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The California Prose Directory
presents short fiction and non-fiction
about life in the Golden State.
This year's edition, our second,
features 30 authors
compiled and edited by
J. Ryan Stradal.
Sarah LaBrie, Associate Editor
Lindsay Merbaum, Editorial Assistant
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Wendy C. Ortiz
David L. Ulin
In paperback and
ebook October 2014
> The California Prose Directory
is an annual anthology originally
conceived and edited by Charles McLeod.
The inaugural edition is avaiilable here.
there is sun all the time
and it's never cold. . .
In 1977, the San Joaquin Valley was designated a disaster area. . .
Today's paleo eats: nothing for breakfast, nothing for lunch, nothing for dinner. . .
They spent their lives getting dragged to all my practices and games. My mom turned on KOST-FM and we all sat in silence, listening to Barry Manilow. . .
Ellen always wore her makeup slightly too bright, too happy and positive in color and emphasis, so that all it seemed to emphasize was how deeply she hated herself. . .
This was when things were better than they had been, but still bad enough. This was in Calabasas, in the five-room bungalow. . .
Selena Gomez is named after a pop star. . .
You will see a lady or gentleman perched behind a cookie sheet set over a propane burner. There will be, atop the cookie sheet and to one side, a heap of sliced onions and bell peppers cooked to perfect limpness and sweetness. . .
Hailing a cab with a bleeding six foot tall woman under your arm wasn't easy. . .
We live inside a deep vat of celebrity worship, Hollywood our own vexed Olympus. . .
"I'm at the corner of Columbus and Columbus. . ."
Let us not forget Russell Brand. . .
Harold prattled nonstop as we turned onto Fifth and Main, where the tents looked more ragged and improvised then the ready-mades in Occupy LA. . .
There is a church I like on Cochran Avenue. Little street corner church, adobe-style, like a mission in some minor key. . .
We have the highest concentrations in America of two things: traffic, and street people wracked with delusion. . .
Betti doesnt know that I liked her back when she was an underground queen of New York. . .
This establishment is The Way, or part of the way, on this unassuming stretch of Pico Boulevard. . .
Boss Li was what people called him at the electronics factory in Shenzhen, and what I called him in private, too. . .
In California the trees know things about the world human beings could never even dream.
California Prose Directory 2014:
New Writing From the Golden State
edited by J. Ryan Stradal
$18.50 paperback ISBN 9781937402686
$12 ebook ISBN 9781937402693