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AngelCheck out today’s featured story, “The Christmas Angel”, a flash piece by Boston-based writer Anthony Wallace, whose full-length story “Do Not Use Quotation Marks to Indicate Irony” appeared in Cleaver’s Issue No. 3.

Currently, we’re reading Wallace’s award-winning “New Jersey Gothic” short story collection, The Old Priest, published in September by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Read “The Christmas Angel” today, free, on Cleaver!

The star is not really a star but an angel from his wife’s childhood. It’s large, about ten inches high, with sheer wings like an insect’s wings and overlarge blue eyes that the man considers overly sentimental. Perhaps it’s not an angel at all but a fairy, like Tinkerbell. Whatever it is, there is something annoyingly Disneyesque about it.

Anthony Wallace

Anthony Wallace

Anthony Wallace is a Senior Lecturer in the Arts and Sciences Writing Program at Boston University, where he is also Co-director of “Arts Now,” a curriculum-based initiative to support the arts at BU. Tony has published poetry and fiction in literary journals including CutBank, Another Chicago Magazine, the Atlanta Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, 5-Trope, the Republic of Letters, and Florida Review. His short story “The Old Priest” won a Pushcart Prize and was published last fall in Pushcart 2013. His short story collection The Old Priest is the winner of the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and will be published this September by the University of Pittsburgh Press.