Founder Andrés Cruciani has been writing novels, short stories, essays, and articles for fifteen years. Here are some of his published works—as well as some novel excerpts. (Links provided when possible.)
Works with an * are excerpts from the novel EQUALITY.
A novel excerpt from the forthcoming THE FATHER. This is the back story of the protagonist, a man named Savage. Published in America’s Emerging Writers, An Anthology of Fiction.
He was born and raised in the southern town of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A seaside town of fishing and strip malls that swelled with tourists in the summer and contracted by winter when vacation homes got emptied and shops were shuttered—a seasonal breathing.
The tragic end of a student who had just begun to flourish. Forthcoming from Natural Bridge.*
An essay on my question of whether to have children. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Journal.
I remember a conversation I had with my sister over a decade ago. We were in a car. My cousin was driving, and I was in the back seat.
“I’m going to have two children,” I said, “and maybe adopt a third. One day.”
The story of my brush with the miraculous. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Journal.
I do not know whether what I experienced constituted a religious experience or a miracle, but had I been raised in a religious household, I am sure I would say: I felt God. Here is what happened.
The narrative of a young man written from the darkness of his jail cell. Published by The Westchester Review.*
Something about the air in here puts you in a real melancholy mood. It aint just the bars and it aint just the cuffs and it aint just the plastic food and the misery and it aint taking a shit in front of a whole roomful of strangers either. It’s the air.
Torn out by her younger brother, D’Andre, this is a page from Princess Hemingway’s diary—a premonitive entry written the day of her murder. Published by West Texas Literary Review. Nominated for Best of the Net.*
But dare we? ... Under a blue moonlight, tracing a ranger’s crunching footsteps below dark canopy—‘In the cage to your left, homo urbanus rarely found outside his concrete environs’—dare we deviate? to follow the crooked trail ...
A description of the turbulence that is NYC. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Journal.
A great, living wheel, spinning, churning its eight- and-a-half-million denizens at five feet per second, eighth fastest pedestrian speed in the world, New York City. New York City—the cars and trucks and taxis and bicycles and skateboards. The billboards and sandwich boards and megaphones and fluorescence and neon.
MILOS: CHAPTER ONE
An artist spirals into depression after his work has begun to sell. He embarks on a tragedy borne by his lover, Mercedes, herself persuaded that the key to art is suffering. Published by Pamplemousse.
A CONFESSION FOUND SCRAWLED ON TOILET PAPER IN A MEN'S BATHROOM ON APRIL 30TH 2016
A strange note found in a public bathroom. Published by Gone Lawn.
EQUALITY: CHAPTER ONE
The first chapter of a novel about two boys—one Black, one Hispanic—struggling to do well in an inner-city school. Published by Four Chambers.*
AP OF GUIDANCE: DE LOS REYES
The story of a teenager’s frightening encounter with his high school’s head guidance counselor. Published by Sweet Tree Review.*
Two boys go fishing in Central Park. Published by The Sand Hill Review. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.*
A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS
Interviews based on the theme of faith, doubt, and perseverance. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Journal. [nonfiction]
The auditorium of Equality High School. Published by Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.*
The life story of an ordinary woman—yet imagined in reverse. It explores what existence would be like if time went backwards. Published by University of Baltimore's Welter.
ON HERMAN HESSE'S DEMIAN
An essay regarding the novel Demian. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Journal. [nonfiction]
A personal essay on cleaning my sensei's office for seven months. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Blog. [nonfiction]
MY FIRST DAY
An account of my first day training in Aikido. Published by Brooklyn Aikikai Blog. [nonfiction]