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Guest Editor’s Note

A bit more than a decade ago a small group aboard a cocktail cruise on Lake Monroe proposed a new literary journal. Setting sail on the already crowded waters of small literary publishing is an ambitious launching, and keeping afloat for a decade is no small accomplishment. In Volume I, the editors stated that they were driven by the vision of a cohesive, quality Florida journal.  In the years that followed, submissions arrived from authors far beyond Florida’s borders, quality writing being the primary criteria for selection. By the fifth year, Florida English became a 501©3, tax-exempt corporation, making the financial foundation less of a worry.  Year six brought thematically focused issues, and each following year brought more submissions, more international acclaim, and more stature to that journal that began in conversation on a boat on Lake Monroe.

It’s been my great pleasure to have submitted to this growing journal and greater pleasure to have had works accepted and read by the journal’s ever-growing audience. An even greater honor is being asked to serve as guest editor for this tenth anniversary edition. I may not be around for another decade, but I know that Florida English will continue to grow in content, in quality, and in reputation. I’m sure readers, authors, and artists all congratulate the founding and regular editorial and production staff. We are hungry for more!

William Boggs, Guest Editor

Volume 10 2012
Table of Contents

Volume 1
Volume 2

Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6

Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9

Paul David Adkins


Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire, 28 November 1942 (poem)
Winter 2011, Northern NewYork (poem)
Jacob Appel 

Shirley Jackson’s Anti-Regionalism (article)

Michael W. Cox 18 Away from Home  (fiction)

Nancy Dixon and Veronica Makowsky


Transformations: An Interview with Valerie Martin (interview)

Ron Emerick 38

Travel by Thumb: Hitchhiking in Southern Fiction (article)

Sharon Erby 49

Prose and Cons: A Writer Looks to Critics and Writers for Helpwith Unreliable Narrators                             (article)

Karen Loeb 60 Dinner at My House (poem)
Kevin McCoy

Somewhere Between Hank Williams and Beowulf (poem)

Paul Nelson 62 Canopic (poem)
Rachel Rinehart 63

Dolphins for Christmas (creative nonfiction)

Don Russ            80 Panasoffkee Nocturne (poem)

Contributors’ Notes





About the front cover: this oil on canvas by Alfred Francis King (American, 1854-1945) is titled “Still Life with Oranges” (c. 1885)
Courtesy of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Museum Purchase, 1979, SN796

Albert F. King was a popular provincial portrait specialist from Pittsburgh, PA who also created remarkable still lifes in the trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) tradition. Bright oranges spill from a crumpled paper bag: the artist may have been intrigued by the concept of the paper bag—produced by amachine invented by Charles Stillwell in 1883—and a new idea in stores when King painted this work around 1885.


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