In The Radvocate 14: Joe Baumann’s “Shrinking.”

So Say We All’s literary journal, The Radvocate, just published a brand new issue this week. You can buy your copy right here.

We’ll feature excerpts of some of the pieces here on our site, and today we have Joe Baumann’s fantastic short story, “Shrinking.” Every so often, we run across stories in the slush pile that we repeatedly find ourselves bringing up at the dinner table, referencing in casual conversation as though the entire world has already read it.  Here’s a snippet:

[…] It was clear that it was, in fact, my parents and their house, because the rest of the world was normal-sized. My car fit in my driveway, but I had to park on the curb in front of their house because my tires dug trenches in the yard if I tried to squeeze onto the concrete; even the grass had been reduced to stalks the size of cat hairs, and I could barely fit my hand in their mailbox to grab the bills.

The day I had to stoop to enter the garage, I called my sister.

“I think you need to make a trip out to see Mom and Dad.”

“Why? Is everything okay?”

“They’re shrinking.”

“Old people do that.”

“No, I mean everything is shrinking.”

“Is this one of your bad jokes I don’t understand?”

“No, it isn’t.”

“What about Mom’s blood tests?”

“White blood cell count was slightly elevated, and her blood pressure was still high, but nothing the doctor said to worry about.”

“Okay, see?”

“I don’t think you understand.”


“Really, something’s going on.” I sighed. “Please. Come out? I’ll pay for the ticket.”

“I do not need you to do that for me, thanks.”

“So you’ll come?” I said.

“Let me check my schedule.”

“Hurry,” I said. “Who knows if you’ll even be able to see them without a microscope by the time you get here.”

She hung up without saying goodbye.

For the rest of the story, get your copy of The Radvocate issue 14 now! We hope you enjoy “Shrinking” and the thirty-plus pieces of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction featured in this issue. It’s a mighty rad book. And it’s yours for only ten bucks!

The Radvocate Fourteen features work from: Karl Sherlock, Joe Baumann, John Vanderslice, Anthony Martin, Jamie Sullivan, Meggie Royer, Caroline Taylor, Emily Green, Scott Sherman, Laura Preble, Allyson Whipple, Sara Morrison, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Janet Joyner, Eric Raymond, Lois Harrod, Dania Brett, Harley Lethalm // Cover Art: Matt Parchinski // Editor: Matt E. Lewis

And please join us for the San Diego launch for the Radvocate Fourteen, with readings from a few of the issue’s contributors and piles and piles of copies for sale. It’s Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at The Glashaus.

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More about The Radvocate #14:

Joe Baumann‘s fiction and essays have appeared in Tulane Review, Willow Review, Hawai’i Review, SNReview, Lindenwood Review, and many others. He is the author of Ivory Children, published in 2013 by Red Bird Chapbooks. He possesses a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Missouri. He was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2016. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magic Realism.

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