Author: Renee Jackson-Harper

Laurie Carr Cover illustration

Issue #4: Launch Party! Thursday April 19

Join us on Thursday, April 19th for a celebration of up-and-coming local writers at the Black Bear Review launch party, featuring readings from the current issue and from this year’s winners of the Kootenay Literary Competition.

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The Art of Ironing

Adult Personal Non-Fiction – First Place     I do not iron. My mother, however, approached this chore in a unique and careful way, which was startling in such a chaotic, tumbledown house of five children of all ages. She, who was usually so free in all things, had three strict rules. One: she always

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More Than Just My Mother’s Daughter

Adult Personal Non-Fiction – Second Place     It’s New Year’s Eve and I begin my annual ritual.  I conceal my daddy’s shotgun between the mattress and box spring of my bed, and gather my tiny brother and young sister to curl up with me on the lumpy hiding place.  I tell them stories about

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The Gloaming

Adult Fiction – Second Place    Paul awoke at 2:49 am fresh from the dream; not a dream, the dream. The same dream that had struck every night since he and his wife, Karen, had opened their boutique hotel in the Slocan valley. In his dream, Paul had moved out of a house where he

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The Sudden Sorrowful Death of Black Bart (Part 1)

Adult Fiction Submissions – First Place   Well, I know which came first of course. Black Bart…wait, was it?  I think so. The time frame is helter-skelter concerning my initial acquaintance with the divine Ms. van Hellemonde though. Curse her. Was it at the cafe outside the Gare du Nord on a crisply invigorating spring

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