Routes: An Achiote Press Fiction Anthology


Routes: An Achiote Press Fiction Anthology


Routes: An Achiote Press Fiction Anthology
edited by Jason Buchholz and Jennifer Reimer
cover art by Dirk Kortz

Table of Contents:
"Prove It," by K.M. Soehnlein
"Renovating an Animal," by Joshua Mohr
"Folding," by Jennifer Coke
"Twenty Years Our Freddy," by Joe Cervelin
"Miles Per Hour," an excerpt by Leota Higgins
"Momentum," by Jessica Stillman
"Newhope," by Ly Vu Hoang
"The Windows Are All Shuttered Here," by Robyn Russell

The screaming started before you were cuffed. Look above, look above, the women yelled, and while we couldn't hear the planes, we saw them. They flew into each other like giant, reckless birds. They fell into the water. We heard there was a fire on the hillside, but we couldn't smell it. There was only laurel in the air.

from "The Windows Are All Shuttered Here," by Robyn Russell

K.M Soehnlein is the author of three novels: Robin and Ruby (2010), which follows characters introduced in his debut, The World of Normal Boys (2000); and You Can Say You Knew Me When (2005). His short essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times; Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; and Love, Castro Street. He’s been published in San Francisco Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, The Village Voice, Out andThe Lambda Book Report. He teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Contact him through

Joshua Mohr is the author of the novels Termite Parade, which was an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List, and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a SF Chronicle best-seller. He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and has published numerous short stories and essays in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, 7×7, the Bay Guardian, ZYZZYVA, and The Rumpus, among many others. He lives in San Francisco and teaches fiction writing. His third novel, Damascus, will be published in October 2011. Please visit him at

Jennifer Coke was born in Black River, Jamaica. An award-winning poet and fiction writer, she has been published in The Henfield Prize Stories, Switchback, SN Review, and Fringe Magazine. She has just completed a novel, Grace Notes. You can read more of her work at

Joe Cervelin's work has appeared in SF Bay Guardian, Fourteen Hills, Bay Nature, The Rumpus, Hawaii Women's Journal, Switchback, Bang Out, and elsewhere. He’s currently working on a screenplay and graphic novel, Smashing Charlie. Originally from Brooklyn, he lives in Los Angeles. For more info, check out:

Leota Higgins lives, works, and writes in San Francisco, CA. She has an MFA from the University of San Francisco.

Originally from upstate NY, Jessica Stillman received her MFA from Brooklyn College and now lives in Amsterdam.

Ly Vu Hoang is a Vietnamese-American aspiring artist and writer born in Binh Gia, Viet Nam, but raised in Orange County, Southern California, near the Little Saigon District. She is the daughter of the warm and humorous Thuy Vu, who has taught her to listen, to trust her senses of smell and touch, and to give without hesitation. She is also the daughter of Huong Hoang, who made her believe that persistence and commitment are just as important as talent or the ability to find beauty in the surroundings. She is a younger sister to Phuong Hoang, and an older sister to Vu Hoang and Vivi Hoang who inject the definition of love and play into every day. Ly Vu Hoang graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with double majors in Ethnic Studies and Art Practice. She currently resides in Southern California.

Robyn Russell is an associate literary agent and freelance editor. She has an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Dirk Kortz grew up in New Jersey and in upstate New York on the St. Lawrence River. He has been drawing and painting all his life. He studied Painting, Film, and Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., and then moved to San Francisco. He graduated from San Francisco State University and did graduate work in film. His films have won numerous awards at festivals around the country. His writings have been published in many poetry and literary journals. He spent 15 years in the film industry writing screenplays before deciding to paint full time. His paintings, collages, assemblages, and wood carvings have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the country. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See more of his work at

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