Tales from Two Cities: Pennsylvania’s Tyler James Russell and Baltimore's Rosalia Scalia
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Sometimes when we try to connect with others—even loved ones—we miss. Pennsylvania-based Tyler James Russell and Baltimore, Maryland-based Rosalia Scalia explore the myriad of ways relationships can detach and connect, wound and heal, in the most ordinary—and extraordinary—circumstances, in readings from their respective fiction works When Fire Splits the Sky and Stumbling Toward Grace. Both are published by Unsolicited Press.
Tyler James Russell is the author of To Drown a Man (2020), a poetry collection, and When Fire Splits the Sky (2022), a novel, both from Unsolicited Press. He works as an educator and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Cat and their children. His writing has been nominated for the Rhysling and Best of the Net, and has appeared or is forthcoming in F(r)iction, Janus Literary, the NonBinary Review, and Sepia, among others. You can find him at Tylerjamesrussell.com, or on Twitter at @TJamesRussell.
Rosalia Scalia's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Oklahoma Review, North Atlantic Review, Notre Dame Review, The Portland Review, and Quercus Review, among many others. She holds an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University and is a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist's Award recipient. She won the Editor's Select award from Willow Review and her short story in Pebble Lake was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Baltimore with her family. www.RosaliaScalia.com
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