Almost Crimson: For as long as she can remember, CeCe has taken care of herself. With her father gone and her mother crippled by chronic depression, CeCe struggles to find fulfillment in the sacrifice required to keep their lives together. As her mother's condition worsens, CeCe is forced to stay close to home and stifle her dreams. With the poetic dexterity of Nikki Giovanni and an unforgettable cast of compassionate characters, Dasha Kelly examines one woman's struggle to choose between her obligation to care for her mother and living life on her own terms. “Two ways life consumes you, swallowed or swept away. One way happens to you, the other happens because of you. Love can go either way.”
Dasha Kelly is a nationally-respected writer, artist and social entrepreneur. As a spoken word artist, Dasha has performed throughout the U.S., in Canada and appeared on the final season of HBO presents Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is an alum of the iconic Squaw Valley Writers Community, the former writer-in-residence for the historic Pfister Hotel, and founder of Still Waters Collective, an arts education and community-building initiative. In 2014, Dasha was selected as a U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy to teach and perform in Botswana, Africa. She is the author of one chapbook Hither and three books: All Fall Down, Hershey Eats Peanuts, and Call It Forth. She lives in Milwaukee, WI.
Little Boy Needs a Ride: Chicago playwright Chris Bower's debut collection of gloriously nasty, bleakly unhinged, and oddly compelling short stories marks the arrival of a truly original voice. Each page is lovingly illustrated by Chicago artist Susie Kirkwood and bursting with gorgeously unsettling tales of parents abandoning children out of spite, men sabotaging women out of love, and other oddments and ear worms.
Chris Bower received an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Chris Bower’s fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. The Chicago Reader calls his work "engrossingly grim."
Aaron Teel is the author of the novella Shampoo Horns, anthologized in My Very End of the Universe: Five Novellas-in-Flash and A Study of the Form. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Brevity, Monkeybicycle, Smokelong Quarterly, and other fine journals. He teaches fiction writing at Washington University in Saint Louis.