"Storylandia, Issue 34" short stories by David Meischen
David Meischen | Texas/New Mexico
A featured poet at the Comfort Quarterly Poetry Event, Fall 2021
Storylandia Issue 34 | The Wapshott Journal of Fiction
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN HERE AND ELSEWHERE: THREE STORIES
by David Meischen
Nopalito, Texas–1965, 1985, 2005. An aging liquor store proprietor faces the confines of small-town Texas life 5,000 miles from the one place that offered happiness. A young man evades attraction to his charismatic but erratic cousin. An elderly widower is beset by visits from the dead in the aftermath of a near-fatal heart attack. Albert, Dusty, Berndt–each one faces a wordless question: how to live with an impossibility that cannot be changed.
David Meischen is a Pushcart honoree, with a personal essay in Pushcart Prize XLII. His first collection of poems, Anyone’s Son, is winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL). A native of rural South Texas and a lifelong storyteller, David has twice received the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story from TIL, most recently for “Crossing at the Light,” lead story in The Distance Between Here and Elsewhere: Three Stories (Storylandia, Summer 2020). He and husband Scott Wiggerman are co-founders of Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the Texas Poetry Calendar for thirteen years. Residents of Austin, Texas for more than thirty years, David and Scott currently make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cover image: "Varying Horsepower" by Paul Licce
Paperback: 120 pages
Publication Date: Summer 2020
Product Dimensions: 9" H x 6" W