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Welcome to the Cruellest Month!

by Ron Hayes In the immortal words of one of my personal faves (and, clearly, MY miglior fabbro): Frisch weht der Wind Der Heimat zu, Mein Irisch kind, Wo Weilest du? And it’s true. Fresh winds are blowing. The cruellest month is upon us. And here we are again, one year later, one year older and, […]

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More than a Twist Ending

by Darlene Cah I had to read “The Lottery” in one of my high school English classes. At the time, I was more interested in dragging paint across a silk screen with a squeegee than thinking about the deep meaning of stories. Not that I wasn’t interested in English. I loved it. It was easy […]

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Can You Get There From Here? Using the Canon As Your Pole Star to Success

by Ron Hayes I’m a big fan of Modernism. Have been since discovering Hemingway’s short stories as a Marine Biology major in my first failed attempt at college in the 80s. A decade later, in my successful second stint in college, I was overjoyed to discover that Hemingway had a bunch of cronies whose work […]

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Contest Caveats: Tips to Keep You From Tilting at Windmills

As February marches inexorably toward the lions and lambs of March, we approach that time of year in which our honest and earnest Año Nuevo resolutions hit a wall and one of two things happens: we abandon our best intentions or, less often, we somehow find the strength to buckle down and redouble our efforts […]

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Half a Year, Whole New Experience: My Time at 5Writers So Far

by Ron Hayes As I write this, I’m sitting on a cheese bus with two dozen teenage girls, a fellow assistant coach, a chatty middle-aged bus driver, and a handful of teenage boys who, as football players of mine, want to “help out” with things like videotaping, filling water bottles, and being close to their […]

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The Ins and Outs of Furthering My Craft

by Ron Hayes Like so many writers, my ability to engage in self-promotion is, at best, stunted; at worst, it’s almost criminal. At virtually every turn, in any eventuality, I find myself preferring—by far—to curl inward, engaging the internal locus of my writing instead of spending time and energy on the external demands of things […]

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Ma? Ma! We’re All Crazee for Negative Space

by Ron Hayes Thirty spokes meet in the hub, but the empty space between them is the essence of the wheel.    -Lao Tzu When I was just a young lad, rooted still in the halcyon days of high school life, one of my first jobs was as a busboy at a restaurant my friend’s […]

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Beyond Edgar and Ezra: Back to School Edition

by Ron Hayes As the end of August draws near—and with it the end of yet another summer—the stores and the shopping malls tell us that the diminishing daylight and dropping temps can mean only one thing: Christmas is here! Okay, well perhaps not that quite yet. Of course we all know that with the […]

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Put your Characters in their Place

by Darlene Cah Let’s take a tour of my living room in this moment. Yes, you should be afraid! The walls are a dark-ish green with a lighter green accent wall along the entryway. The floors are hardwood in a medium-light honey color. There’s a gas fireplace with a brick façade wedged into one corner. […]

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Here And There…Or Maybe Just Not Anywhere

by Ron Hayes Recently I opened a poetry contest to celebrate a historical event’s bicentennial here in my town. Entrants were invited to address and/or interpret the contest’s theme as broadly as they wished. To fully understand, it’s helpful for you to know the following: the historical event took place on Lake Erie during the […]

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