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Dog in the Night

In every story’s evening and every novel’s night there is only the one bark, by one dog, alone in the night. Tell me: where is this dog that barks in the night? The dog that races from story to story, lopes from novel to novel, streaks into flash. The dog whose bark never disrupts a …

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Creating Community: An Interview with Esperanza Cintrón

MQR’s Online Series, “Celebrating Writers in Our Community,” is inspired by our upcoming special-themed issue, “Why We Write.” The series of interviews is a celebration of the diversity of Southeast Michigan writers, their talents, their motivations for writing, and their significance to our community.  Esperanza Cintrón is the author of Shades, Detroit Love Stories, a …

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Behind You Is the Sea

When I walk out of the store empty-handed, the old man gives me a gummy smile. As I
drive down the street towards Guilford, I know there won’t be a drive-thru. This is not a value
menu kind of neighborhood. I’ll prepare better tomorrow, after I survive today.

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