Community No. 38

In this week’s community, we feature works by Amanda L. Pugh and Will Clattenburg.


Amanda Pugh is an adjunct professor of communications at Jackson State Community College in Jackson TN. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, both short stories and poetry, and it’s one her favorite things to do besides drink coffee and teach. Her work has appeared in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Tennessee’s Best Emerging Poets, Our Jackson Home, Down in the Dirt, and Spilled Ink (the literary journal of Jackson State Community College).

Title: Tornado Season (memoir)
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Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year in the South… no not Christmas, but …

Tornado Season!!! (Da duh DAAA)


Genre: Nonfiction
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Journal: The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature –


Title: This Is What Its Like
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Mental health.


Buzzwords to some, real life to others…either way you hear a lot about them currently.



Genre: Nonfiction
Publication Date: November 2015
Journal: Tuck Magazine –


Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Will Clattenburg attended Yale and Long Island University, before earning an MFA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State. His writing has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Digging Through The Fat, Typishly, and Platform Review (forthcoming). He lives and teaches in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Title: Parallel Lines
First Line(s):

Long afterward, when he was a new father rocking his son to sleep in a dark one-bedroom apartment on a sloping street of poplars and a view of the barges on Upper New York Bay, after his wife had braised a whole chicken and called him to dinner and they had made love on the kitchen counter and he’d impregnated her and then watched with the cautious fascination of a new parent as she grew taut as an apple…


Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Journal: The Esthetic Apostle –


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