Piano Wire, Hammer by Todd Mercer

Art Credit - Todd Mercer

Art Credit – Todd Mercer

Todd Mercer is an independent writer and editor based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mercer won the Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest and took 2nd and 3rd place of the Kent County Dyer-Ives Poetry Prizes. He judged the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and Independent Publisher’s Poetry Book of the Year contest multiple years. He wrote a dog-choking mother-lode of book reviews, a chapbook called Box of Echoes, which won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest, and worked a string of vaguely embarrassing day jobs. Mercer’s poetry and fiction appear in Apocrypha & Abstractions, Blue Collar Review, The Camel Saloon, Camroc Press Review, Cease, Cows, Dunes Review, East Coast Literary Review, Eunoia Review, Falling Star, 50-Word Stories, The Fib Review, The Lake, The Legendary, Main Street Rag Anthologies, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, One Sentence Poems, Postcard Poems and Prose, Postcard Shorts, Right Hand Pointing, The Second Hump, Spartan, Thema and Vibrant Arts. Mercer likes long walks on the beach, but hates mean people.

Links to poetry:

“Depositions” and “May the Chain of Lakes Remain Unbroken” will appear in East Coast Literary Review http://www.eastcoastliteraryreview.com/

“The EMT with Charged Paddles Calls, ‘Clear!’” and “The Ankle Weights Aren’t for Exercise” will appear in Camroc Press Review http://www.camrocpressreview.com/

“Sharpie Marker, Black” and “Jetlag” will appear in the Main Street Rag Anthology: Crossing Lines http://www.mainstreetrag.com/MSR_Short%20Fiction%20Anthology.html

“One Doctor County (Easter Springs, 1910)” and “Sunset Clause (After Cormac McCarthy)” will appear in Vibrant Arts

“Taps” will appear in Right Hand Pointing http://www.righthandpointing.net/

“Ejection Seat” “Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand” “Timshel Triptych” and “Transparency” appeared in The Fib Review http://www.musepiepress.com/fibreview/todd_mercer1.html

“Didn’t Miss a Light” appeared in The Second Hump: The Best of The Camel Saloon, Volume 5 http://secondhump5.blogspot.com/2014/06/didnt-miss-light.html

“My Other Ride’s Your Mom” appeared in One Sentence Poems http://www.onesentencepoems.com/osp/

“Western Biological (for Ed Ricketts),” “A Silent Caller’s Subtext,” “Indirect Arguments of Geometry,” “Eleven Letter Word [After Hopper’s Compartment Car (1922)], “Shoal Shanty Suite, Part 1: Old School Sirens,” “Crosscut,” “The Underbridgeman Clarifies,” White Picket“ and “Three Word Story” appear in Eunoia Review http://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/ “Auburn House in F# Minor will appear.

“Floating a Reunion Plan” “The Great GreenTree Mortgage Oscillation” “Didn’t Miss a Light” “Time is Lumber““Entendres in Very Small Towns” and “On a Line Too Lightly Drawn to See” appeared in The Camel Saloonhttp://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2014/04/entendres-in-very-small-towns.html and http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/search?q=mercer

“Piano Wire, Hammer” and “Soul Man” appear in Postcard Poems & Prose https://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/soul-man-by-todd-mercer/

“Jimmy’s Dad Had to Snag a Ride” appeared in Right Hand Pointing http://www.righthandpointing.net/#!todd-mercer/c12ui

“Mirror Image of a Country Song” “Dystopic Bootstrapping Strategies, #3: The Freelance Organist” and “Swansong Island Purgatorial” appeared in 50-Word Stories http://fiftywordstories.com/2014/01/30/todd-mercer-mirror-image-of-a-country-song/

“Calendar’s Last Page” and “In the Lee of Stones” appeared in The Lake  http://www.thelakepoetry.co.uk/poetry-archive/january/

“The Restaurateur’s Deconstruction [Ekphrastic on Edward Hopper’s New York Restaurant (1922)]” appeared in The Lake http://www.thelakepoetry.co.uk/poetry-archive/december-1/

“Vanity Plates” appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change http://mobiusmagazine.com/poetry/vanitypl.html

“Undercoating” appeared in 50-Word Stories http://fiftywordstories.com/2013/11/15/todd-mercer-undercoating/

Links to flash fiction and short fiction pieces:

“Trinity Ridge Burial Options” will appear in Apocrypha & Abstractions http://apocryphaandabstractions.wordpress.com/about/

“Apple Avenue” appears in Falling Star

“Excise Tacks” appeared in Postcard Shorts http://www.postcardshorts.com/read-2254.html

“Those People” appeared in The Legendary http://www.downdirtyword.com/authors/toddmercer.html

“Overly Casual Fridays” appeared in Spartan http://spartanlit.com/overly-casual-fridays/

“Resentsgiving” appeared in Cease, Cows http://ceasecows.com/2014/02/21/resentsgiving-by-todd-mercer/

“The Stand-In” and “Gun Squad Blues” appear in Dunes Review

“The Captain of the Circular Firing Squad” appeared in Apocrypha & Abstractions http://apocryphaandabstractions.wordpress.com/about/

“The Straight Angles” appeared on Woodstock Writers Festival  http://www.woodstockwriters.com/contests/

If you have something on your mind, write a note to: todd.mercer@yahoo.com.
If there’s nothing on your mind, post that on Twitter.

Our her.o at Henry’s Hotdogs, Route 66, Cicero, Illinois, 2013

Our hero at Henry’s Hotdogs, Route 66, Cicero, Illinois, 2013.

Among the Agora sculptures, Michigan Avenue & Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois, March 2014.

Among the Agora sculptures, Michigan Avenue & Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois, March 2014.

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