In the Night Count the Stars

In the Night Count the Stars

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Stories and images from corners of the world both odd and familiar are represented in this unique anthology, all inspired by an exotic handful of words from Jack Micheline’s magnificent poem Tale on a Slow Moving Freight (1988). Iran, Brooklyn, Germany, Italy, New York, France, England, Africa, Ohio, California and St. Petersburg come together in this e-book that defies description, offering 121 pages that spin a luminous web across our fractured, compartmentalized world.

The stories and images thrive independently, each defining “in the night count the stars” in their own way. In addition to well-crafted short stories and a stunning photo essay of rural Russia, there is a portentous restaurant receipt; a love letter; a mantra; a redacted document; a judicial order; a crime scene photograph. Many of the contributors hail from surprising origins – a court clerk, an oral surgeon, an expat, an assisted living worker and an Italian forest worker alongside well-established authors and artists, all juxtaposed with a celebration of their rough edges. Their differences deliver rare insights, often a revelation.

A word that originates from ancient Greece, anthology literally means “flower gathering.” That may well describe what our editors have to offer curious readers – a sincere bouquet of irresistible wildflowers - something a cantankerous beat poet like Micheline would passionately approve of.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149535514
Publisher: Bittersweet Editions
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Jack Micheline’s first book River of Red Wine (with a forward by his friend Jack Kerouac) was published in 1957 by Troubadour Press.

Tony Gloeggler is a native of NYC. A full-length collection, One Wish Left (initially published by Pavement Saw Press in 2000) has gone into a second edition.

Ksenia Diodorova graduated from the St. Petersburg Polytechnical University with a concentration in graphic design.

Marcellus Hall lives in New York City and has illustrated several children’s books including Everyone Sleeps (Penguin).

James Cathcart is an architect and artist, born in Medellin, Colombia, currently living in Brooklyn, New York.

Anne Germanacos was born in San Francisco and has lived in Greece much of her life. Her short story collection, In the Time of the Girls, was published by BOA Editions.

April Larson’s writing and photography began in Seattle.

Bahar Anooshahr was born in Iran. Her essays have been published in a number of literary journals including Creative Nonfiction and Marco Polo Arts Magazine.

Colin Bell’s novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer of Love, will be published in October, 2013 (Ward Wood Publishing).

Brenda Bellinger writing has appeared in various anthologies including THEMA, Poets & Writers online and the California Writers Club Literary Review.

jdx is a writer and photojournalist documenting the art, cultural shifts and divides in downtown NYC.

Gabriel Anthony Cabrera was born and raised in Queens, New York.

Giampiero Mazzarese was born in Rome in 1965, and grew up in the suburbs.

Isaac Stone Simonelli has had fiction published in Garbanzo Literary Journal.

Jennifer Peckinpaugh is the author of the short stories Trailhead, which appeared in the 2012 Colonnade Writer’s Anthology and The Atrocities of War, which appeared in the Ragnarok E-Lit Journal in November 2012.

jillian schiavi is a Massachusetts native, currently writing, making art, and teaching yoga in Chicago.

John Lyons was born in London, England and educated at Oxford (Modern Languages.) After serving with the Royal Air Force, he worked for H.M. Government and lived in various parts of the world; Equatorial Africa, Middle East, USA.

Melissa Wiley is a freelance writer and editor.

Mike Sharlow has published several novels and short stories.

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