The Cleansing

By Megan Anning To whom it may concern, I’m writing this because I don’t know what else to do. I don’t want to have to write or think about her. But I love her. That’s the reason why I’m bothering with this. Writing isn’t my thing. I don’t like to strain myself. Celeste was always straining herself. It was stressful being around her when she was in one of her moods. If she wasn’t painting…

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I see a little silhouette of a man…

Calling all Finger Lakes Community College Students! While we don’t have any thunder bolts or lightning, we want to light up your spring semester sky with some great prizes in exchange for your creative genius. In honor of our Spring Arts Festival and in celebration of the band, Queen, we would like you to enter this year’s flash fiction contest by crafting a piece inspired by the album cover “Innuendo.” All submissions must be 1,000…

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The 2018 Issue is Now at Large

We have mailed out copies of the 2018 issue to our amazing and talented contributors. This little printed treasure is now in the hands of folks on every coast and on three different continents. Many thanks to all of you for your continued support. We hope you will help us keep The Finger alive and well by submitting your work for consideration in our 2019 issue. Deadline is April 15, 2019. Click on the submissions…

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Meet Our New Editor-in-Chief

In Upstate New York and in many places around the country, the New Year whipped in like a whirlwind, cold and snowy, howling for a home, and looking for direction. Here at The Finger, we hope you have weathered the storms, dug yourselves out of whatever scenario the sky befell you, and discovered or revisited the muses among you. As the winter solstice fades further into the background, we are looking forward to longer and…

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Interview with Curt Nehring Bliss

This is another entry in our recent series of interviews by Annie Livingston and Amanda Reed. Our subject this time is Curt Nehring Bliss, one of the English professors at Finger Lakes Community College! Curt Nehring Bliss Interviewers: Annie Livingston and Amanda Reed Have writing and literature always been a big part of your life? I have a record of my writing all the way back to kindergarten, so yes, writing has always been a…

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Interview with Trista Merrill

This is the first of a series of interviews by Annie Livingston and Amanda Reed. Our first subject is Trista Merrill, the head of the Honors Studies department at Finger Lakes Community College! Trista Merrill Interviewers: Annie Livingston and Amanda Reed   Why did you decide to teach? How did you come to teaching at FLCC? I have always wanted to be a teacher. I remember playing school as a kid and I always wanted…

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Moment Flash – Nicole Aruck

We have another Moment Flash entry up for reading tonight; the author of this work is Nicole Aruck! Thousands of miles away, Yet, it feels like you’re here. We sit underneath the stars, Watching the Red Moon. This night I hold dear to my heart, As for once, we can share the same sight. Three years down the road, Time goes so fast. As we are starring at the moon it all comes back. The…

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Moment Flash – Caitlyn Sprague

Welcome back; today’s our next Moment Flash installment! Our author for this installment is Caitlyn Sprague. I am sitting in a lawn chair, staring around the fire at my family. The fresh summer woods and smell of our camp fire permeate the air. To my left my two girls are playing with rocks and sticks—the way I played as a kid with my sisters, using our imaginations and playing outdoors from sun up till sun…

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