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Press Release for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

UNF World Wide Online Literary Journal Releases Summer Issue

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


Fiction Fix, the online literary journal of the University of North Florida, has launched its 14th issue at . In Issue 14, Fiction Fix features 10 works of fiction and artwork by two artists.


In “Thieves,” by Amanda Avutu, a man rethinks his chosen profession when faced with a woman who truly needs his help, even if she doesn’t yet know it. Avutu received a Master of Fine Arts from The New School and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Clay Steakley’s “For The Fences,” is a story where the terrors of Little League turn out to be exactly the right environment for a few valuable life lessons. Steakley is a writer, actor, and musician based in Los Angeles, Calif. His fiction has been published in Slake Magazine and the Belmont Literary Journal, and he was a 2012 finalist for a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship.


“How to Ruin the Book Fair for All the Other Kids” receives this issue’s Readers’ Choice Award.  Author Sarah Scoles presents a witty set of instructions on how to navigate through school and hope for the best, while one might feel as though they are experiencing the worst. Scoles is the associate director at Astronomy Magazine and received a Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University. She resides in Milwaukee, Wis. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Whiskey Island, LIT and others.


“Even When We Want to Most, We Cannot Hear the Falling Snow” by Susan Fedynak receives the Editor’s Choice Award for Issue 14. Fedynak's piece bravely expresses connections beyond words, passions that are the essence of life, and the all-important need to live fully in every moment, as those moments don't last forever. Fedynak is a graduate of Emerson College and a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts merit award recipient. Her work has appeared in Stork, Blood and Thunder, and the speculative fiction anthology, “A Field Guide to Surreal Botany,” published by Two Cranes Press. Fedynak currently resides in New York City.


Artwork for Issue 14 comes from two distinct artists. Paintings by Dr. Ernest Williamson III portray abstract and emotional worlds. Williamson's work, both visual and poetic, has been published in more than 400 national and international online and print journals. He received a master’s degree in English/creative writing/literature from the University of Memphis, and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Seton Hall University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Essex County College in Newark, N.J.


Ira Joel Haber offers drawings of energetic forms reminiscent of organic and primordial states. Haber has had numerous one-man shows and his work has been in the Hirshhorn and Guggenheim museums. His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in more than 100 online and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists' Fellowship Inc. Currently, he teaches art at the United Federation of Teachers Retiree program in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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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