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Synopsis: 15 Views Vol. II: Corridor further explores the literary side of Orlando with 15 linked stories, told by 15 authors, and set in 15 distinct locales. This volume also includes 15 more authors, writing linked stories set in the Tampa Bay area. The result is a literary portrait of both cities. The Orlando thread delves into a city plagued with violence and the large cast of characters who feel its effects, with stories weaving their way from the outskirts of Oviedo, down the Greenway Trail and into downtown’s Orange Avenue as the bars let out. The Tampa thread sprawls across the entire bay area to form a quirky tale involving Albanian myths, local history, an assassin, corgis, and a mysterious black plane.
The subtitle of this volume, “Corridor,” comes from the name given to the stretch of interstate connecting the two cities–the I-4 Corridor–which is often highlighted in the national media as a political battleground, but is better known to the authors in this collection as a commuter’s nightmare. The book also contains 30 black-and-white illustrations (originally paper cuts) by Orlando artist Lesley Silvia. Silvia also designed the book cover to be double-sided, so that when readers finish with one city, they can flip the book over to begin the next.
Burrow Press’ 15 Views of Orlando Series, a literary collaboration in which one author sets the story in motion, and the fourteen authors that follow must (1) set their stories in a new location within the city, and (2) link their story to one of the previous by something as concrete as a character, or as abstract as a metaphor.
Nathan Holic is the author of the novels American Fraternity Man and The Things I Don’t See. He is the Graphic Narrative editor for the Florida Review, and the editor of Burrow Press’ 15 Views Series.
John Henry Fleming is the author of The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel, and Fearsome Creatures of Florida, a literary bestiary, and The Book I Will Write, a serial novel-in-emails. His short stories have appeared in journals such as McSweeney’s, the North American Review, Mississippi Review, Fourteen Hills, and Carve, and have been anthologized in 100% Pure Florida Fiction and in The Future Dictionary of America. His awards include a Literature Fellowship from the State of Florida. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and is the founding editor of Saw Palm: florida literature and art.
Orlando Contributors: Susan Hubbard, Robert Venditti & James Long, Jana Waring, Teege Braune, Ed Bull, Martha Marinara, Vance Voyles, Susan Lilley, Susan Fallows, Pat Rushin, Jaroslav Kalfar, Sarah Prevatt, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Laura van den Berg, David James Poissant and Dan Folgar & Chris Wiewiora.
Tampa Contributors: Jeff Parker, Peter Meinke, Tammar Stein, Leslie Salas, Alicia Thompson, Jay Hopler, Karen Brown, Gianna Russo, Ira Sukrungruang, Katherine Riegel, Enid Shomer, Darrell Nicholson, Hunt Hawkins, Mary Jo Melone and Rita Ciresi