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ATLAS: vol. 1 Austin, TX– Gross Men’s Room

Sunday, October 18th, 2020


The paper receipt forcefully lodged in the urinal cake drives you to the toilet, which quickly turns you back around.  The BBQ must be spicy, here.








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ATLAS: vol 1. Austin, TX– Latin Galleries at the Blanton Museum

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

“Casting the Runes” by Lenora Carrington: two-beaked bird wearing gold dominates, center-left.  Below it are demons— fluffy or angular or pig-shaped.  Above all these, cloaked and caped female figures stand at an alter with leaves and twigs.  Oil with gold on wood.

“La maestra” by Alfredo Zalce: a not so old woman wearing white sits in rocker, before black background.  Her face, three-quarters lit, with her elongated forefinger pointing to lower half of the page of the book.  The girl leans against arm of the chair, enraptured.  Woodcut.

“Espacio horizontal limitado” by Carlos Rojas: a flat black canvas in centimeters-thin, metal frame.  Inside the frame?  Two twin, white, millimeters-thin lines border the canvas.  Except in the lower corners.  To the lower right, the two lines become filled-in, forming a single, white block line in that corner.  While in the lower left corner, there is but single white, dotted line bordering the canvas.  The only other deviation from the flat black?— another block line, rising from those thin lines at the bottom, right third of the canvas, in a 90 degree angle, to form an open right triangle as it juts right, becoming thin, dotted lines, which then meet another open right triangle of block lines, above it.  Oil on Canvas.

“Graneros III”, by Gonzalo Foneca: the terra-cotta-colored sculpture resembles an architecture, or a town plan.  There are tubular towers of various diameters.  Several staircases vary in size— some of these lead to sensical places, others to nowhere in-particular.  A large foot mounted on a pedestal dominates the roof of the architecture– the foot’s width is wider than any staircase.  Other platforms and indentations, niches or windows, surround the roof and sides of the sculpture.  Red travertine.







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ATLAS: vol. 1 Austin, TX–Craft Cocktail Tour with McClain

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

– Red-Headed Stepchild (entry pin required)
– Firehouse
– Garage Bar
– Small Victory





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ATLAS: vol. 1 Austin, TX– Three Legged Dog

Sunday, September 27th, 2020


Recently groomed and clearly extravagantly pampered, the small, old dog jumps slightly with each step, propelled forward by its hind legs.  A recently groomed and— maybe— slightly less pampered man keeps it on a short, black leash.






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ATLAS: vol 1. Austin, TX–Texas Coffee Traders

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

The compound doesn’t look uninviting, at least.  The chain-link has one large, open gate, and its rusted barbed-wire doesn’t seem much tampered with.  A seating area inside the enclosure has tables and picnic benches, a tent to block the sun.

The east quarter of the warehouse houses the store– a large, open space with shelves stretching almost to the ceiling.  All nationalities of bean are represented, here, whole and ground, both.  For sale: drip-coffee machines and filters; french presses and espresso machines; grinders and kettles.  Around the corner, through plate glass, you can see the roasting facility at work.

Back outside, an unmarked van pulls inside the fence, and a garage door in the building center is rolled up by hand. A glimpse of the warehouse interior reveals sheet-metal shelves stacked high with product.






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Judges Confirmed for 2021 FLASH SUITE Contest

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Judging Process:

Our contests are judged by our four Judge Panel, with two weeks of online Fan Voting counted as an additional Judge vote. 

One Grand Prize vote counts as two Runner-Up votes.

In the event of a draw, the fan-vote becomes the tie-breaker.

Meet the Judges:

Glenn A. Bruce, MFA, was associate fiction editor for The Lindenwood Review. He has published nine novels and two collections of short stories. He wrote Kickboxer, episodes of Walker: Texas Ranger and Baywatch, and was a sketch-writer for Cinemax’s Assaulted Nuts. His stories, poems, and essays have been published internationally. He won About That’s “Down and Dirty” short story contest and was a two-time finalist in the Defenstrationism annual short story contest. He has judged film contests, art shows, and short story contests. He was the final judge for Brilliant Flash Fictionin 2015 (which has included one of his stories in their first print collection) and currently for Defenstrationism (2016-2019). Glenn left 12.5 wonderful years of teaching Screenwriting at Appalachian State University to concentrate on fiction.

Lady Moet Beast, the Beast From Southeast. What can’t be said about this interesting lady? Godmother of D.C. Rap, multi-genre lyricist, producer, poet, musician, writer, singer, actress, and the list goes on. Performing live since the age of 5, determined to be heard, adored and admired, Lady Moet Beast has performed all over the U.S. for the past 25 years. Not your average HipHop Femcee she has grown along with her husband obtaining her own band The Cruddy Crankerz, Beast & Monster Ink,  Drama City Records/Draztick Measurez., Cruddy Rite Publishing, Cruddy Rite Radio, Monster Graphix, and Lioness Filmz. Lady Moet Beast has set a lot of trends from green dreadlocks to hardcore femcees in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

Cedar Danger Block (they/them) is currently a grad student of English literature, usually focusing on trans theory, comic book studies, and medieval lit. They love finding creative ways to mix the three topics and are more excited than they should be about going back to academia.

Aditya Gautam is a writer from India who believes very much in the power of fiction beyond entertaining—for instance, in throwing people out of windows. Among the many things he loves in this world are roasted peanuts, the sound of rain, thick books, toy trains, and weak sunlight. 
His short stories and poems have been published in Singapore, the USA, and the UK.  A speculative short story by him was included in the Best Asian Fiction Anthology, 2018 by Kitaab, Singapore. Most recently, he has been published in the June 2020 issue of The Bombay Review. 
His debut novel, A Dream of Duplicity, will also be published sometime later this year.




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ATLAS: vol. 1 Austin, TX– Not Just Mean, Texas Mean

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

The establishment looks quite closed, so you knock before twisting the handle, which does open the unmarked door.

“Why the hell’d you knock?” she asks, declaratively.

“I wasn’t sure you were open,” you shrug, calmly.

“Might try the door before you do that.”  She looks around the nearly empty establishment.  “There’s room at the bar.  What you want?”

You proceed to make friends over two Witherspoon– a Texas-style bourbon– neat, talking about her damn dog, the politicians she hates most, how her mamma shot a man in the hip, the ending of “Buch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”





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ATLAS: vol. 1 Austin, TX–Not Just Nice, Texas Nice

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020


The Continental Club is recommended for live music, and, there, Rose is dancing a short of sashay.  She passes by you on the way to the bar a couple’a times, and she always smiles real nice.

She talks to you after the show, about life and love, the last musical act, where she’s from, and she continues to smile.  It’s an intimate smile– warm and inviting–  a longing smile, a smile that asks.

“You wanna meet the singer?” she asks you, “he’s prolly out back.”

They’re on a first name basis, and you three talk about pleasant, unimportant things.

Until the old singer says, “you get to over the age of 30 and you find there’s something higher out there.  But I’ll give you a piece of advice, boy.  Don’t pay it any attention.  ‘Cause when you notice it– it notices you.”

You kiss a little bit, and she agrees to meet you the next day.  She doesn’t.  But you still have her smile.






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Announcing the Winners of the 2020 !Short Story Contest!

Monday, September 7th, 2020



Never one to waste time,
the Grand-Prize Winner is:

“Upside Down” by Aditya Guatam

And the two Runners-Ups are:

“Okoloma” by Bryan Joe Okwesili

and

“Blonde Noir” by DC Diamondopolous


What a contest it has been.

With but a dozen hits shy of 13,000 visits since we announced the finalists on June 25th, that divides into 173 hits per day. On the last day of Fan Voting, alone, we had 2,160 visits

Fan Voting was more essential than ever to the results, since one of our judges dropped out. All three of our winners received the three Fan Votes– and all three of the prizes resulted in draws that had to be broken by the Fan Vote.

In just two weeks of voting, we received 5,243 Fan Votes.
You can see the Fan Voting breakdown by story, here.



How our Judges Voted:

Each Grand Prize vote counts as two Runner-up votes. Draws are decided by Fan Voting.

Glenn A. Bruce:
selected “Sore Must Be the Storm” for the Grand-Prize
as well as “The Omelet Maker” and “Upside Down” for Runner-ups.

Suvi Mahonen:
selected “Okoloma” for the Grand Prize
and “The Omelet Maker” and “Burning Monkfish” as Runner-ups.

Lady Moet Beast:
selected “Pig Meat” for the Grand Prize
as well as “Blonde Noir” and “Burning Monkfish” for Runner-ups.

And the Fan Vote:
chose “Upside Down” (with 2544 votes) for the Grand Prize
and “Okoloma” (with 1996 votes) and “Blonde Noir” (with 1948 votes) as Runner-Ups.

As you can see– this was a very close contest. There was a two-way tie for the Grand Prize, and a five way tie for the remaining Runner-up spot.

I told you to vote early and to vote often!



So keep surfing through, Lovers of Literature.

Our three annual contests conclude Labor Day (U.S.), MLK Day (U.S.) and May Day (May 3rd)– with at least two weeks of Fan Voting to precede.

Stick around for our Autumn publication lineup,
followed by the FLASH SUITE Contest
for which submission is now open!

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ATLAS: vol 1. Austin, TX–At Ranch 616, Texas-Style Icehouse

Sunday, September 6th, 2020


Weird enough for this town.

Certainly no shortage of neon at Ranch 616.  Worth notice is an air-conditioning duct turned piss-mean snake sculpture, complete with flashing neon-red tongue.  There’s an arched tin canopy over the patio, and, adjacent, a 15-foot high, neon-yellow, six-shooter sculpture.  Inside, the neon relaxes, now a dull blue emanating from a three-foot-by-five-foot Modelo beer sign.

The rib-eye is smokey and deeply flavorful, but the mashed potatoes would be better without the cheese and bacon.



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