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              Fall 2018

              "Public Persona"
              by Sean Qualls

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              Essays

              Write What You Know By Kathleen Spivack

              Second Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Essay Award.
              “Write about what you know,” my journalism teacher, Mrs. Orsini admonished. What did she mean by that? It was rather like being told, “Work for a living!” At fourteen such exhortations were meaningless. I stared, both fascinated and repelled, at Mrs. Orsini’s long painted toenails. She was married to a podiatrist, she had told us girls. Why would anyone choose that field? What induced her to marry such a man?

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              Losing My Mind and Getting a New One By Judith Hannah Weiss

              Third Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Essay Award.
              I’m not an expert on brain injury. I am a person who has one. It was an accident — the accident of a drunk with a truck. It was a Code 4 emergency, which means my life was threatened. Then it wasn’t my life. My head hit the headrest so hard it broke the seat. The good news was I survived. The bad news was brain damage….

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              Broken Bones and Pygmy Donkeys By Megan Williams

              First Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Essay Award.
              By June, the weather is already so sweltering, the very concept of summer feels oppressive. As I park beneath a giant walnut tree at Abington Friends School and walk Gus and Grace across the parking lot for the last time as second graders, the mixture of sadness and happiness that accompanies every end and beginning of the school year as a parent engulfs me. I breathe in the soupy air and count. Based on the estimated start date Detective Brody gave me, I will start the Philadelphia Police Academy in ten weeks….

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              Fiction

              Love Trouble By Holly Woodward

              “I’m a nightmare in bed,” I told the stranger staring at my cleavage.

              He leaned close, tilting the barstool….

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              Wild Horses By Faith Shearin

              Third Prize, 2018 Literal Latte Fiction Award.
              That winter, on our island, a flu arrived by fishing trawler; it was