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Deborah Ann Percy lives in Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan. She earned the MFA in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. A book of her short fiction, Cool Front: Stories from Lake Michigan, appeared in 2010 from March Street Press; a full-length collection, Invisible Traffic, appeared in fall 2014 from One Wet Shoe Press, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award. Her plays, and those written in collaboration with her husband, Arnold Johnston, have won awards, publication, and production nationwide. Their twenty or so books include the following: their full-length plays Beyond Sex (recently broadcast in translation on Romanian national radio) and Rasputin in New York; their long one-act Radiation: 33 Days of Waiting (to premiere in October at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre); a collection of their one-acts, Duets: Love Is Strange; and editions (translated with Dona Roşu) of plays by Romanian playwright Hristache Popescu (Night of the Passions, Sons of Cain, and Epilogue). Their edited anthology The Art of the One Act appeared in 2007 from New Issues Press. Since 2003 they have written over two dozen half-hour radio dramas for broadcast on Kalamazoo’s NPR-affiliate WMUK-FM as part of All Ears Theatre. From 2009-2012 they were joint Arts and Entertainment columnists for the award-winning national quarterly journal Phi Kappa Phi Forum. After a distinguished administrative career in the Kalamazoo Public Schools, Debby is now a full-time writer. Winner of major playwriting grants from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Associated Writing Programs, and the American Literary Translators Association.


Freezing Peaches

Issue No. 270 ~ November, 2019

Joel and Mindy stand at their kitchen sink, peeling peaches for freezing. They place the deep red and gold slices in glass jars that will be filled with a light syrup. These are Red Havens, classic peaches that are perfectly ripe the first week in …