Pen in Hand

Letter From the Editor

Letter from the Editor Pen in Hand, January 2016 Dear Members, Happy New Year! Welcome to first edition of Maryland Writers’ Association online literary and art publication! I could not be more excited to serve as Editor in Chief. Creating this magazine, reading the submissions, and putting together the very first online magazine was a thrilling […]

Letter from the President

A Letter from the President   January 25, 2016 Lalita Noronha, PhD President, Maryland Writer’s Association Dear MWA Members: Please join me in welcoming Kirsten (Kit) O’Neill to the Maryland Writers’ Association Board, where she will serve as the editor of Pen In Hand. This publication has been on hiatus for many months, and it […]

Flash Fiction, Explained

Flash Fiction, Explained Kit O’Neill Flash. Micro. Sudden . Lightning.  Nano. Short-short. Super-short. 6. 55. 140. 700. 1000. 1500. 2000. The terms and numbers above are commonly used to define- and debate- the super short story. Flash fiction is neither new nor emerging; it is an older form of writing (think Aesop’s Fables) that lends itself […]

An Interview with Rafael Alvarez

Interview with Rafael Alvarez Kit O’Neill Rafael Alvarez  is judicating the Short Prose Category for the 2015/2016 Maryland Writers’ Association Writing Contest.  He graciously agreed to a question and answer session with Pen in Hand’s editor, Kirsten (Kit) O’Neill. Q&A: Rafael Alvarez What inspires your writing? Being alive. Watching the breeze rustle the leaves of […]

An Interview with Jason Tinney

Interview with Jason Tinney Kit O’Neill Jason Tinney  is judicating the Poetry Category for the 2015/2016 Maryland Writers’ Association Writing Contest.  He graciously agreed to a question and answer session with Pen in Hand’s editor, Kirsten (Kit) O’Neill. Q&A: Jason Tinney What inspires your writing? Characters and simply trying to tell a story to someone […]

The Boy with the Laughing Smile

THE BOY WITH THE LAUGHING SMILE  Frances Altman   He is bluff and bluster and arrogance too, The boy with the laughing smile. He is cocky and clever, Yet in his eyes are the hidden softness of blue, blue skies. He’ll give you a growl, or a shrug or stare, But he’s not really such […]

Resolution

Resolution Richard Baldwin Cook   “There’s a spot of blood on the floor,” she said. “It’s from one of the dogs.” “There’s also a spot of blood in the dog’s bed,” she said. Flashing on an expensive trip to the vet, on the four dog graves we already have in our woods, gathered in by […]