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Carryout: Fiction by Daniel C. Bartlett
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Happy Hour at the Grown Folks Bar: Fiction by Pamela Ebel
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Nobody Puts Liza in the Closet: Fiction by Hillary Lyon
No Going Back: Fiction by Ken Luer
Thanks for the Help: Fiction by Roy Dorman
Cook Moves On: Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Strickland's Last Day: Fiction by Paul Beckman
I Like Gorillas: Fiction by William Kitcher
The Hard Man: Fiction by Lester L. Weil
How I Shot My First Husband: Flash Fiction by Brad Rose
Alive Another Day: Flash Fiction by KJ Hannah Greenberg
The Monster of Hinchley: Flash Fiction by Michael D. Davis
Two Down: Flash Fiction by Joe Surkiewicz
Waiting Room: Flash Fiction by Cathi Stoler
"68": Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Bobbie Gets Her Divorce: Flash Fiction by Robb White
Murder by the Numbers: Poem by Robert Jeschonek
A Pinch Point: Poem by Janna Rollins
Now I'm 64: Poem by Di Schmitt
Hard Work Damned on the Road to Extinction: Poem by Richelle Lee Slota
The Lonely Planet Guide to Death: Poem by Richelle Lee Slota
my mind: Poem by Meg Baird
the non: Poem by Meg Baird
giant cottonwood tree: Poem by Judith Nielsen
great orange orb: Poem by Judith Nielsen
and they are prancing: Poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
crows in our hayloft: Poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
spring kicks off its boots: Poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
Necessity: Poem by Richard LeDue
A Reason to Put the Rent Up: Poem by Richard LeDue
Giving Up on Hope: Poem by Richard LeDue
Abstract Art: Poem by John C. Mannone
The Apartment Building: Poem by John C. Mannone
Disinfected: Poem by John C. Mannone
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Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
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Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Editor's Page for August, 2022

Photo Courtesy Tina Malave Rose 2022

Editor’s Page for Yellow Mama Issue #93 – Aug. 15, 2022


Update: Sept. 8, 2022—We are all deeply sorry about the death of Queen Elizabeth. Our prayers and thoughts are with our UK writers, artists, and readers. We especially remember how, a few days after 9/11/2001, she had her elite Coldstream Guards band play the U.S. national anthem at the changing of the guard to show solidarity. Thank you, Your Majesty! We will miss you."

Happy summer, you guys!

And it’s definitely summer, at least here in the States. On top of the Covid pandemic, and mass shootings, we had a widespread heat wave. Even our friends in the UK suffered through it. Who knew so many were without A/C? Some people can die without A/C. Well, we’re all in this together.

At Yellow Mama, we still publish fiction and poetry to distract you from real-life horrors.

As always, this issue features top-notch noir. Ken Luer’s antihero realizes there’s “No Going Back” to the good ol’ days before the joint. In Paul Beckman’s “Strickland’s Last Day,” an ex-con’s first day loose gets him into deeper shit. Daniel C. Bartlett’s “Carryout” focuses on an abused wife seeking the protection of a grocery store delivery guy. And in Pamela Ebel’s “Happy Hour at the Grown Folks’ Bar,” a different battered wife decides DIY is the way to go.

This issue also features stories so strange, it’s like a preview of our Halloween issue (# 94)! “Blocks,” by the late Mark Jabaut, gives us three trapped strangers, forced to stick blocks in the same three holes in a wall . . . in shifts! In “Cook Moves On,” Kenneth James Crist’s time-traveling cowboy battles gangstas, as well as Indian braves. While trying to read “A Good Book,” Robert Pettus’s narrator sees a monster throw gutter cleaners off the roof!

Other fine stories include KJ Hannah Greenberg’s poignant “Alive Another Day” and Michael D. Davis’s bigger-than-life “The Monster of Hinchley.” And if you love poker, then Bill Kitcher’s “I Like Gorillas” is for you.

Our poetry lineup features three more gritty noirs by John C. Mannone, and powerful poems by two of YM’s newcomers: Richelle Lee Slota and Robert Jeschonek, Also included are works from the amazing Meg Baird, the Nielsens (ayaz daryl and Judith!), and others.

Full-length and flash fiction stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, Lonni Lees, Hillary Lyon, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Steve Cartwright, Ann Marie Rhiel, Michael D. Davis, Bernice Holtzman, Sophia Wiseman-Rose, Henry Stanton, Wayne F. Burke, John Sowder, Jack Real, and our newest artist: poet John C. Mannone!

And special thanks to Bernice Holtzman for her “chilling” summer cover!

If you want to submit full-length fiction, flash fiction, or poetry, check out our guidelines page.

Also, please sign our guestbook! If you have comments about Yellow Mama or any stories, poems, or artwork that we run, you may leave comments there.

And check out our revised Archives and Archives II, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers that you might’ve missed.

Most of all, thanks for reading!

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