“Keeper” by Steve Adams

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He stumbles in from the desert, burned and torn from his journey, and soon finds himself working for a carnival’s main attraction – The Thing. He’s the only one who can stop this hopeless being from screaming, the only one who can tend to the crowd-pleasing creature in its vegetable-state, because he’s the only one with past experience.


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About the Author
Steve Adams’s creative nonfiction was included in the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII anthology and has been published in Willow Springs, The Pinch, Grist, Notre Dame Magazine, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, anthologized, and published in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, Georgetown Review, and elsewhere. His craft and process essays have been published in Glimmer Train's Bulletin and Talking Writing. He’s won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, been a guest artist at The University of Texas, a scholar at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, a resident artist at Jentel, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He is a writing coach in Austin at www.steveadamswriting.com
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