Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Ginkgo Tree – Mads Alvey

To walk upon the fallen leaves of the Ginkgo tree is very nearly to walk upon a river of gold. It is a sight of such pure beauty that the Speakers whisper sweet blessings to the earth, spinning a preservation upon the leaves where they lie, so the golden carpet won’t fade to black as we tread upon the ground. I was reminding myself of how lucky I was to have enough Speaking to join…

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A question for Mads Alvey

Q: Do you write with a particular audience in mind?

A: I often write with myself as the intended audience. There are a lot of things that I enjoy seeing in stories, and when I write, I try to hit all of those notes. I try to include people like me—queer folks, gender minority folks, disabled folks; themes and subjects I care about; and evoke images that matter to me, or appeal to my sense of aesthetics.

I do write with the intent of sharing my work, but it matters to me that I, at the very least, start with a base that is true, first and foremost, to what I want in a story.


Mads Alvey’s story “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Gingko Tree” was
published on Friday, 10 August 2018.

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About Mads Alvey

Mads Alvey lives in Lexington, Kentucky and is a full-time student at the University of Kentucky, seeking a degree in English. She plans to seek an MLS when she graduates, and settle down surrounded by books. When he has it, he splits his free time between crafting; cooking; gardening; amateur taxidermy; writing science fiction, fantasy, and satire; spending way too much time on the internet, and doting on his three rats.

malveyauthor.com, @ProperPuns


Mads Alvey’s story “Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Gingko Tree” was
published on Friday, 10 August 2018.

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August 2018

MetaphorosisTable of Contents

  • The Bagel Shop Owner’s Nephew — J. Tynan Burke
  • Upon the Fallen Leaves of the Gingko Tree — Mads Alvey
  • Just a Fire — A. Martine
  • All the Colors I Cannot See — L’Erin Ogle
  • Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost — Douglas Anstruther

Cover art by Julia Naurzalieva.

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