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Fiction Fix, the literary journal of the University of North Florida, just released its 10th issue online at www.fictionfix.net. This issue is packed with stories and art that are fueled by the need to express the human condition.
In “The Girl In The Yard” by Kentucky resident Brandon Bell, a 30-year-old man whose wife is out of town wakes up to find a naked teenage girl lying in his yard, while “Nesting” is a love story of a stalker and stalking victim coping with loneliness in a big city by Lindsay Oncken, a first-year English student at the University of Texas in Austin. Miami resident Marisa Roman, who studied creative writing at Florida International University as well as New York University, submitted “The Rapture: A BBM Conversation with God,” which explains why the May 21 rapture prediction didn’t come to pass.
In this issue, Fiction Fixpresents its first Gypsy Sachet Awards in Letters and Autobiography to eight winners: DeWitt Brinson and James Claffey, California; Marty Correia, New York; UNF alumnus and Jacksonville resident Brad Hall; Joe Kilgore, Texas; Lauren Liebhaber, New York; Alex Miller, Tennessee; Anna Pennington, Utah; and Clarence Young, Michigan. This first collection gives readers a glimpse of the treasures that pass through the hands of editors and includes cover letters as well as biographies, ranging from a Hemingway-esque 17 words to several paragraphs.
Art in this issue includes work by Virginia resident J.J. Cromer, who finds inspiration for his work from sources as wide as pop culture, politics and beekeeping. His art is in numerous private and public collections, including the American Visionary Art Museum, High Museum of Art and the Taubman Museum of Art. California resident Julie Hayward’s multimedia art reveals an earthly enchantment whose organic nature suggests extension beyond the artwork’s borders. Her work is currently on display in the Ryan Fine Art gallery.
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 E. Bacon. The journal staff is comprised of the following UNF students and alumni: senior Chrissy Rand, associate editor; alumna Laura Hyman and junior Alex Pucher, assistant editors; alumna Ann Marie Byrd, editorial assistant; and readers sophomore Jessica Bayne, senior April Hutchinson, alumni Grant Kittrell and Benjamin Liff as well as alumnae Mary Mezzano, Joanna Ring and Blair Romain.
The Journal promotes contemporary fiction from national and international authors and artists and is based on the premise that stories are an addictive experience. Its editorial board is comprised solely of UNF students and alumni who are participants in a unique and far-reaching literary community.
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