Liz Axelrod

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Have a NYC 3: New York Short Stories

Edited by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges

Have A NYC 3: The Legend Continues

New York short stories like you’ve never seen before, featuring work by famed crime writer Lawrence Block, Serbian writer and translator Nina Zivancevic and writer/editor Liz Axelrod

Riveting tales of the underbelly of modern-day New York City hook-up with hilarious and poignant stories of love and loss in Have A NYC 3 an annual collection of engaging short stories. This edition, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, includes eighteen urban tales that merge familiar landscapes with a plethora of unusual characters, ready for a thrill–or a kill!–as they pass through the streets and homes of New York City’s ever-vibrant boroughs. Authors in this edtion include acclaimed crime writer Lawrence Block (Eight Million Ways to Die, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Hit Me), along with Liz Axelrod, Gil Fagiani, Bonny Finberg, Michael Gatlin, Kirpal Gordon, Ron Kolm, Peter Marra, J. Anthony Roman, Angela Sloan, Paul Sohar, Chera Thompson, Richard Vetere, Nina Zivancevic and Joanie Hieger Zosike, along with new stories by editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. The stories explore dark corners or bright passages, and each serves to redefine an aspect of The City, in thrilling and provocative ways.

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Holly’s had enough
She sighs and arches closer
to the doorway

Her berries no longer speak
of gifts and glamour
She’s just a mess of red
Spiked leaves aholly snownd branches
weighted down with white.

Destroy these days of isolation
Skinny months of streaming nonsense
and fighting traffic snarls
on my Netflix que

Honeyed teas might sooth
but I want ice-picks
muscles pounding hard

Scrape my windshield
Burn my frozen doors
Wipe the bloody needles
buried under Holly’s feet.