Contests, Fiction

Winning Stories: FUSION Student Fiction Contest

 

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Contests, Creative Nonfiction

Student Creative Nonfiction Contest

Stories Based on Real Life: We’re looking for writing that is vital, ripe and engaging. Writing that pushes past or against literary or life’s boundaries, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.

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Drama

Berklee Student Screenplays

 

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Essays, Philosophy

Moral Economy: An Original Economic Form for the Human Condition

Teodros Kiros, PhD       MAAT was to ancient Egypt as Wisdom was to ancient Greece. Wisdom was to Plato’s aristocratic regime as Maat was to Egypt’s social and political life.

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Essays

Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language, and Songwriting

Pat Pattison       My world shifted forever one Tuesday afternoon, decades ago, in Bob Baker’s Philosophy 1 class at the University of Minnesota. Bob was making a case for Descartes’ distinction between Appearance and Reality, and my head was swimming a bit.

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Guests, Poetry

Four Poems from The Paul Simon Project

Karen Lillis       The Paul Simon Project (NightBallet Press, 2014) is an "album" of ten poems, one for each song title on the 1975 Paul Simon album, Still Crazy After All These Years. The poems explore subjects from relationships to class contrasts to my own take on escaping a vicious "Little Town" childhood.

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Fiction, Guests

The Bridge

Tim Keppel       A sultry midmorning in Cali, the sky a hazy blue. Stoplight venders hustling bubble blowers, pinwheels, lollipops.

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Essays

Humiliation — An Essay On Ingmar Bergman

Sean Brennan       In the final moments of Summer With Monika, Harry Lund (Lars Ekborg) reflects upon the happiest days of his life.  Defeated by both his wife’s betrayal and his own newfound cruelty, Harry reminisces on their summer together.

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Essays

The Things That Crushed Him

Michael Nasaruk       His right leg was shaking, out of control. The golden sustain pedal beneath his foot gained momentum and kept pressing back against the low and unstable pressure of his leg.

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Essays

Alien’s Ellen Ripley and NASA’s Anna Fisher

Spanning the void between fiction and reality       Taylor Page       Regardless of the photographer’s intent, this Life magazine’s 1985 cover of the American Astronaut Anna Fisher says it all: The New York City bread graduate Anna Lee Fisher (top) of UCLA ignites a intriguing comparison to Ellen Ripley: one of world’s most famous female heroes projected in film.

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Fiction

The Sun of my Smile

Laura Sekarputri       Every time I look at my face in a mirror, I spot its dry skin, go away and forget the way I look. I hate the color of my skin. Like the ugly duckling, I’m the darkest among my family and friends.

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Reviews

Beneath the Skin of “Under the Skin”

Taylor Page       “Under The Skin,” like most stories, relies upon a narrative that exists on the surface of the film: a seductive alien luring willing men into her grasp my means of a van that peruses the Scottish coastline.

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Drama

A Free Forest

Lezane Trapani In New York City, siblings Jules and Forest rely on each other and their art to navigate the barricades of one troubling weekend: just a window into their …

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Drama

Dream Rider

Piper R. Pichette When a bolted door in Zach’s house suddenly opens, Meri finds herself in a Middle World where dreams become reality. As they fall into adventures, the characters …

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Fiction

The Blue Vase

Ellen Francese       The empty blue vase stood on the round white table in the kitchen. Early morning light crept through the jalousie's slats and extended its fingers to the smooth surface of the vase.

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Drama

The Institution: “A New Shadow”

Ian DePriest All the world’s a chessboard. Download the Screenplay

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Poetry

Gathering

Ellen Francese       I have met death / Once Twice / The ground caught me / I could not run away /

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Philosophy, Reviews

Freeing The Imprisoned Self: A Memoir

Reviewed by Teodros Kiros. Ph.D. By George Eastman Dog Near Publishing, 2014 Silence. More silence. Space. More space. Time. Nothingness in the cold, under furnished room. There is more of …

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Essays

The True Nature of Religion

Salome Kotsoladze       Contemplating about the true nature of religion, whether or not religious beliefs lie in or outside the bounds of rationality and reasoning is something all of us have thought about. “Why religion, since so costly, has survived?”

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Drama

Boston

Zev Burrows When a recent college graduate gets caught up with an older woman, he starts to question his own relationship with a younger girl and his own life. A …

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Essays

Setting and Structure Communication — An Analysis of Langston Hughes’ “Bop”

Mateo Rodo       The piece “Bop” by Langston Hughes is a dialectic expression of the Socratic method between two characters: Simple and the narrator, “I”. In this conversation, the subjects illustrate a teacher-student relationship.

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Philosophy, Reviews

Eastern Ontologies and Capability Theory

Reviewed by Teodros Kiros. Ph.D. Ashmita Khasnabish. Negotiating Capability and Diaspora: A Philosophical Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013 Dr. Ashmita Khasnabish, the author of Negotiating Capability: A Philosophical …

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Hometown Memories: Spring 2014

Creative Nonfiction, Words

Hometown Memories: Spring 2014

As I reach Woodlands train station, everything and everyone is moving in the speed of lightning. The human traffic moves like a colony of ants, coming from various directions. I soon realized that if I had stopped walking, everyone is going to crash into one another. Access control gates slams inward and outward like huge resounding metals in a factory. They go in sync and people go through them as quickly as they can – afraid the gates might just slam them. I walk without a care in the world. 7am: I am on my way to school.

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