Fresh and exciting writers are just popping up all over the place right now! For the first time since I began this series, I’d like to dedicate a segment to spotlighting two different writers.
The first writer is a woman I know personally and whose work only impresses me more and more every day: Donna Hall. Her debut essay, “One Lover. Two Lovers. Three Lovers. Four.” with Muses & Visionaries Magazine is a bold and impressive work focused on the joys and challenges of polyamory.
Polyamory, Hall explains, is much more than being a “swinger,” it’s being involved in “‘romantic non-monogamy with the consent of everyone involved. There are almost as many different types of polyamorous relationships as there are people who engage in a poly lifestyle.'”
But Hall’s writing is striking not only because of its subject matter, but because of the naked honesty she offers her readers throughout the essay:
… I confess to feeling slightly jealous, wondering what we old, solidly monogamous, married people were missing. I thought that the fluidity of moving from polyamory to monogamy was enviable.
The entire essay runs a tight 1,663 words in length, but Hall doesn’t let the brevity of the piece fence her in. She tells an intense story of deep love, heartbreak, and resilience, and all while raising up classic, troubling questions for her readers:
How well can we ever actually know our loved ones?
How do we know what we want as opposed to what society tells us we should want?
Could I ever decide to break my spouse’s heart?
Could they ever decide to break mine?
No doubt about it, this is a strong publishing debut and I cannot, cannot wait until her next piece inevitably comes out.
The second writer for this segment is Evan Anderson, author of the flash fiction piece, “The Boy Who Carried Fire,” published with Gone Lawn (a consistently strong literary magazine if you haven’t checked it out before; definitely worth exploring!).
When I first came across Anderson’s work, I was blown away. I read “The Boy Who Carried Fire,” and then I read it again, and then I immediately went hunting for more of Anderson’s work. Unfortunately, his author bio doesn’t provide any information about further publications, so the hunt was frustrating and long. I even went searching for him on Facebook and met a number of patient, good-natured Evan Andersons, but none ended up being the author in question.
So, here’s to eventually finding more of Anderson’s work out there! For now, here’s just a taste of “The Boy Who Carried Fire”:
Anderson’s “The Boy Who Carried Fire” grabbed my imagination by the lapels and said Read on! I simply can’t get enough of a story that takes a deceptively simple premise,–like a boy who’s carrying a fire around with him–and then stretches it to places both classic and alien, poignant and bizarre.
Clocking in at only 519 words, “The Boy Who Carried Fire” is definitely a masterful work of flash fiction. Flash fiction can be a particularly difficult and unwieldy genre given its difficult and unwieldy list of demands: Be meaningful! Be poetic! Be entertaining! Oh, and keep it brief–super brief! But Anderson meets these demands gracefully in this piece (which very well might be his debut publication!).
Here’s the bio Gone Lawn provides:
Evan is a writer living in a bowl of a city surrounded by swamps and brimming with stories and music.
Congratulations to both Donna Hall and Evan Anderson on your publications!
I definitely expect to be reading more work from the both of you very, very soon. Keep writing!
What is the Fresh Writers Series?
It’s a way for me to spotlight different emerging writers whose work I’ve stumbled across and–for one reason or another–fallen in love with. Check out the previous spotlighted writers here.