Modern Grimmoire by Mona Awad

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Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm—better known as The Brothers Grimm—published their collection to ensure that the various German fables, tales and folklore of their age and before would not die out. Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore is a literary anthology in the Grimm persuasion.

Awaiting you inside are the collected works of thirty-six emerging authors and artists from around the world. Through short fiction, poetry and artwork, you’ll meet a talking cat-girl and a girl that talks to cats; librarians like you’ve never imagined and royalty like you always have; an ex-court painter, an all too persuasive frog, and an out-of-work wolfman.

Some twist and twine their happily-ever-after predecessors in inventive ways; others craft entirely new magical faces and places. All collected, the anthology is ripe with sticky sweet revenge, altogether timely fates, and all-conquering (and conquesting) love.

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Michael Harris Cohen (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) is the recipient of the Modern Grimmoire literary prize. He is a graduate of the MFA in creative writing program at Brown University. His writing has appeared in The Virgin Fiction anthology, Conjunctions (online), The Land Grant College Review, and several other fine journals. He is the winner of Mixer Publishing's "Sex, Violence and Satire" contest (2012), and his debut collection, The Eyes--A Novella and other stories, is due out in 2013 from Mixer. He is the recipient of a Fulbright research grant to translate Bulgarian folk and fairy tales, as well as residencies at the Djerassi Foundation, Jentel Artist Residency, and The Blue Mountain Center. He teaches creative writing and literature at the American University in Bulgaria. Mandy Altimus Pond (Massillon, OH) is the recipient of the Modern Grimmoire artistic prize. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in history, summa cum laude with honors. Her photographs have been seen across Ohio and Michigan. Her photograph, "Waiting," was the first place commercial winner in the 2011 Joseph Saxton Gallery's Luminaries Competition, in Canton, Ohio. She is currently working on A Long Time Ago, a photographic series featuring the fairy tales of "Snow White," "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty." Pond works as the archivist for the Massillon Museum. In her spare time, she enjoys performing with the improv comedy troupe Scared Scriptless, and the choral organization Voices of Canton. Mona Awad received a MFA in fiction from Brown University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing and English literature at the University of Denver. Her work has appeared in several journals including McSweeney's, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, and St. Petersburg Review. Her first novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was published in 2016. Catee Baugh (Alexandria, VA) recently won the Mark Carver Poetry Award and received an honorable mention for the Virginia Downs Poetry Award. Her work has been published in ArLiJo. She received her bachelor's degree in creative writing and literature from Eckerd College, and is in her final semester of the MFA program in creative writing at George Mason University. Tim Belden (Canton, OH) has a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from Cornell University. He currently runs the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography and Tuscora Realty in the downtown Canton arts district. Danielle Bellone (Austin, TX) is a storyteller, fabulist and word-shaker from the Gulf South. She holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University, and is finishing an MA in storytelling from East Tennessee State University. Her debut storytelling album, Moon-Eyed Sister, was released in October 2012. Her poetry and stories have won slams in Asheville, NC, and Johnson City, TN. She has been called "a hurricane of joyful absurdity," as well as "lexidrunk," which is to say, completely inebriated on sheer love of language. She currently resides in the strange hills of Austin, TX, with her equally strange ewok-dog, Sufjan. Amanda Block (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) is a writer, ghostwriter and literary consultant. In 2008, she completed her master's degree in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh, for which she was awarded a distinction. She now divides her time between her freelance work and her own creative writing. Block has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Waterstone's Bookseller's Bursary Award and the Chapter One Promotions Short Story Competition. She is currently working on a collection of fairy tale-inspired short stories and is thinking about getting back to her half-finished novel. Angela Buck (Denver, CO) is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver. Her stories have appeared in Western Humanities Review and Mid-American Review. Originally from England, Simon P. Clark (Old Bridge, NJ) graduated with a bachelor's degree with honors in English literature from Bristol University before moving to Japan to teach for three years. From there he moved to New Jersey, where he works as a writer and children's author. His children's novels are represented in the United States and United Kingdom by The Bent Agency. Paul Crenshaw (Greensboro, NC) teaches writing and literature at Elon University. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays 2005 and 2011, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, and numerous literary journals, including Weird Tales, Shenandoah, North American Review and Southern Humanities Review. Kimberly Duede (Chicago, IL) graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a major in English and minors in creative writing and Asian studies. "Through the Diamond Blues" is her first published work. She plans on publishing original novels--fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror--on the Amazon Kindle. Finding inspiration at dusk, Steven Ehret (Massillon, OH) paints panels filled with phantasmal creatures and landscapes. His obscure scenes and psyches bob between terror and hilarity, influenced by abstract realms of experiences. His uninhibited characters roam old vacant buildings and decaying structures reminiscent of his hometown, exposing pleasures and misfortunes in the twilight. Starting to paint only several years ago, Ehret has quickly built his credentials within the art community by exhibiting his work in Cleveland, Akron, San Francisco, and at both the Canton Museum of Art and Massillon Art Museum. Danielle Fontaine (Jarrell, TX) has recently received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her poems have earned honorable mentions in writing competitions for both Writer's Digest and The Academy of American Poets. Her work has also appeared on NPR's "Here and Now" website as well as in Prick of the Spindle, Front Range, Juked Poetry, and others. J. M. R. Harrison (Harpers Ferry, WV) trained and worked in a scientific field for thirteen years, but then returned to her first love and avocation: poetry. She has studied at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, and through the brief residency program of Spalding University. She is currently the guest poetry host for the "Winners and Losers" radio show on 89.7 WSHC. Her poems have been published in Antietam Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, the Anthology of Appalachian Writers Vol. II, Wild Sweet Notes II and others. Joyce Winters Henderson (Memphis, TN) presently teaches English at Lemoyne Owen College. Her stories have appeared in various journals, including Magnolia: A Journal of Women's Socially Engaged Fiction, Calyx, and Folio. She's published Ayo is For Endurance, a book of poetry funded through a grant from the Fulton County Arts Commission, and has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journal Award. Currently, she's working on two novel manuscripts, Seedtime and The Original Norris Family Kwanzaa. John Kiste (New Philadelphia, OH) is the executive director of the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors' Bureau. He is a graduate of Malone University and Kent State University, and also attended Yale and the University of Akron. Kiste has taught business, mathematics and purchasing courses at Kent State. He serves as president of the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors' Bureaus. For the past five years, he has portrayed Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man show at the Warehouse of Usher in Canal Fulton, Ohio. David Kolinski-Schultz (Canton, OH) has a diverse background, including work in music, theatre, technology, and martial arts. His first literary endeavors were in theatre. In 2009, Kolinski-Schultz wrote Broadway & the Tonys©, a tribute to Tony Award-winning shows. "The Music Box" is his first venture into short fiction, but other fantasy and science fiction stories are underway. He has degrees from Stark State College and Excelsior College, holds twenty-seven patents, is a certified martial arts instructor, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 111. Maude Larke (Dijon, France) has come back to her own writing after working in the American, English and French university systems, analyzing others' texts and films. She has also returned to the classical music world as an ardent amateur after fifteen years of piano and voice in her youth. Winner of the 2011 PhatSalmon Poetry Prize and the 2012 Swale Life Poetry Competition, she has been published in Oberon, Naugatuck River Review, Cyclamens and Swords, riverbabble, Doorknobs and BodyPaint, Mslexia, Cliterature, and Short, Fast, and Deadly, among others. Clayton Lister (Hexham, Northumberland, England) has a master's degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. "The Black Widow" is from the collection The Cracked Objective Lens. Other stories from the collection appear online at The Squawk Back and 5 Minute Fiction. In physical form, they have been published in the Thames River Press anthology Pangea, Park Publications's Scribble magazine, and Countryside Tales magazine. Carlos F. Mason Wehby (South Hadley, MA) studies creative writing through the MFA program at Goddard College. His writing has been influenced by the works of Ursula K. Le Guin, Herman Hesse, and Michael Ende. While his early writing explores poetry, songwriting and theater, Mason Wehby has come to embrace prose as the means for grounding the transformative power of narrative. His works have been published in Calico Tiger and Porch magazines. He has shared his music through the Sarasota Folk Festival and the Animal Tracks! children's album. Colleen Michaels (Beverly, MA) directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, where she hosts The Improbable Places Poetry Tour. Her poetry has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg, Stoneboat, Constellations, Paper Nautilus, and the anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage. She was a 2010 finalist for the Split This Rock Poetry Competition and the recipient of an honorable mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. Erin T. Mulligan (Canton, OH) is a fine oil painter. She learned her skill from many different people, including her Mom, Grandma, and oil painting master Frank Dale. Her work is inspired by a fascination with living things: plants, animals, and human life; physically and philosophically. Mulligan was recently awarded best in show at The Great Lakes Art Fair in Novi, MI, and at the Mill Valley Fall Art Festival in Mill Valley, CA. She was awarded second place at the Plein Air Paint Out in 2011, and best in show in 2012. Her oil painting, Hatching, took the second place award at a Show of Heads in Hudson, NY, in October 2011. She has previously been recognized as a signature member of the Akron Society of Artists. Once upon a time, Jason Daniel Myers (Bath, OH) left home to seek his fortune, and instead found his happily ever after. Her name is Alexandra. He did not promise his first-born to a witch or a strange nameless gnome. Though he might wish to destroy all the spindles in the world for his daughter Jadzia, he realizes that to do so would be foolish. Aside from Jadzia, his greatest accomplishments include making clothing for members of the royal family, killing seven with a single blow, and learning how to shudder. He currently resides under your bed, collecting the dreams that fall from your mind like breadcrumbs. Joann Oh (Colorado Springs, CO) has lived in Indonesia and the United States with a brief stint in Australia. She studied visual art and TESOL at Biola University, and now lives in Malaysia as an assistant English teacher with Fulbright U.S. Student Programs. This is her first publication. Elodie Olson-Coons (Rodemack, France) studied English literature at Magdalene College Cambridge, and creative writing at the University of Edinburgh. She is variously attached to the U.S., France, and Britain--by blood, soil and strong Earl Grey, respectively. Her words have appeared in The Literateur, McSweeney's, The Hill, filling Station, The Dial, and Work in Prowess, and will soon appear in Paper Darts. Julia Patt (Chestertown, MD) is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she was a fiction editor for The Greensboro Review. Her young adult novels--i was a fourth grade zombie slayer and Through Waterless Places--were both shortlisted for Mslexia's 2012 Children's Novel Competition, and her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Surreal South '11, Stymie, and PANK. She currently lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore, works in Annapolis, and attends the Graduate Institute at St. John's College. Ariana Quinonez (Bakersfield, CA) graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, with a bachelor's in English. While at LMU, she traveled to six different continents and studied abroad in Madrid and London, where she was an intern at the Writer's Guild of Great Britain. She has been published in the journals Attic Salt, LA Miscellany, and La Voz, and won the Denise L. Scott Memorial Poetry Contest in 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys playing mariachi music, reading Game of Thrones, watching telenovelas with her grandma and kung fu fighting. Tay Sanchez (Cary, NC) received an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Expression, Carolina Woman, and The Acentos Review. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and children. Sarah Elizabeth Schantz (Boulder, CO) has a bachelor's degree in writing and literature, and an MFA in writing and poetics. In 2011, she won a fiction contest hosted by Third Coast; in 2012 she was the recipient of the Fall Orlando Prize in Short Fiction hosted by the A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is a Pushcart nominee and has a story forthcoming in the next anthology of New Stories from the Midwest. She just finished her first novel, The Calendar of Ordeals, which uses fairy tales to express a world undone by mental illness, and is now working on her second, Roadside Altars. Schantz's work has appeared (or will appear) in The Adirondack Review, Alligator Juniper, Bombay Gin, Midwestern Gothic, Los Angeles Review and Hunger Mountain. Her favorite fairy tale is "Little Red Riding Hood" because it's not marriage-centric. She never understood why Snow White wanted to leave the little cottage in the enchanted forest. Alex Stein (Boulder, CO) received his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver in 2007. His recent book are: The Artist As Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi (Onesuch Press); Made Up Interviews With Imaginary Artists (Ugly Duckling Presse); and Weird Emptiness: Essays and Aphorisms (Wings Press). Michael Wasteneys Stephens (Athens, GA) is an undergraduate student at the Maryland College of Art and Design in Baltimore, MD. He has been in a few exhibitions in the Baltimore area, including a MICA undergraduate exit show, showcasing the top work of all undergraduate students. This is his first publication. Cheryl Stiles (Marietta, GA) has published numerous poems, essays, and reviews in journals such as Poet Lore, The Atlanta Review, Storysouth, SLANT, Plainsongs, Red River Review, and POEM. Her work has also been included in several anthologies including Sincerely Elvis, a collection of original poems about Elvis Presley. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Stiles works as a university librarian in the Atlanta area and hopes to complete her Ph.D. at Georgia State University this year. Once upon a time, illustrator Samuel Valentino (Westwood, MA) was asked for all manner of work: digital, animation, books, character design, even storyboards. And yet, despite the absence of evil stepsisters or wicked queens as a counterfoil, he loved his work. Or so Valentino's story would read as a fairy tale, a genre he equally loves. Upcoming artwork includes a young adult fantasy and a book on Tolkien. And, to conclude in true fairy tale style, he did indeed marry his one true love, and is living happily ever after. Erin Virgil (Golden, CO) is a poet and visual artist living in an RV in northern Colorado. She holds an MFA in poetry from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in New York. Her poems have been published by Wolverine Farm Press, Open to Interpretation, Fast Forward Press, Poets for Living Waters (online), Delirious Hem (online) and in Colorado Life Magazine. She has written one little volume of poems and a comic book, both available through Jennifer Whitaker (Greensboro, NC) earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and her poems have appeared in journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, New Orleans Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review and Cave Wall. She teaches and is assistant director of the University Writing Center at UNCG. Sarah Wilson lives in Gardiner, New York.
Published May 31, 2013 by Indigo Ink Press, Inc.. 248 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction