A question for Alex Penland

Q: What’s your favorite type of pie?

A: For a couple years now, I’ve been learning my mother’s pie crust recipe from across the pond. I’m originally from Washington, DC, so of course as soon as I moved to Scotland I realized how much I missed it; she essentially just uses pastry dough. It’s incredible. Especially when she bakes it in one of those tins with the holes all over it. I don’t mind if it’s pumpkin or apple or chicken pot pie, but that crust is essential.


Alex Penland’s story “We, You, and the Gallery
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 January 2023.
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About Alex Penland

Alex Penland is a former museum kid. They spent their childhood running rampant through the Smithsonian museums, which kicked off an early career as a child adventurer. Alex has worked in the field with NASA scientists, linguists, and acclaimed photographers. Now a Pushcart-nominated author, Alex currently lives in Scotland while studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. They still run rampant, but they’ve breached the Smithsonian’s containment.

Alex Penland’s story “We, You, and the Gallery
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 January 2023.
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January 2023

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • Packing List for Oblivion — Cameron Bertron
  • The Knight Who Carried a Sword in His Heart — Joshua Hagy
  • We, You, and the Gallery — Alex Penland
  • The Zoo Diaries I — Frances Pauli

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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