Category: life

JK

            The SUV goes down the road and turns around. It parks on the other side of the street. A man in a turban gets out and starts picking up tennis balls that have flown over the fence from the court.             I’m watching videos on my front porch, on the other side of the […]

Balloonfest ’86

            There were several ancillary matters of interest surrounding Balloonfest, a fundraising event sponsored by the United Way in Cleveland, Ohio on September 27, 1986. During the main event, one and a half million balloons were released into the air from a central containment structure that measured the size of a city block. Netting was anchored […]

CBC Short Story Prize Longlist News

Hi all, I managed to make the CBC Short Story Prize longlist this year. The 33 longlisted entries out of the 3000 submissions are located here:  https://www.cbc.ca/1.5970008. My individual page is here: https://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/titan-arum-by-trent-lewin-1.5976780 This is my third straight year being longlisted. Feeling awfully humbled and a little overwhelmed. But really happy. If you’d like to […]

On Birthdays

            The first child’s name was Mali. Jen had always wanted to go to Africa, but had been afraid of planes, so she’d named her daughter after an African country. Brad had gone along with it. Most truck drivers didn’t care about Africa.             “Do you want to make me a popsicle?” asked Brad.             “You don’t just […]

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