My Flash Fiction Piece ‘Shopping Bliss’ Now Available Online

The Binnacle, the literary journal of Coastal Maine, published my ultra-short piece Shopping Bliss in 2015. This was my first flash fiction piece in English ever published. The editor, University of Maine professor Gerard NeCastro, with his team of students, are now making available online all the past print publications, including my story, which you can read here. Browse the online material and you will find fun, intense, powerful writing. You can also buy the anthology’s Kindle edition here.

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Summer Memories Published in Duende

Online literary journal Duende features my hybrid piece Summer Memories in their April 2017 Spotlight section, along with a poem by Casey Rocheteau and visual art by Cameron Quan Louie.

Duende is the literary journal of Goddard College’s BFA in Writing program, and is maintained and curated by a committed editorial team which includes current students. They update the website with Spotlights of  literary and visual works every month, and launch one issue in the Fall; the first one was out in October 2014.

Duende’s name is inspired in Lorca’s poetic vision. They look for work that “shatters styles….,” “is rooted in our soil, full of thistles and sharp stones.” As the editorial team put it: “seeks authenticity & soulfulness…. a chill up the spine…..darkness and intensity….a response from the body.” Duende “aspires to represent the true beauty and diversity of the U.S. literary ecosystem.”

This is the second time my work is showcased at Duende. The Páramo Train, also an hybrid piece, was included in their August 2016 Spotlight. Browsing further, you will discover the wide array of fantastic literary (short stories, poetry, essays, interviews) and visual works this magazine publishes. Proud to be in the company of writers and artists with so much duende.

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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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