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Fiction Fix, the online literary journal of the University of North Florida, has launched its 12th issue at
. In Issue 12, Fiction Fix features 10 works of fiction, two graphic literature pieces and the journal’s second annual Gypsy Sachet Awards, which recognizes authors for their creative cover letters and biographies.
This issue’s works of fiction span from poetic vignettes to psychological surrealism, exemplifying the journal’s mission to publish accessibly experimental and soulful prose. “Mix Tape” by Elisha Wagman is this issue’s Readers’ Choice Award winner. This stunningly down-to-earth story is an examination of the life of Jasmine, a terminally ill young woman, and her sometimes strained relationship with her mother. Wagman is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at The New School and possesses a graduate diploma in fiction from the Humber School for Writers.
William LaPage’s “These Small Rooms” places the reader into the emotionally confusing, yet profoundly beautiful mindscape of its narrator, Thomas, as he attempts to deal with his strange, life-threatening brain disorder. LaPage resides in Austin, Texas, and is the author of the short fiction collection, “The Vague Terrain.” “Bernard’s Nose” by Doruk Onvural, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., explores the titular character’s struggle with the strangest and most original case of the sniffles that the world perhaps has ever seen.
Providing the artwork for the latest issue is painter, poet and musician Steve Sherrill, who is a self-taught artist and novelist. He’s an associate professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona and is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in fiction (2002). Sherrill’s work is sometimes reminiscent of the organic forms of Egon Schiele, the subject matter (though subversive) of Norman Rockwell and the rich color-ways of Paul Gauguin.
Fiction Fix brings a unique sampling of nonfiction into the issue with the second annual Gypsy Sachet Awards. The journal publishes particularly creative cover letters and biographies that are submitted along with the writers’ and artists’ main submissions. The materials are sometimes funny, sometimes touching and always honest.
This issue also presentsselections from two works of graphic literature. In “Easy Pieces,” graphic artist Neil Dvorak, who works in the animation and film industries in New York City, presents schematics that will blow your mind. Poet and artist David Higginbotham, a central Virginia resident, takes individuals on a poetic, arresting journey to the biggest little city in the world in “Reno.” He teaches writing at Hamden-Sydney College.
Fiction Fixwas founded by UNF English instructor, author, musician and artist Mark Ari and UNF students in 2002.Its current and fourth editor-in-chief is UNF alumna April Gray Wilder. The journal promotes contemporary literature and art from across the United States and the world. For more information, contact Wilder at
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