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Brother Bill Leaves the Narrow Path by Dan Leach Brother Bill Leaves the Narrow Path by Dan Leach, October 20, 2014

In the church that you grew up in, men who hated liberals and queers spoke in God's voice. They taught you about the world, scaring holiness into your bones and stuffing your dreams with sulfur. You imagined your friends on fire and wondered what eternity was like. They screamed down the truth in King James English and asked for your Amen. You gave it to them.

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Issue Forty-Five Issue Forty-Five (September 22, 2014): The Bird Inside You by Jacob Aiello «» Tanglewood by Gania Barlow «» Here, Hereafter by Michael Patrick Brady «» The Sleeping of the Stones or Mae and Her White Teeth by Cameron Brindise «» The Bundles by E.S. Bumas «» How Many Lives by Cedrix E. Clarke «» Susquehanna's Blessing by C.A. Cole «» Photographs by Mark Derks «» First Story by Simon Han «» The Horrors by Joseph Lucido «» The Part You Throw Away by Erin Lyndal Martin «» There's Something by Christopher McCann «» How to Float by Roblin Meeks «» The Age of Discovery by Jason Peck «» Any Other Name by Nick Sansone «» Dispatches from the Interior by David Scrivner «» A Question of Balance by Margot Taylor «» A Girl Walks Into a Page by Laura Maylene Walter «» For Cubby by Chris Wells «» Underbutton by Melissa Yancy «» Interviews: Jacob Aiello «» Gania Barlow «» Michael Patrick Brady «» Cameron Brindise «» E.S. Bumas «» Cedrix E. Clarke «» C.A. Cole «» Mark Derks «» Simon Han «» Joseph Lucido «» Erin Lyndal Martin «» Christopher McCann «» Roblin Meeks «» Jason Peck «» Nick Sansone «» David Scrivner «» Margot Taylor «» Laura Maylene Walter «» Chris Wells «» Melissa Yancy «» Cover Art by Monica Mulder «» Letter From the Editor

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Jacinda Townsend Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey (W.W. Norton, 2014). A native of Southcentral Kentucky, she is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has also published nonfiction and short fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with two beautiful children, and is currently working on a novel set in Morocco. She will read stories submitted to SmokeLong October 20-26.

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