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Great New Writing for 15 Years; Shark Reef Winter Edition online

“As a human being, living in the world, I know it’s all a game. But what if I don’t know the rules? This is the question I am asking myself as someone flashes their high beams in my rear-view mirror.”

These are the first two lines of a short story by Greg W. Taylor in the Winter 2015 edition of Lopez Island-based SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. The story, along with additional, equally-compelling stories, essays, poems, and visual art, is online now at sharkreef.org.

As with the past six editions, SHARK REEF editor and co-founder, Lopezian Lorna Reese, partnered with Jeremiah O’Hagan on the prose selections. O’Hagan has returned to teaching again, part time at an alternative high school in Washington State, after writing for a local newspaper. He says being with teenagers every day thrills and terrifies him.

Poets Gayle Kaune and Richard Widerkehr chose this issue’s featured poems. Judith Connor continues on as art editor; for the summer issue, she chose work by Matthew Felix Sun. “There’s great spontaneity, emotion and depth in his work,” she said..

Kaune and Widerkehr are in their second turn on the editorial team. Kaune, from Port Townsend, is published widely in literary journals, and her poems have won numerous awards. Widerkehr, also an award-winning poet, has had two collections of poems and a novel published. He lives in Bellingham.

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