iván BRAVE

Writer

Blanco Brown: a story of sacrifice in Aztlán

Blanco Brown: a story of sacrifice in Aztlán

6 March 2019

for Gloria Anzaldúa   Open your eyes. Over you stands an eagle-looking priest with an obsidian knife in his hand, ready to cut open your chest from throat to stomach. It’s for a god you do not believe in, but because your hands are tied, you better believe.   Dizzy, the rough of the sacrificial […]

A Draught of München: Chapter Excerpt from The Summer Abroad

A Draught of München: Chapter Excerpt from The Summer Abroad

23 February 2019

Big-breasted women, five steins a hand, and charming men in green, short-short overalls stuffed each other’s mouths with bratwurst and beer till they couldn’t rock no more. Bavaria. Its capital: München. Things played out a little differently there for the boys and me, who had gotten used to the exaggerations of Italy and indulgences of […]

An interview: with the Lord of the Pismire, Rick

An interview: with the Lord of the Pismire, Rick

7 February 2019

“Rick was a bro, a gentleman seen few and far between, of a caliber unknown to the race of man, the headless baton twirler in a parade called Life, a backpacker extraordinaire, a counter-demon and Lord of the Pismire. Rick Callaghan.” (The Summer Abroad, Part III, Chapter 8.)   Thus we find Rick, one of […]

Airport Birds

Airport Birds

16 January 2019

It came to my attention that I should focus on deepening my characters. As it goes, things should actually happen in a story. Funny, because I have known for a while that my personages spend a lot of time thinking. What’s wrong with thinking. That some people don’t want to read it. While everyone wants […]

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

25 December 2018

(. . . the story of a magician and a sorceress.)   The magician dashed off stage. He had been ridiculed for his fast-sprouting carnations, yet again. No more flower tricks at these open mics, he begrudged, they don’t care for nature fast or slow. Not to mention, being booed for your favorite spell sucked […]

Success, a NYC interview story

Success, a NYC interview story

22 October 2018

Pasó así, Papá, y aunque pese, como lo viví te lo narro, en inglés:   Completely cut off from chance, no hope, only needs and responsibilities. I got home at 1 PM from working a four-hour at the language school. I would talk about that shift later in the day, when it came to answering […]

Asesino (Assassin)

Asesino (Assassin)

29 May 2017

(Art by George Fredric Watts, Hope, 1886)   Click here for PDF of Asesino. Asesino is a story inspired by the dream a friend, Diego Sebastian Figueredo, told at a milonga about a year ago.   It begins with an epigraph borrowed from Thomas De Quincey’s On Murder as Considered as One of the Fine […]

Wajdan — “The Story of a Gypsy Dancer”

Wajdan — “The Story of a Gypsy Dancer”

22 May 2017

(Art work found on Sufi Friends, and Negarkhaneh.)   Click here for a PDF of “Wajdan”   At Slice’s Literary conference last September, I attend a panel titled (something like) “How to Write When Finding Time is Impossible.” Middle of the afternoon, after having taught a class earlier that morning, I began dozing off, tuning […]

La Albiceleste — part(e) 4

La Albiceleste — part(e) 4

1 May 2017

ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste4_2000   “My family and I moved back to our country, so my parents could finalize their divorce. And everyone blames someone else for it, except me. I blame myself.”

La Albiceleste — part(e) 1

La Albiceleste — part(e) 1

10 April 2017

ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste1_1300 The beginning. Will there be redemption? Follow failed soccer star Semis, and teenage dreamer Zulema, on their journey to fulfill their destiny.   El principio. ¿Habrá redención? Sigue a Semis, un excampeón de futbol, y a Zulema, una adolecente soñadora, en sus caminos a cumplir sus destinos.