Press Release for Friday, October 30, 2009
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
The inaugural online edition of “Fiction Fix,” a University of North Florida literary journal, will be
available just in time for Halloween. This addition has nine new remarkable stories
and for the first time, integrates nearly 30 artworks by four artists.
by Editor-in-Chief April Bacon and UNF Faculty Advisor Mark Ari, “Fiction Fix 6”
features authors from around the U.S. and world, positioning the
journal as a player on the international literary arts scene. At the same, true
to its North Florida roots, the journal
showcases several UNF alumni and students.
visual arts in this first online issue include local artists and some from all over
the country. Local artist Shannon Estlund’s darkly compelling visions of
dresses and chairs appear in this issue. She paints in Park Street Studios in Riverside and is
currently the Riverside Art Market’s volunteer and non profit coordinator. Melissa
Bryant, an illustration and textile artist from Indianapolis, includes remarkable furniture
pieces, which are digital collages that reveal the emotional life of chairs.
artwork in this issue includes Laura Ferrara’s oils, a compendium of ghostly
images and symbols that record the artist’s inner life. Her artwork can be
found in homes all over the world and at her ArtSpring studio in Silver Spring, Md.
Renee Press’s totemic watercolor and colored pencil works are also included in
the online debut edition. She is an artist living on the shores of the Puget
Sound in Washington
year’s Editor’s Choice Award goes to Klemen Pisk, a Slovene author, poet and
musician, for his magical portrayal of a linguist in “Vilnius.” Pisk has been published around the
world and in many languages, but “Vilnius”
is his first work to be published in English.
senior Thomas Karst takes the Reader’s Choice Award for “Outside,” a haunting
narrative that uses silence as much as voice to communicate the depths and
reaches of human pain.
The previous five volumes of
the literary journal have all been published in a print format, so the
editorial staff hopes to reach an even wider audience by creating the free,
online version of the journal. “Fiction Fix” is affiliated with River House,
the virtual writer’s house of UNF.
“Fiction Fix 6” is
available online at fictionfix.net. For
more information, contact Mark Ari at (904) 699-7559.
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