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NEW!! Guest Authors From Confessions: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on | June 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

If you’ve been following the latest news and postings from Chrysalis Editorial, then you will be familiar with our recently published anthology Confessions: Fact or Fiction? We are very proud of the work that went into this collection of short stories and memoir, and we are certainly proud of its contributing authors.

Each week over the next few months we will feature a different author from the anthology here on our blog.  We hope you enjoy learning about these very talented people.  In addition to posting some interesting facts about the authors, we’ll also include an excerpt from each of the pieces they’ve contributed.  We invite you to get into the spirit of the anthology and try to guess whether their stories are true…or not, and tell us why.  Have fun!

Our first blog guest will be part of a group of Confessions: Fact or Fiction? authors (R. Dean Johnson, Herta B. Feely, Marian O’Shea Wernicke, and Nicole Louise Reid) who will be reading from their work at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO on June 30th at 7pm.  If any of you out there live nearby or plan to be in the area, we hope you’ll come out to support these great writers.  Visit the venue’s website at

This Week’s Featured Author:  Nicole Louise Reid

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Nicole Louise Reid is the author of the forthcoming short story collection So There!(Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2011), the novel In the Breeze of Passing Things (MacAdam/Cage, 2003), and a fiction chapbook Girls (RockSaw Press, 2009).  Winner of the 2010 Dana Award in Short Fiction and Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Competition, her stories and poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Quarterly West, Meridian, Black Warrior Review, Confrontation, Turnrow, New Orleans Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Grain.  She is also the winner of the 2001 Willamette Award in Fiction, and has also won awards from the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Short Story Competition, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Society, and Glimmer Train.  She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana.


THERE WAS A BOY, ONCE, who dove into our lake. I didn’t know him. No one did. It was years before we ever moved here. Still, he is a boy. He dove from shore, like we all know not to do, and careened into a sunken trashcan lying on its side. The board of directors still pays the lawyers and he still is a stuck boy—smashed and limp, I imagine, in his chair or bed.

Lake water is green with all the algae my father says means it’s healthy. Slimy, tangly, tickly. There’s no way to see bottom beyond the first foot from shore. There may be sunken cans everywhere. In the two weeks of enough cold—end of January and beginning February—the water freezes silver and grey: every ripple of water reluctant to freeze, every layer paints the walls of hundreds of trashcans. In winter, I swear never to swim again. In winter, I tell my brother he’s never to dive again. He doesn’t listen. He loves the row of thick pilings along the inlet wall. All summer, he climbs them, then stands straight as they do, and in one breath he’s in the air, a fairy tern finding krill. I watch his splash, smaller, smaller, until I can’t stand it anymore. Until I’m sure he’s lying smashed on the silty floor. But then finally is his surface explosion for air.


One Response to “NEW!! Guest Authors From Confessions: Fact or Fiction?”

  1. Jyotsna
    June 9th, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    I really enjoyed Nicole’s story in the anthology. I’ve enjoyed all the pieces I’ve read so far, which is saying a lot– normally with an anthology the quality is spotty, but not with this one.

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