"And these small histories he tells—they may or may not be true. He sources them truthfully, of course. From periodicals of their time and testaments of survivors that circulate the country’s bookshelves and open mic performances. Anyone with a stage adds to every story they can get their eyes and ears on until the truth becomes a tale and we all become a myth to satisfy the world’s curiosity about life on a cold, remote island."
from "All the Best Stories" (a short fiction)
Three Alarm Fire
(a completed manuscript)
The stories in this collection center the pain of isolation, longing, betrayal, and desire, while celebrating the survivalist spirit that persists on what tomorrow can bring. We meet characters who defy their constraints, from a woman who lost her fiance to police brutality and makes love to the cell phone that recorded his final moments to an immigrant boy detained by ICE who becomes a superhero and sets himself on avenging his mother's death. We encounter a range of styles, from hybrid works that combine illustration and poetry to prose that imagines the birth of the word 'sex.' Each passing story raises the stakes in a world of people laying everything on the line to find hope and strength in loss.
Individual pieces have been previously published in Moss, Waccamaw, West Branch, KGB Lit, and Split Lip Magazine, among others.
Currently being submitted for publication.
Below is [not] Salvador Plascencia's review of THREE ALARM FIRE