In the Moments Before Gunfire

Leslie Jill Patterson

From Hunger Mountain Issue 24: Patterns, which you can purchase here.

Designed by Marielena Andre.


Leslie Jill Patterson’s prose has appeared in The Rumpus, Hotel Amerika, Gulf Coast, Baltimore Review, Colorado Review, Prime Number Magazine, & Brevity, among others. Her recent awards include a Soros Justice Fellowship, the Prime Number Magazine Prize for Fiction (judged by David Jauss), the Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Writing, & a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Since 2009, she has worked as the case storyteller for public defenders representing indigent men charged with capital murder & facing the death penalty in Texas.


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