Moved By The Spirit

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Out of Dust

By Joanna Michal Hoyt Originally published in On Loss, June 2019 Translations from the journal of Cristina Fuentes: April 7, 1954             My name is Cristina Guadalupe Fuentes Espinosa. I am ten years old. In this book I will write the story of my adventures with my papi in El Norte, where we are going tomorrow. We don’t have money for me to go to school here, and in El Norte they will not let…

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By Joanna Michal Hoyt Alma assumed Sibyl was joking, so she forced a laugh; new in town and new at church, Alma knew she couldn’t snub someone at coffee hour. Then she saw the outrage on Sibyl’s face. “Sorry. You really mean – ?” “Don’t worry about hurting my feelings. It’s just that we’re concerned about you. Grace saw you hanging around there.  Of course you wouldn’t go in,” (her tone implied that was just…

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Come Again

by Joanna Michal Hoyt originally published in Metapsychosis, September 2018 The visitor scrapes the dirt off his broken-down shoes, steps into the gleaming entrance hall, returns the usher’s smile. Unlike the usher, he keep his lips shut—understandably, if his teeth differ from the usher’s as much as his clothes do.  The usher gestures him into the sanctuary. He stops just inside the door, staring at the banks of seats, the spotlighted stage, the screens filled…

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About Joanna and her work:

Joanna Michal Hoyt lives with her family on a Catholic Worker farm in rural northern New York State where she spends her days tending goats, gardens, and guests and her evenings reading and writing odd stories. She worships and discerns in the Quaker way and has been part of churches of various denominations, though she is now without one. Her short speculative and religious fiction has appeared in publications including Mysterion, After Dinner Conversation, and On Spec. Her novel Cracked Reflections, about conflicting understandings of faith and neighborliness in the textile strikes of 1912, will be published by Propertius Press in fall 2021.