J.J. Steinfeld

Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). Over 300 of his short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and more than forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

Stories by J.J. Steinfeld

Four Strangers Near the Weathered Statue in a Downtown Park

Illustrated by Cara Lynch

On an overcast afternoon—the morning news’s weather forecast had mentioned only a 30-percent chance of light rain today—in front of the weathered statue of a fearless-looking, bronze-handsome explorer who first set foot in the area three centuries ago, a self-appointed downtown park prophet, jabbing his closed umbrella toward the sky as if to get the …