Fiction. Women's Studies. SEEDS AND OTHER STORIES is a cross-genre collection including prose poems, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and slipstream, previously published in award-winning venues in Canada, the US, and the UK. Many of the stories have an element of fantasy: witches, and magical objects, at least as concepts, occur several times. Many of the stories provide a window into the lives of marginalized youth who are almost but not quite street people, as they often find shelter even if it is no more than a campsite. The characters are lost souls, drifting, just getting by, looking for safety from sexual abuse, suffering loss, and a bit muddled by drugs and/or alcohol. Dislocations in the text match the ambiance of both fantasy and drug-induced delusions. Mothers are missing children. Young adults are trying to make family-type connections with other lost souls. Some are trying to be artists or recovering from substance abuse. These stories span decades in the author's life and include one of her earliest fiction publications, as well many experimental, speculative and literary pieces that were in prestigious publications in Canada, the US and the UK.
Ursula Pflug is the author of SEEDS AND OTHER STORIES (Inanna Publications, 2020), MOUNTAIN (Inanna Publications, 2017) MOTION SICKNESS (Inanna Publications, 2014), Green Music, The Alphabet Stones, After the Fires, Harvesting the Moon, and Down From. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared internationally in prestigious genre and literary publications for decades. Pflug has won small press awards in the U.S. from Dark Regions and Rose Secrest, and, in Canada, has been a finalist for the Aurora Award, the 3-Day Novel Contest, the Descant Novella Award, the ReLit Award, the KM Hunter Award, the Sunburst Award, and others. She is a Pushcart nominee. She lives in Norwood, Ontario.Author City: PETERBOROUGH, ON CAN