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Contributor Update: Tricia Psarreas Murray published in theEEEL

Tricia Psarreas Murray’s “Revamped Clichés for Horror Movie Scenarios” was recently published on The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature (theEEEL). Congrats, Tricia!

Earlier this year, Tricia’s piece “A Few Test Searches Using the Movies Retitled Like Names of Friends Episodes App” was also published at theEEEL.

You can read Tricia’s recent contribution to The Conium Review Online Compendium here.

“The Pale Investigator,” by Mercedes Lawry

Magnifying Glass

The Pale Investigator stored her dry goods in glass jars, appreciative of their colors and shapes. She kept fruit in a blonde basket and wooden spoons in an old tea tin featuring a cherubic child. The Pale Investigator favored a classic wardrobe in neutral colors and naturally, sensible shoes. She kept her loyalty cards in a small hand-stitched wallet, separate from her license, credit cards and cash. Her former boyfriend admired her pluck but could not accommodate her erratic hours. Her sister, the medical librarian, was secretly envious though tended to discredit her profession at holiday meals, once using the word “snoop,” uttered with disdain.  The Pale Investigator had a wide range of skills and an average grasp of global politics. Though she did not feel the need to make use of full disguises, she did keep a selection of hats in her trunk. The Pale Investigator dreamed of that one big case, the one that would introduce her to fame and fortune or some modest hybrid of the two. Once upon a time, she thought that her work might provide insight about the complexity of human nature, but thus far she had only discovered that people were mainly uninspired in their tawdry behavior while trying to achieve maximum pleasure. If she’d been forced to choose one single word to describe the collective activities of the general public, she would have to choose the word tedious.

About the Author:

Mercedes Lawry has previously published short fiction in several journals including, Gravel, Dying Goose, Cleaver, Garbanzo, Conclave, and theNewerYork. For many years, she’s been publishing poetry in journals such as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, The Saint Ann’s Review, and others and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Additionally, she’s published stories, musings, and poems for children. She lives in Seattle.

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“Senior Superlatives: All Seniors MUST Vote!” by Kayla Pongrac

Graduation Cap

Dear Class of 2015,

            ALL STUDENTS in our graduating class are REQUIRED to vote for senior superlatives this year. Only a few people from last year’s class participated in the voting process, and the people who did ended up voting for themselves (SOOOOOO NOT cool). This year, it is MANDATORY that you vote so that our yearbook is way better than the one produced by the class of 2014. Also, we’ve added new categories to our friendly competition, so don’t skimp out on those new ones. Remember that you can only vote for yourself ONCE.

Now get to it (and don’t forget to vote for me!).

Sincerely & with LOTS of <3 and hugs,

Stacie Hollan

2015 Yearbook Editor-in-Chief

@ILoveUStacieLoo15

 

 

SENIOR SUPERLATIVES ’15 OFFICIAL BALLOT

RULES: VOTE FOR ONLY ONE PERSON. YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOURSELF ONLY ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

YOUR NAME:________________________________________ (all ballots will be kept confidential)

 

Old Categories

 

Nicest Eyes:

 

Nicest Hair:

 

Nicest Smile:

 

Coolest Tattoo:

 

Weirdest Piercing:

 

Class Clown:

 

Biggest Flirt:

 

Most Likely to Succeed:

 

 

Newbie Categories

 

Most Technologically Inclined:

 

Nicest Facebook Page:

 

Most Interesting Twitter Feed:

 

Most Likely to Invent a New Form of Social Media:

 

Best Dressed Hipster:

 

Most Impressive Vinyl Collector:

 

Most Likely to Own Stock in Starbucks One Day:

 

Most Likely to Drop His/Her iPhone or iPad in the Toilet:

 

 

PLEASE RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO ME BY EIGHTH PERIOD ON FRIDAY. OTHERWISE, I WILL REPORT YOU TO THE YEARBOOK ADVISOR.

 

About the Author:

Kayla Pongrac is an avid writer, reader, tea drinker, and record spinner. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in theNewerYork, Split Lip Magazine, Oblong, The Bohemyth, DUM DUM Zine, and Mixtape Methodology, among others. When she’s not writing creatively, she’s writing professionally—for two newspapers and a few magazines in her hometown of Johnstown, PA. To read more of Kayla’s work, visit www.kaylapongrac.com or follow her on Twitter @KP_the_Promisee.

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