My Poem The Angel in My Cupboard Published in Webzine Ink Sweat & Tears

First of all, I love the name of this webzine. Second, I am grateful that my poem The Angel in My Cupboard has landed in such a terrific site. The editor, Helen Ivory, has the enormous responsibility of curating and editing the material published every day. IS&T features poetry, short stories, interviews, reviews, etc, from a wide array of literary sensibilities.

Check out IS&T, a versatile literary space based in the UK. You can read my poem here:

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My Poem Landlocked Now Available at Slippery Elm Online

One of my first poems published, a short one titled Landlocked, was accepted by Slippery Elm and included in the 2015 journal. Now it is available online here. Physical copies can also be purchased, of course, here.

Slippery Elm editors featured another of my poems in 2016: my chart poem About the Scale of Things, available in their online magazine.

This is a journal I always visit and read. It is published by the University of Findlay in Ohio, and is committed to “promoting the best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art being created today.” Take a look.

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Micro-Fiction Published in Crack the Spine

My micro-fiction piece Give Away has been published online in issue 211 of Crack the Spine Literary Magazine. The founding editor, Kerri Farrell Foley, has kept the magazine going from strength to strength since 2011.

A combination of micro-stories (only mine in this issue), flash fiction, short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, this issue is packed with surprising and wonderfully written pieces. i enjoyed reading them very much. Take a look!

If you visit the magazine, feel free to leave a comment regarding mine or any other particular piece that speaks to you.

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Earwax, Flash Fiction in Flash Frontier

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I am thrilled to share that my flash fiction piece Earwax has been published in the February 2017 issue of New Zealand-based Flash Frontier magazine. The theme was Remnants and it was open to international submissions. This outstanding issue showcases skilled and powerful writing from writers whose talent hasn’t gone unnoticed. Several contributors have won prestigious literary prizes and awards. Proud to be in such good company!

Special thanks to founding editor Michelle Elvy and guest editor Michael Harlow for including my work.

By the way, this piece was inspired by looking at the sculpture The Cerumen Strata by Vietnamese artist R. Streitmatter-Tran, and listening to his presentation of his work. His piece was shown in 2016 at the Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum.

The piece in mention was the artist’s rendering of a whale’s earwax. This wax ‘stores’ vast amounts of information about the whale’s stress and well-being based on the amounts of hormones and other chemicals it has secreted. It also records information about the seas where the whale has been traveling. I was intrigued enough about this to continue researching about the topic. There are a few good articles available.

After many iterations, my work Earwax took the form it now holds.

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The artist R. Streitmatter-Tran and his sculpture The Cerumen Strata at the Singapore Art Museum in 2016. Photo by Lucia Damacela

Flash Fiction Piece in Bath Flash Fiction Volume One

My flash fiction piece “Two Old Friends Dry Cacao Beans” has been published in the first volume of Bath Flash Fiction, titled To Carry Her Home. These are the winner, shortlisted and longlisted pieces that participated in the Bath Flash Fiction Award. My piece was longisted, and  am very happy that is included in the Anthology.

“Two Old Friends…” was inspired by scenes that I used to see in downtown Guayaquil when I was a child and a teenager. Men drying cacao near the river Guayas, having lunch, talking with friends. The smell of cacao had a special allure for me.

I Just got in the mail my author’s copy of the book, available for purchase here. It includes a total of 145 striking short short stories. I can’t put it down.

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Three Poems, one in Spanish, in The Acentos Review

I am thrilled to share that three of my poems have just been published in The Acentos Review, February 2017 issue. This journal started publication in 2010, and supports the work of Latin@ writers.

It is particularly important for me that one of my included poems is in Spanish! Publishing my work in Spanish has been more elusive, so I am extra grateful for this opportunity. Here they are. Please read the magazine, which is stunning.

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Boxboles by Nicholas Cabrera-Shneider