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Listen to Ursula Villarreal-Moura Read; Last week for $12 Pre-Orders; We're On A List (A Good One!)

Hi Everyone,

This is the last week to pre-order Forward for $12. Beginning a week from today, it’ll be available for $15 (the full price) but still with free shipping for people in the United States from Aforementioned Productions.

We’re also super grateful to R.O. Kwon—and if you haven’t read her debut, The Incendiaries, well, you should—for including Forward on this list. We’re anticipated!

Now, let us introduce you to Ursula Villarreal-Moura. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of Middlebury College, she received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and was a VONA/Voices fellow. In 2012, she won the CutBank Big Fish Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest, and her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in various publications including Catapult, Tin House online, Prairie Schooner, Washington Square, and Bennington Review. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions, twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and longlisted for Best American Short Stories. More about her can be found at www.ursulavillarrealmoura.com.

Her story “THE EQUIVALENT OF ___________” spoke to us because it showed a vivid moment in a relationship that expressed the time before, the present, and the future for the story’s couple in less than a thousand words. The writing is sparse and beautiful. Its tone cool and direct, a refusal of sentimentality. We’re excited to have you listen to it.

Have a great Sunday,

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