Cary Polkovitz's Often Overlooked: From Internet "Flight of Fancy" to Published Book

Often Overlooked started as artist Cary Polkovitz's internet "flight of fancy." His very short stories became a popular online project, and eventually a book. 

Polkovitz takes photos of "random items, usually something mundane," he says, "and then I tell a little story about it." As of tomorrow, his fictional tales -- no less than 20 and no more than 300 words -- will be available for purchase at his first signing. 

The West Palm Beach resident was initially inspired by an encounter with a red fire hydrant. "He looked so happy, with his arms out, and his big nose sticking out at me," Polkovitz remembers. It put him in a great mood, so he posted it with some text on Facebook, and he says, "the response was remarkable." 

While he thought putting his photos and stories on the web was just for fun, others encouraged him to publish it. A successful Kickstarter campaign later, and they got their wish. 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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