Flash that took two decades to appear

“Among Javelina” started as verse I turned in for workshop at a community college in Wisconsin. The thing required of me occasional revisions across 21 years to wind up fully invented.

I began submitting free verse and creative nonfiction iterations of, um, “Hot Tub in Tucson,” after Bob Hicok helped me shape the material in a graduate workshop. Racked up scads of rejections no matter the small changes I made every few years, even after I gave it a new title.

I lived a little more. Added a third section. Revised again this year. Settled the piece as flash CNF. A million thanks to the incomparable Richard Peabody for publishing “Among Javelina” in Gargoyle Online.


By Glenn Deutsch

Glenn Deutsch’s writing has appeared in The Literary Review, Confrontation, Post Road Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, Notre Dame Review, Exposition Review, New Delta Review, River City (now The Pinch), and Fiction Southeast, among other literary publications; in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and Poets & Writers; and in daily and alternative weekly newspapers including The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Isthmus, and Shepherd Express. Glenn has been an editor at Third Coast, Men’s Health, The Milwaukee Journal, and other publications. He earned his PhD in English/creative writing at Western Michigan University, in 2006, after careers in journalism and other fields, and taught writing and literature at Kalamazoo College for six years as a visiting professor, followed by journalism at Albion College for six years as a visiting professor. In 2018, he left academia to write full time. He has completed a novel and is at work on a story collection and novella. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife and son, and is also the proud father of an adult daughter.