Richard Schwarzenberger

Straight to the Heart

For reasons perhaps best not to contemplate, flash fiction—complete stories told (or telegraphed) in just a few lines—is one of the fastest growing literary genres today. For our bi-annual writing contest issue, we asked local writers for their takes on the rapid-fire form.

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Machines of Summer

As a boy, he drove the Minneapolis Moline, a tractor that cut a crooked swath in his fields. He hated the heat, prayed for rain (except for at the baseball field where his beloved A’s played) and kept contemplating mortality.

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Faces of the East Bay