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11 Words Spring 2016



Untitled  Short Stories- 11 Words       


Hitler, hiding in Guatemala jungles, disturbed a Barba Amarilla, deadliest snake. ~ Tom Sheehan


I'm Tesla, inventor of the sonic vaporizer. If you push this...~ Will Haley


Fifty. Divorced. Walking across campus from Admissions, smiling—It’s my turn. ~ Linda Thornton Peterson


I admit I killed him, but only because he loved me. ~ Conrad Geller


"There's no closet monster, see?" Smiling, Mom locks the heavy door. ~ Susan Halbert Lester'


Teen said, "Later." After forty-one years, romance relocated, he wasn't kidding.~ Kim Hazelwood


Titled  Short Stories- 11 Words

The Day We Entered The Farm

The day the aliens arrived, humans wept, as they became livestock.~ Carolyn Wolfe


Reunion Passed

Bittersweet reunion...heartfelt hugs, vows to keep in touch. Soon forgotten. ~ Tony Wayne Brown

Chimpanzee Friend


We taught him sign language; gave him AIDS for further research.~ Lisa Reily


The Ire of St. Phocas

She decided on violet begonias, knowing he left jealous roses behind.~ John Berry




Tom Sheehan  served in 31st Infantry, Korea 1951-52, and graduated Boston College, 1956. His books are Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short SpansACollection of FriendsFrom the Quickening; The Saugus Book; Ah, Devon Unbowed; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; This Rare Earth & Other Flights; Vigilantes East; Korean Echoes (nominated, Distinguished Military Award)The Westering, (nominated, National Book Award); Murder at the ForumDeath of a Lottery Foe; and Death by Punishment. Published in 2014-15 were An Accountable Death, In the Garden of Long Shadows,The Nations, Where Skies Grow Wide, Cross Trails and Six Guns, Inc. He has multiple work in Ocean MagazineRosebud, Greensilk Journal, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House JournalCopperfield ReviewKYSO Flash, Soundings East, Literally Stories, Literary OrphansIndiana Voices Journal, Frontier TalesWestern Online Magazine, Provo Canyon Review, 3 AM Magazine, EastlitRope & Wire Magazine, The Literary Yard,  KYSO Journal, Fiction on the Web, The Path, Faith-Hope and Fiction, The Cenacle, etc. He has 30 Pushcart nominations, and five Best of the Net nominations (and one winner) and short story awards from Nazar Look for 2012- 2015. A chapbook, Swan River Daisy, is currently in publication process, and two short story collections have been accepted for publication.

Will Haley was born in Texas. He lives in Virginia now.

Tony Wayne Brown’s words are floating around from the U.S. to Canada and England, spreading to Hong Kong, and being read in South Africa with his sixty-six publications, including Main Street Rag, Liars’ League Hong Kong, Birmingham Arts Journal, Vestal Review, cahoodaloodaling, Black Mirror, and Moon Magazine. https://www.facebook.com/Tony-Wayne-Brown-1462018347347488/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel  twbrown1020@yahoo.com


Linda Thornton Peterson, a Louisiana native, retired from Northern Illinois University as a psychotherapist and teacher. Her short stories have appeared in The Greensilk Journal and Flash Fiction Magazine. Poetry publications include: The Greensilk Journal, The Hanging Moss Journal, the Western State Colorado University Journal and Northern Illinois University Journals. She won an NIU faculty poetry award and is a founding member of two DeKalb writers’ groups. She was an Associated Press stringer photographer and an art teacher who continues to exhibit her art and write.

Conrad Geller, a Bostonian now living in Northern Virginia, is a widely published poet and critic. This is his first published prose fiction.

Susan Halbert Lester  is a writer, artist, and teacher who lives in Big Spring, Texas.  She Is currently working on a collection of feminist short stories.  Her art can be seen atSunniSmilesCreations.com

Kim Hazelwood is the editor of this litzine, and author of CoyoteBat!. She recently placed third  in a local poetry contest, and has upcoming publications in various zines in the vast universe of poetry. She is  also a member of the Shenandoah Poetry Alliance .This summer she plans to elope with the co-editor. Life is good.

Carolyn Wolfe is a freelance writer, poet, and author of six books including her collections of poetry, short stories and bedtime stories for children.   Ms. Wolfe lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her Photographer, husband Scott, and her houseful of animal companions. For more information, please visit her website at: http://wolfecarolyn.wix.com/carolyn-storyteller

Lisa  Reily is a former literacy consultant, dance director and teacher from Australia. She is now a full-time budget traveler with two bags, one laptop and no home.

John Berry’s work has been published in Vox Poetica, The Yellow Chair Review, Disorder (a Red Dashboard publication) The Green Silk Journal, Crow Hollow 19 and The Good News Paper.  His first book of poems, Wobbly Man was published in the Spring of 2016.  A self-taught woodworker, carpentry contractor and promoter of all things poetry, he writes and works from his Winchester Virginia home with his beloved wife Brenda and their two yorkies,  Molly and Lily.  John hosts the Shenandoah Poetry Alliance Open Mic on the second Wednesdays of every month at the Handley Library in Winchester Virginia. A lover of the unexplored byway or patch of woods never walked, John has nonetheless remained a native Virginian, finding variety and freshness even in the familiar if one is unafraid to look closely at their surroundings and especially at himself.