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Delmarva Today 06-04-2021 part two

Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today are editor Neal Gillen and author Fatimah Iqbal. They are discussing a new collection of short stories published in New Voices of the Potomac.  In addition, Fatimah Iqbal will read her story "Under the Chelsea Lights" from the collection.This anthology is a collection of stories written by five students at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. All of the authors are female, and were either Juniors or Seniors at the time their work was published this year. All were participants in a writing group led by Neal Gillen, the editor of the anthology. The stories in the collection go a long way toward revealing what is on the minds of young people today and especially during the pandemic?  In their writings, these five young women display a mature openness to exploring very human emotions including the pain of separation, awareness of the inevitability of death, the threat of physical aggression, fear, and the power of fate.

As a bonus, in one of the stories, there is a very beautiful alternate ending to Sleeping Beauty that is moving on many different levels.

Chris Ranck is Delmarva Public Media's Executive Producer, Program Director and Automation Engineer.