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WELCOME TO THE HOUSTON LITERARY REVIEW
JULY 2008 FICTION ISSUE

The Houston Literary Review Staff are proud to present creative fiction from writers who live near and far to Southeast Texas. In this issue, the emotional tension and psychological imagery provide succinct perceptions of the world around us. The short works presented in this issue are the very elements of good fiction writing, and we want to thank Barbara Ewing for contributing her insights into the human condition. We are especially happy to present two flash fiction pieces with a poem by Tom Emanny who lives and works in Philadelphia.
 
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Tom Emanny 

Tom Emanny lives and works in Philadelphia. His appearance in The Houston Literary Review will be the first publication of any of his creative works. Tom went to a fancy school intending to be a writer, but got turned around in Orientation and ended up a mediocre political science student.
Some of the mediocrity stemmed from drinking too much and writing a tyronic novel adapting The Inferno and The Frogs to suburbia; the rest is original. He thanks THLR for temporarily overlooking it.
 
 
Barbara Ewing

Barbara Ewing is a transplanted Yankee who lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband enjoy fishing and hunting of good restaurants. She has produced television news broadcasts, and written publications, speeches and aerospace exhibits for NASA.
She has also written a weekly humor column and has published essays in magazines and newspapers. The award-winning Till Murder Do Us Part was her debut mystery novel.
 

 
Larry D. Harwood

Larry D. Harwood is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has published articles on Friedrich Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, C.S. Lewis, Postmodernism, Aesthetics, Teaching Philosophy, and authored short stories published in Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature, The Dead Mule: A Journal of Southern Literature, VerbSap, Branchwood Journal, Southern Gothic, and The Bleeding Quill.
 
In the spring of 2008, Larry was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in the Faculty of Letters.
 

 
Jeffery Hess

After serving six years in the U.S. Navy, Jeffery Hess earned a BA in English from the University of South Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. He’s held writing positions at a major daily newspaper, a Fortune 500 company, and a transportation research center.
 
Jeffery's writing has appeared in various corporate publications as well as in Writers Journal, American Skating World and the Tampa Tribune. Presently, he is seeking representation for his novel “Scar Tissue” while completing an untitled story collection. He lives in Florida where he teaches composition to students at a technical college and also leads a creative writing workshop for military veterans. 
 


 
Mary Kay McAllister 

Mary Kay McAllister writes from Juno Beach, Florida. She credits having an early job writing
label copy for cosmetics, for her long-time love of the short-short form of fiction.
 
She believes in writing groups, workshops, and whatever else helps keep the posterior to the chair and the brain to the story at hand.
 
 


 

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