted on: Mar 31 2018

The Meaning of The Hat

                The Meaning of The Hat originally published in Knee-Jerk Magazine   Even before she became the wife, she was said to lack ambition, direction, and drive. She was happy just to sit and think her own thoughts, scribble in notebooks, try her hand at drawing and watercolors like...

posted on: Mar 23 2018

Why We Need Woman-Driven Stories

originally published in Book Riot A happy statistic I read recently is that women, especially older, educated women, buy more books a year than men. This confirms that women are good—and essential—readers. As fictional subjects, they’re also well-represented. Women in both novels and screenplays often face...

The Amendment by Anne Leigh Parrish
posted on: Mar 03 2018

The Amendment – Chapter One

    Coming June 2018, from Unsolicited Press     chapter one   At first, Lavinia thought Mel was joking. Mel was never not joking. That rubber snake in the freezer last Christmas, during their annual open house. Her husband, Chip, knew he'd put it there. He also knew how Lavinia felt...

posted on: Feb 13 2018

The First Time

originally published in New Pop Lit Do you remember the first time? How the light from that candle seemed to brighten even as the rain fell harder against the pane? It was our first night away together, and the thrill of the cheat was offset by our guilt....

posted on: Feb 08 2018

Good Boy

originally published in Sand Hill Review   Of course, he hadn’t meant to. No man in his right mind would utter the name of a former lover while having sex with his wife. Diane paused for the briefest moment after he whispered, “Nina.” She must have heard. Why else...

posted on: Jan 25 2018

Three Poems

originally published January 1, 2018 in Volume 3, Issue 1 of MockingHeart Review   Deluge The white horse grays in the deluge Beneath of the limbs of an evergreen The red-handed woman waves me down She wears no coat against the cold, her rubber sandals Are what you slip on to fetch...

posted on: Nov 15 2017

Hearing the Muse

  Americans are practical people. We think about profit and loss, success and failure, maximizing our utility, avoiding diminished returns. We’re healthy Capitalists. We live for the business model of constant, steady growth. We seek profits at every turn. What if you’re an artist? Or someone for...