Steaks from the Trainer’s Hand

A Short Story Contest Winner Years ago, when Zach was a kid, he let his parakeet pick the food from his teeth. The bird would perch on the back of his hand and stick its head into his mouth and all but disappear. Once he told me he liked the way the beak clicked off…

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J. M. J. Brewer

J.M.J. Brewer is an MFA student at Oklahoma State University, where he writes fiction and teaches writing. Though originally from Wisconsin, he feels a deep connection to the land wherever he goes and considers Oklahoma a second home. Music and film are almost as important to him as literature. His influences include J.G. Ballard, John Fowles, H.P. Lovecraft, and Leonard Cohen.

Daniel Reneau

Daniel is a Denver-based illustrator who is skilled in a variety of artistic disciplines and genres, using both traditional and digital media, with a focus on comic book illustration along with sci-fi and fantasy illustration. He is a winner of the 2013 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future award, and is currently studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

First Featured In: No. 3, winter 2015

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