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Burrow Press releases collection of short stories

Fragmentation + Other Stories features work of Florida writers

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Some authors are more experienced or better known than others, but all are part of an emerging literary movement in Orlando. "There really is a younger movement" here, says Waring, 32. She says that Florida literature isn't just about Hemingway and the Key West genre anymore, but it's not yet clear if there's a unifying style among ?the up-and-coming fiction writers. Nonetheless, a strong fiction undercurrent now joins the established poetry and spoken-word community in Orlando with the publication of Fragmentation. "We're just publishing work that broadens the existing definition of what it is to be a `Florida' author," Waring says.

If one thing's for sure, it's that Fragmentation's writers are willing to work at it. "We had a lot of editorial suggestions that we offered to the writers in the hopes that they would reach back out to us, and everyone did," she says. After the stories were chosen, Waring assigned a photographer to each. Standout images include Thao Thanh Ngo's somewhat disorienting shot of a European apartment building with pigeons mid-flap, which complements the tone of loss in San Sebastiano, and cemetery images for Bone Dry by Plinio Pinto are appropriately ominous.

Selected authors and ?photographers were paid for their work, and proceeds from book sales (available at burrowpress.com, Mother Falcon, Park Ave CDs, Lambs Eat Ivy, Sultre Boutique ?and others) will help Burrow Press gear up for its next project. Though Waring won't say what's next on Burrow's agenda, she will say they're in talks with several authors and that she's interested in publishing fiction of all types, including novels and novellas.

At the launch party for Fragmentation Feb. 16 at Urban ReThink, where Burrow Press makes its home, literature lovers got a taste for what the stories in the book might sound like. Local hip-hop artist Swamburger, who designed a special-edition cover (only 200 in print) for the book, also wrote an instrumental soundtrack inspired by it. He debuted the piece at the launch and book buyers get a copy of the soundtrack free with their purchase.

The music was a surprise for Waring, who says she asked Swamburger to design the special cover, but didn't see what was coming next. He approached her at a creative meeting and asked if she would like a soundtrack for it. He was inspired by the book and wanted to play a bigger part in it, she says.

Waring was "shocked at the intensity of writing and the thought and the care that all of these authors put into their work," she says. Some of the stories are dark, all are clever and some even make you laugh out loud. It's a book that she loves, and that's exactly what she set out to create.

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