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Local writer wins national audience

Jayson Iwen, associate professor of writing at UW–Superior, has landed a piece in Tikkun magazine. His story “Night Running,” was also a Glimmer Train “very short fiction” honorable mention.

Excerpt:

The boy was the first to find his father. He hadn’t seen him in two days. Mother and father had been fighting again the last night he saw him. While they were fighting, the boy and his little brother had started jumping on the couch, trying to push each other off. His father appeared in the doorway and told them to put on their shoes and follow him outside. It sounded exciting, so they followed him out into the snow. They were wearing only their house clothes, which made it even more exciting.

“If you’ve got so damn much energy,” their father said, “run laps around the house to burn it off.”

“Are you going to run with us?” the boy asked.

“Yeah,” said his little brother. “Run with us!”

“Ah, Jesus,” his father said and shook his head. “I suppose. Why the hell not.”

And so they started running around the perimeter of the house…

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