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Issue 51: Fiction and Poetry Contest

In this issue, we publish the winners of our 14th annual fiction and 13th annual poetry contest.

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In this issue, we publish the winners of our 14th annual fiction and 13th annual poetry contest. In fiction, the winners are: first place and $250 go to "Chaos," by C.C. Vail; second place and $150 to "The Plagiarist," by F.P. Gamber; and third place and $50 to "So Much Closer and Far More Brilliant," by Jody Costa. In poetry: First place and $100 go to "Marie's Dance," by Angie Cochrun; second place and $50 go to "So Far Child," by Lydia Rich; and third place and $25 go to "Sunday," by Kyle Eichman. Congratulations to all the winners!

In City Folk, Brennen Jensen profiles Tom Kerr, who has been leading the Mayor's Christmas parade in Hampden for forty years and in Mobtown Beat, Van Smith looks at real life charges pending against gangsters who inspired notable characters in David Simon's The Wire.

We have two great columns this week: Brian Morton's Political Animal looks at Gun Control and Jim Meyer's Spitballin' contemplates writing about astronomy, or sex, or gardening...anything but sports after the Raven's three game losing streak.

In the Arts, Bret McCabe goes back to the future with a story about Annex Theater's low-tech production of Philip K. Dick's futuristic depiction of 1992 in UBIK, and Baynard Woods reviews Getting to Know the Window at Current Gallery and tells us what's up with country and folk in Strum und Twang. Geoffrey Himes reviews Mixed Doubles at Performance Workshop Theatre and rounds up an assortment of new Christmas albums, while, in film, Jenn Ladd takes on It's a Wonderful Life from the point of view of the millennial generation.

In Eats and Drinks, John Houser III eats at Maggie's Farm some more; Clinton Macsherry's Juice pours some bubbly on the cheap; and Max Robinson explores holiday brews.

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