3rd Sundays at The Hearthside Readers and Writers Series

Let me say first – I absolutely adore spending my Sunday afternoons at Fiddler’s Hearth for The Hearthside Readers and Writers Series. I only wish that the Series took place every Sunday, rather than the third Sunday of every month.

Yesterday, I took a leap.

When Clayton introduced me as “a poet who is always a pleasure,” I swelled with the usual vein of recognition and excitement to be a part of this. . .well, family. . .and, this time, felt the twinge of nervous anticipation.

I was going to read a sort of fiction.

Th-is hybrid of mine. . . I’m gonna let it shine. . .


[insert some creepy Stephen King ism here?]


I approached the front, skin shaking, with these printed copies in my hands:

“Unlike This Bed of Soft Tendrils” (on other blog)
“‘And in the Morning, There is Wind.’”
“She dreamt best with her pillow turned inside-out, the forced white moon.”
“Then the woman says to the [GIRL], ‘You’re next,’ when the script says [THERAPIST].”
“Read This Once You Need to Know More About the [GIRL].”
An Untitled Piece, as of yet (not posted here yet)

Let’s just say…I fell in love with my characters in the moment that I read the pieces of story out loud. Something about all the pieces flowed together – surely in a way I understood better than my listeners, since I started filing in more blanks – just worked for me…

I have a feeling that something beautiful is going to happen with all this, as October and November progress.


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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