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Paul Fredrickson

Author, Musician, Student

Paul Fredrickson is a carp in the catfish pond. Paul grew up in Topeka, Kansas and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College with an English degree. His short stories are published in the Lewis and Clark Literary Review and in 2022, he received the Fiction Prize for graduating seniors at Lewis and Clark. In his writing he focuses on the intersection of history, anthropology, ecology, and myths. He is also an editor for Flint Hills Publishing.

Formaldehyde is a collection of five short stories. Each piece represents the nausea of grief or insecurity, the isolating emotions that evolve from life’s turning points. Blending surrealism with the real, the extraordinary with the ordinary, these stories show how alienation can make someone feel dead in life. But they highlight the importance of preservation, that beauty sprouts from the broken things. All five stories portray the significance of life in the face of death.

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