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    Dvorah Telushkin

    Dvorah Telushkin during the years 1975 to 1988 worked as a personal assistant, editor, and translator for Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Yiddish writer who won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature.  Her translations appeared in The New Yorker, and in collections of Mr. Singer’s stories published by Farrar Straus and Giroux.  Ms. Telushkin has had a side career as a storyteller and performer of Jewish folklore and literature.  She draws much of the material from the classic Yiddish writers and mystics.  In 1997, she published her memoir, Master of Dreams, telling the story of her twelve-year apprenticeship with Mr. Singer.  The book received wide critical attention, including a review in The New York Times.  The Weekly Standard called the book “a fully realized portrait of a writer… a reminder that the author’s life was as fascinating as his best fiction.”  Master of Dreams was released in paperback, and has also been published in a Hungarian translation.  Dvorah is currently completing her first novel, The Cry of the Loon. In addition, she has recently completed a one-woman show, “In Search of the Perfect Pocketbook,” which is currently being launched.  A pocketbook she designed, which is trademarked “Bag N’ Bag accompanies the show.  In 2009, she signed up for part time courses at the JTS Cantorial School, and also for classes in chaplaincy.  In 2013, she published in the poetry journals, The Light Ekphrastic, Literary Juice, and Orion Headless.  She lives in New York City with her husband Joseph Telushkin, where they raised their four children.

    Philippe Desruisseaux

    Philippe Desruisseaux is a twenty-something who has been writing fiction for about twelve years.  Mr. Desruisseaux’s parents were missionaries, and Philippe moved around a lot as a kid, from Africa to Asia and then onto North America. He has written many short stories from places all around the world, some even concerning the paranormal.  Phil has finished a novella set, which he believes is the best thing he has ever done.  In his free time, he practices MMA (mixed martial arts) at a local gym; draws, and mostly writes.  Mr. Desruisseaux likes to use metaphors for lessons he has learned, as well as from spiritual cultures from around the world that agree with his personal spiritual views because that’s the only reason he believes that he is on Earth for.  As far as his story in this issue, Phil states, “The story is set in rural suburbia establishing a sense of peace and calm with the reader with a brief but powerful description. Mike, the protagonist, in contrast has a nasty black eye. He encounters Archibald who is brash in a friendly sort of way, and tries unabashedly to gain Mike’s friendship for no apparent reason.  Archibald engages Mike in brief, semi-nihilistic philosophy and catches his attention with outlandish personal remarks. They get on a bus to go to Mike’s home and Archibald exchanges knowing glances with people, and it appears he is well-known throughout the town. The story takes a turn for the strange when Archibald asks Mike if he can follow him home.  “An Adventure with Archibald” is an allegory for the knowledge of good and evil utilizing Iceberg Theory. Archibald’s wacky endeavors and personality serve as a distraction for the forces behind the scenes, and will entertain the reader happily until it darkly surprises.

    Merlyn Fuller

    Merlyn Fuller is a Central New York artist, musician and seeker of wisdom and knowledge. She has been writing since she found crayons; along the way she stumbled onto pens and keyboards and hasn’t stopped since. Merlyn wants to document life, love, fantasy, spirituality, and make a difference for good in this world. It has been said that as a writer, she is a cross between Erma Bombeck and Flannery O’ Connor. She says, “Thank you for the compliment,” but she feels her writing is ‘somewhere in between Beatrix Potter and Janis Joplin and that would suffice!’ You never know what she will expound on, blog or pen, but there is always some new twist that emerges: entertaining, funny, profound, frightening or spiritual! Her memoir Fairy Tales & Horror Stories was nominated for the Central New York Book Awards right out of the gate and “Tales” was her first book. Her stories come from real life experiences and happenings.  Merlyn’s fantasy tales are from her intricate imagination which is still brewing in her childlike mind. Her poetry comes from her Bardic spirit and all are blended with a Crone’s experience and a Healer’s touch. Merlyn is also a professional musician in the 20 year duo “Merry Mischief” with her mate “Harry.” Together they perform in many venues from Renaissance faires, schools, churches, libraries and festivals throughout the eastern seaboard from NYS to FL. You can find out more about her at their website: www.MerryMischief.net.

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