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Four old baseballs in the grass.

Love in the Cheap Seats

by Ben Jackson “Love in the Cheap Seats” placed first in Southern New Hampshire University’s 2019 Fall Fiction Contest. On the last day of October, Al Fine sat with his wife in the shadow of the Budweiser sign. He had first purchased these tickets, high in the bleachers of Fenway…

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The book jacket of Colin Dodd's new novel, "Ms. Never."

The Penmen Profile: Writer Colin Dodds Releases New Sci-Fi Novel

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Colin Dodds just added a sixth novel to his list of published works. This November, he brought two people with dark secrets together in “Ms. Never,” a sci-fi story that tackles a number of life’s mysteries. Dodds is a poet, novelist and film director and has been…

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The Penmen Profile: New Novelist Siobhan Fallon

by Kristin Duckworth Siobhan Fallon’s debut novel, “The Confusion of Languages,” takes place in the American embassy community in Jordan during the Arab Spring – a setting Fallon knows well, having been stationed there with her husband. Fallon drew on her own experiences and observations to tell the story of…

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The Penmen Profile: Theater Director Gary Beck

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Gary Beck’s wide array of creative writing skills has led to the publication of his poetry, fiction and essays in hundreds of literary magazines. Along with publishing 11 chapbooks, he spent a majority of his adult life as a theater director and had original plays and the…

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Young Author Nicole Mello Juggles Writing and College

By Rebecca LeBoeuf Between classes and homework, extracurricular actives, a part-time job and a social life, college is a busy time for many students. Imagine writing and publishing a novel on top of all that. In the middle of her college career, Nicole Mello published her first novel, “Venus,” with…

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The Penmen Profile: Short Story Writer Dalia Rosenfeld

By Rebecca LeBoeuf Over the past couple decades, Dalia Rosenfeld‘s short stories have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Los Angles Review and Moment Magazine. Her first collection, “The Worlds We Think We Know,” filled with humor and heartbreak, published this spring. The book garnered praise from Publishers…

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The Penmen Profile: “Geechee Girls” Author Lisa Harris

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Lisa Harris writes everything – from poetry and essays to flash fiction and novels. The number of places her work has been published over the years is prolific. The first two novels in her Quest Trilogy, “Geechee Girls” and “Allegheny Dream,” received recognition from the Author’s Zone….

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The Penmen Profile: Bestseller Robin Wasserman

by Rebecca LeBoeuf “Girls on Fire,” Robin Wasserman’s first adult novel, was named an NPR and a BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year in 2016. The book also received praise from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Booklist and Cosmopolitan, among many other positive reviews. A faculty member of…

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“Among Animals 2” Brings Humans and Animals Together

by Rebecca LeBoeuf “Among Animals 2” is the second anthology produced by Ashland Creek Press, depicting the relationship between humans and animals, both domestic and wild. Fifteen authors contributed to this 2016 collection, and The Penmen Review was lucky enough to talk to four of them about their stories. C.S….

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The Penmen Profile: “Knowing” Screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Author and screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson may be best known for the 2009 film, “Knowing,” a sci-fi thriller featuring Nicholas Cage that hit number one in the international box office during its opening weekend. He first emerged in the world of screenwriting, however, with the film, “Mercury…

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The Penmen Profile: Children’s Book Author Cynthia Reeg

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Cynthia Reeg writes middle-grade fiction and educational children’s books. The first book in her “Monster or Die” trilogy, “From the Grave,” was published in October 2016. Reeg’s Pet Grammar Parade books use animals to teach children about different parts of speech. In addition to these books, the…

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