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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Chirps from the Sparrow

 

 

Summer clouds are gathering; our Minnesota countryside is full of life.   I am reminded of Rita Dove's poetry which comes as a gentle rain of grace: "Lightnin' Blues" and "Aurora Borealis" from her Pulitzer Prize winning work, Thomas and Beulah.   She is Grey Sparrow's and America's National Treasure.

 

Our special guests and poets, Alamgir Hashmi, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, and L. B.  Chhetri will give you much to think about—offering surprises and insights into this old world we live in.   

 

Sparrow Story writers touch on life and death, integrity, pain, joy, and plans… and,yes, a pilonidal cystnot for the timid.  There's a resurrection from the dead and the nature of an incurable disease only the creative suffer from, along with a certain irony in "Ballroom Dancing" and "The Plain Man." 

 

Ricky Ginsburg's story, "School's Out Forever," has been recognized as one of the notable stories on the Internet for 2011 by storySouth's Million Writers Award.  We celebrate with him today. 

 

Our first flash fiction competition is now closed.  The long list is available on the flash competition page.  Please follow the web page for further developments.

 

Special thanks to all of our volunteers; readers, editors, and administrators who make Grey Sparrow possible and, most importantly, our authors who share their unique songs we call voice. 

                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                —Diane Smith