LaMarr Thomas is a rather older emerging writer. His story “A Harsh Spring Light” is part of a collection he’s working on (ever so ploddingly!) entitled The Shadow of Slavery. These stories will, and do, in one way or another – directly or indirectly – deal with the pervasive and continuing effects of race on various aspects – social, economic, political, cultural, and personal – of American society. He believes that fiction, that art, can help to change our world for better, and his hope is that his work can be a part of that change.