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About Kay McSpadden
I taught since 1977 at high poverty schools in the rural South and retired in June 2021. I miss my colleagues and students every day!
"Notes from a Classroom" is a collection of essays about my students first published in my op-ed column in The Charlotte Observer. "A Child's Book of Virtues" is a multicultural collection of stories and myths for intermediate readers.
I also write literary fiction short stories. "Why Women Moan In Bed" won the Norman Mailer Fiction Prize in 2012. In 2017 my story "The Proxy" was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest. My stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Kestrel, Cobalt, On the Premises, and Cobalt. Other short stories have been featured in regional journals, such as Luck, The Charlotte Writers Anthology, Main Street Rag, and We Are Not This.
For sci-fi and fantasy fans, "Orphans in the Black: A Space Opera" features 19 terrific writers (and my story "The Alien" is part of this e-book collection).
For fantasy fans, "Once Upon a Quest" is a terrific retelling of 15 fairy tales. Check out my story "Cat White" based on the French fairy tale "The White Cat."
For readers looking for a sci-fi fantasy mash-up, check out "Once Upon a Star." My story, "Candy House," is a sci-fi retelling of "Hansel and Gretel."
Love vampires and things that bite? My story "Yelp Reviews for Jacqueline's Beanstalk Cafe" is part of "Once Upon a Bite."
If horror and supernatural fairy tale mashups appeal to you, my story "Haunted" is in "Once Upon a Ghost."
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Titles By Kay McSpadden
We are not discrimination.
We are not hate.
We are not fear.
We are not oppression.
We Are Not This.
Table of Contents
TL;DR - by Michael G. Williams
Trapped - by Theresa Glover
The Slave Trader's Wedding - by AJ Hartley
In the Pasture - by David Childers
The Gem of Acitus - by Jay Requard
The Map of the Way - by Kay McSpadden
For Small Creatures Such as We - by Jennifer Julian
Behind the Canvas - by Caryn Sutorus
Hair Shirt Drag - by Gordon White
Another Way - by S.H. Roddey
Ebony - by Andrea Judy
A Rose, A Dragon - by T. Frock
One-Up-One-Down - by Jake Bible
Out of the Shadows - by Darin Kennedy
The Seventh Sunrise - by James P. McDonald
The Butcher's Witch - by Stuart Jaffe
Headstrong - by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Buttons - by Gail Z. Martin
A Dear, Lovely Thing - by Natania Barron
Scorpio Rising - by C.R.R. Lavene
The Color of Love - by Tamsin Silver
Our Lady of the Flowers Saved My Life - by Charlotte Henley Babb
Threshold Sanctuary - by Erin Penn
God Don't Like Ugly - by Tonia Brown
My Name - by Calandra Usher
The Soldier Who Swung at the End of a Thread - by M. David Blake
Inverted Perception - by Faith Naff
Missing Muse - by Melissa McArthur
Bog - by Trevor Curtis
Lovebite - by Jason Gilbert
The Dark Lady - by Lucy Blue
Rallying for Regular Lives - by Joanne Spataro
Proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to support LGBTQ charities and non-profits in North Carolina.