RIVER FICTIONS

Short Stories from the upper Mississippi

Seth Eastman: Indians Traveling

Indian Pictures

HEArt Online: Human Equity Through Art August 15, 2013


Through fiction, Indian Pictures was inspired by historical events and real individuals. Second Lieutenant Seth Eastman, American renouned “soldier-artist”…

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The One Above the Bottoms

Pushcart Nomination, Prick of the Spindle Magazine, Vol. 7.1, March 2013


The river this late afternoon seemed to prove Nathan right, and the pilots, log rafters and keelboat men wrong. Mid-April already, and the channel looked smooth from up at the cabin, glistening a muddy milk-brown, silvery-blue, sunny, rosy-toned…

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Injun Joe and Princess Wenonah

Thirty-First Bird Review, Summer 2010


Crane gnawed at the skin of a dead bat, sucked the bones and fur, and Tom and Huck shouted outside the door, and Crane did not know if the boys were real, beguiling him…

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Eden Never Heard

Wilde Literary Journal Fall 2013


I arrived in St. Louis on a steamboat, determined to winter at an inn and find passage up the Missouri in spring and wholesale goods to settlements that were booming on the way to Oregon country. But the same afternoon…

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My Fancy and Fuss

Magazine of History and Fiction Issue 4 December 2019


The fog swallowed the Mississippi thick as a forge’s smoke, and silent as the slither of the serpent that led me to my fancy and fuss—Spirit Moon, Chief Rattling Wind’s daughter. One moment the river yawned before us, a trail of blue-gold sunlight calling me to the fur post I was to open one-hundred miles upriver…

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River Sun Warblers

Pushcart Nomination: American Athenaeum, Front Porch Edition Spring 2013


The animals and birds danced inside the core of the Earth, scorching their feet on hot crusty rock, thirsting, chanting in the dark. They rested, and Thrasher heard the sea seep from the rim way above. He sang the song of two tiny warblers, those we call the prothonotaries today…

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