Author Archives: Brenna Dixon

About Brenna Dixon

Brenna Dixon is a native Floridian with an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University, where she teaches Composition and Fiction. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in Southeast Review, South Dakota Review, Burrow Press Review, and other journals. She’s currently searching for a home for Game of Bodies, a collection of stories, and will return to her native land as a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at Everglades National Park.

Lit GIFs: The Giver (and why I haven’t seen the movie)

Let’s talk about The Giver. The Giver is a wonderful book by Lois Lowry. Many of us probably read it for school. Recently it was made into a movie, which I refuse to see because why in the world is Jonas cast as … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Romeo and Juliet

The Montagues and the Capulets don’t like each other very much. Romeo and his cousin crash a Capulet party anyway, looking for girls. Romeo’s on the rebound when he meets Juliet. The party was supposed to give 14-year-old Juliet the … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A brief case study of a guy who turns into another guy…and stresses out his lawyer. This is Dr. Jekyll. He sometimes turns into Mr. Hyde.

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Lit GIFs: The Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne lives in 17th-century Puritan Boston. She’s been branded with the scarlet letter A because supposedly she had an affair. This makes sense to everyone around her, because as far as they know her husband never made it over to the … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Wuthering Heights

A story (read: soap opera) of two Catherines and a grumpy, clingy guy named Heathcliff. Also a property war. Mr. Earnshaw owns a manor called Wuthering Heights. One day he brings home an orphan. At first, his children, Hindley and Catherine … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is Arthur Dent: Human Resident, Planet Earth. One morning, contractors show up to plow his house over for a bypass. This is when his best friend, Ford Prefect, shows up and starts talking about The End of the World. They … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: The Old Man and the Sea

Santiago, an elderly Cuban fisherman, has gone 84 days without a catch. His apprentice, Manolin, still likes him, but his parents have made him go work with a more successful fisherman. So on day 85 of his Bad Luck Streak, … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: The Hobbit

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Until thirteen unwelcome dwarves and a wizard came and took him away on an equally unwelcome adventure.

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Lit GIFs: The Catcher in the Rye

Meet Holden Caulfield. Holden is not so good at staying in school. He is 0 for 4 as far as schools go. As a general rule, Holden is annoyed by people. Except for Jane Gallagher. He still likes her.

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AWP Award Series: Lucas Southworth’s Everyone Here Has a Gun and Joan Naviyuk Kane’s Hyperboreal

I wasn’t expecting my friend D to smash the green anole with a rock. But he did, and the lizard’s insides smeared red against the concrete driveway. Its eyes, black and bleeding, sunk into its tiny skull. We were nine. … Continue reading

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