Emily Beck Cogburn

Emily Beck Cogburn is the author of the novels Louisiana Saves the Library and Ava’s Place. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals, most recently In Parentheses. She holds master’s degrees in library science and philosophy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing in the band Southern Primitives.

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Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest VIII

The Throw

Reggie strolled through Little Tokyo, feeling content and happy in his favorite part of Los Angeles. Angular office buildings cut into the clear blue sky like sleek, indifferent businessmen. Below them, the streets buzzed. Reggie could feel the energy, the life under his feet. He cut through the Japanese Village Plaza, just because he wanted to walk under the little trees and red lanterns that seemed to gaze down like round, benevolent gods on the tourist shops, manga stores, hibachi restaurants, make-up salons, and kiosks selling hats featuring Japanese characters. The shopkeepers sweeping t…

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