• How to Steal Copper Wire by Jonny Eberle

    Step 1      Hit absolute rock bottom. Sell your guitar and move back in with your parents. Send out resumes. Admit that a studio art degree was an unwise choice in this economy and allow yourself to be humbled by the experience of losing it all and starting over. Send out a few more resumes, but you can stop personalizing them for each job, because you know they’re just going into the junk folder. See how long you can coast on paying your debts, do elaborate budgeting on the back of a past-due envelope and realize that you’re screwed.

  • The Evidence for Coal by Jonny Eberle

    This year, Santa’s operation entered the 21st century. Shortly after Thanksgiving, a server room went online at the North Pole to analyze data that used to take an army of elves a year to complete. Sophisticated algorithms crawled the web, taking into account thousands of behavioral factors. Code scoured social media for keywords, while software did the dirty work of sorting naughty from nice. A team of hackers worked to piggyback signals on telecommunications satellites to intercept texts and tweets as they flew around the world. Millions of emails were obtained through a Russian intermediary. Security camera footage was spliced together with GPS locators and all of it was neatly…

  • Inheritance by Jonny Eberle

    “You are monumentally stupid,” Parker said.  “I think that’s a little harsh,” Brian said. He shoved the door open with his shoulder. A cloud of dust billowed out. The smell of molding upholstery and musty curtains emanated from the building.  “This is the worst investment you’ve ever made.”  “You’re overreacting, Parker. Wait until you see the inside.”  “Have you seen the outside? This is bad. Chugging a gallon of milk bad.”    “You’re overreacting.”    The two men stepped into the abandoned theatre. The creaking floorboards were painted black, as were the walls. The front windows were boarded up, but some of the nails had rusted through and the plywood…

  • The Cannibals of Kitsap by Jonny Eberle

    I stopped eating on the first day of fourth grade. I opened my lunchbox and nearly puked at the sight of the food. My PB&J looked soggy and gelatinous, like the corpse of a beached whale about to explode. I imagined the interior of my apple crawling with fat worms. So, I ran to the nearest garbage can to dump it all out. That night at the dinner table, I swore I caught a whiff of gasoline in my meatloaf; imagined there was glue mixed into the mashed potatoes and tar in the gravy. I pushed my plate away and went to my room. My parents were too deep in…

  • The Observable Universe by Jonny Eberle

    The young man buys a ticket and wanders around the exhibit on the history of the spacesuit before disappearing. It takes more than forty minutes before the observatory volunteers find him locked in the Clark Telescope Dome. He refuses to come out. The man demands to know why he can’t see Saturn through the telescope’s eyepiece. He doesn’t believe them when they explain through the closed door that the rotation of the Earth has shifted the planet out of the telescope’s field of view. They offer to come inside and reposition the telescope for him. He tells them that he is not a fool. That he will wait. “I want…

  • The Observable Universe by Jonny Eberle

    The young man buys a ticket and wanders around the exhibit on the history of the spacesuit before disappearing. It takes more than forty minutes before the observatory volunteers find him locked in the Clark Telescope Dome. He refuses to come out. The man demands to know why he can’t see Saturn through the telescope’s eyepiece. He doesn’t believe them when they explain through the closed door that the rotation of the Earth has shifted the planet out of the telescope’s field of view. They offer to come inside and reposition the telescope for him. He tells them that he is not a fool. That he will wait. “I want…

  • 2015 and 2016 C3 Line-Ups

    2015: Thrills, Chills and Fairy Tales: 6 PM-Sanford and Son ~ Children’s lit authors Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder), Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Dead Girls Don’t Lie), and Jennifer Chushcoff (Snowflakes) spin tales of enchantment, romance, and thrilling murder mysteries. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles) hosts. All Ages. It’s Kind Of a Funny Story: 6 PM-Embellish Multispace Salon ~ Join William Turbyfill (Field of Turby), Alec Clayton (The Freedom Trilogy) and Aaron Flett (comedian/with a work in progress) while they share intimate shorts that will have you giggling with delight or blushing with embarrassment. All Ages. HOWL: 6 PM-King’s Books Store ~ Poet Michael Haeflinger (The Days Before) performs Allen Ginsberg’s…

  • ~About US~

    MISSION: Creative Colloquy fosters the writing community in the South Sound through unique literary events and publications. Creative Colloquy was founded in February of 2014 with the intention of fostering relationships built upon the mutual admiration of the written word and providing a platform to highlight literary talent in the South Sound. We do this in a number of ways including the online literary site focused on short fiction, novel excerpts and essays but also including poetry and other prose penned by writers who reside in the Pacific Northwest. Creative Colloquy also boasts an annual print literary review and occasional audio collections like, Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Narwhal. Collections…