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Brian Petkash

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Brian grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, a focal point of much of his writing (and much of his sports heartache). A former high school literature and creative writing teacher, he lives in Tampa and works as a marketing professional in both the game and comic book industries.

Brian holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Tampa. His work has appeared in El Portal, Bridge Eight Literary Magazine, Southword, and Midwestern Gothic.

Mistakes by the Lake, his collection of stories published by Madville Publishing, is out now.

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Behind the Stories - Butterflies on Fire

And, finally, Part 10 of Behind the Story, a weekly series in which I write about the ten stories featured in my collection, Mistakes by the Lake (out now! from Madville Publishing). This edition focuses on “Butterflies on Fire,” a story set in 1969 about a meditating wannabe and the flammable Cuyahoga River.

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