Excerpt from “Northeast” by Sherry Poff

Our recently-published anthology features all the winners of our 2021 Spring Writing Contest, as well as our first Monthly Contest series, which ran from September 2020 – August 2021. Sherry Poff was a winner for two of these Monthly Contests. An excerpt from her short story “Northeast” which won June, 2021’s contest for the theme Exploration is below.

Sherry Poff writes in and around Ooltewah, Tennessee. She holds an M.A. in writing from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. Her work has appeared  recently in Speckled Trout Review, Raconteur Review, Heart of Flesh, and The Chattanooga Pulse and is forthcoming in Artemis Journal and Number One.

For much of the past year, we have been trapped by an enemy we cannot see. Crowds were discouraged—even forbidden. In a time when loving my neighbor has meant staying away from my neighbor, I learned to lean more heavily on the distant view, the view of the trees across the road, the blue sky overhead where crows and the occasional hawk move about, unhampered by boundaries.

To read the full story, pick up your copy of our anthology at one of our upcoming meetings or check out Amazon, where we will have it for sale online soon!

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