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Cleaver-Cover-Issue-3-no-3Cleaver Magazine‘s Issue No. 3 will go live at the stroke of midnight, September 3rd. What better way to celebrate the end of summer (good-bye, Labor Day weekend!) and the start of the back-to-school season?

Our lightly-themed issue includes twelve stories relating to schools and education. (Remember, sometimes the education you get isn’t the one you signed up for.

In Bonnie Altucher’s “Bobby Fear”, 16-year-old Bridget meets “a sardonically mumbling School of Visual Arts dropout named Robert Fein” while shopping for cheap shoes in SoHo. And her life will never be the same.

In Kieran Duddy’s “Cathedral” (no, not that “Cathedral”), Ling falls asleep in a lecture on Notre Dame and tumbles into a dreamscape.

Three young brothers get a bitter education about their mom’s love life in John Oliver Hodges “My Bitter Love“.

18-year-old Julia Hogan’s story “Remnants” takes a terrifying summer night ride with her delinquent father—all for a screened-in porch.

In “Candyland” by DC Lambert, a discouraged teacher laughs when a student offers her $100 bribe. He says, “Come on. I bet it’s more than you earn all day.”

A very different teacher, a very different school: in Ashlee Paxton-Turners’s “Liney’s Sense of It“, a young teacher meditates on Sherwood Anderson, “growing into the kind of person that one must refer to as an adult, fast forcing her to become more grown up than she might have liked.”

In “Quitter Takes All” by Maggie Light, a 16-year-old thespian agonizes over bad reviews. But she can’t quite stay away from theatre.

Dan Micklethwaite’s story “The Immaculate Sadness of Peter J. Beech” contemplates the terror of losing one’s smartphone.

In Anthony Wallace’s short story “Do Not Use Quotation Marks to Indicate Irony“, a Boston University creative writing teacher struggles to teach a young student the meaning of irony. Madison didn’t say anything. But what she wanted to say was that she thought the idea of the course was that he would help her write the story she wanted to write, not take her story and do whatever he felt like doing with it.

In “The Wasps and the Queen“, by Sarah Van Name two young sisters discover a startling artifact in the woods. The woods swallows up young Alex in Benjamin Woodard’s “The Long, Green Stretch, the Tall Trees, The Clouds Shaped like Stars.”

Read them all soon, free, on Cleaver!