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By Megan Ann Jacobs

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Alone in a New York apartment, the god of comedy is melancholy, and he wants everyone to know it.
Though bound to find a new person to inspire and complete an unfinished story, Sebastian, the last remaining Greek Muse, mourns the passing of his latest instrument and friend, amusing himself by successfully spooking, pranking, and
sabotaging every opportunity for a potential replacement.
Until Nikki. 
Driven by her own personal demons, Nikki stubbornly battles with Sebastian for mastery of the apartment. Though fully engulfed in their feud, things get all the more complicated when the two are plagued by an over-involved landlord, well-
intentioned fiancé, and a dramatic Sebastian-orchestrated duel between the two that results in good old-fashioned police involvement. “aMUSEd” captures and explores our tendency to honor the dead by refusing to live, and leads us, through
the ancient art of comedy, to live with the past and move forward.

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By Cassandra Bloomingdale

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An epic-length story about two souls, their reincarnations, and a complex journey across four centuries, Carnations is a modernist take on the pain and pressure to preserve one’s sanity as the ghosts of ourselves perpetuate through time.  
When Renee and Dakota seek the destinies of their fates by contacting a psychic, they are thrown into the midst of one volatile man’s scheme to rid himself of his own destiny via time travel.  Greeted with the possibility that the pair may be reincarnations of the man and his assistant, Renee and Dakota must risk their lives to save the souls of the past and prevent greater tragedy in the future.  Told with the complexities of a science-fiction narrative and the dignity of a mental-health drama, Carnations is a life-changing and world-changing perspective on the stories we tell our [multiple] selves.

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Pleading 894

By Kate Bailey

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“I’ve been sitting in a corner pounding my head against the wall, and I don’t know how to stop.”

For Camille, her home of Louisiana is a complicated association, seemingly the same source, and solution, for all her present problems. She arrives back to live in Louisiana after living in New York for years with a huge chip on her shoulder about it. Why is she back after all this time? She has to complete court-mandated punishment for a DWI she received the last time she was visiting home. As Camille tries to complete her punishment, she grapples with her relationship to alcohol, as issues of family alienation and deep loneliness bubble to the surface, forcing her both towards alcohol and away from it. She finds a friend in Brittany, a charming and bold girl from Chalmette, who shares Camille’s fondness for fun and drinking. But as she gets further and deeper into the Louisiana drinking lifestyle, can Camille really toe the line between a good time and too much? This universal story is about every young girl who started drinking too early in Louisiana’s lax culture and the emotional consequences of having to accept where you come from while at the same time rejecting the parts that have kept you from growing up.