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Serve and Protect Yourself photo
May 25, 2018 | Fiction

Serve and Protect Yourself

Al Kratz

The officer put me on the street behind my truck. I felt the control. It didn’t feel good. 

The Difficulty of Learning to Say Yes photo
May 18, 2018 | Fiction

The Difficulty of Learning to Say Yes

Craig Fishbane

Naoko knew all too well how difficult it was to imbibe the air of a foreign culture. She had matriculated for a year at the University of Santa Barbara to study saxophone and marked each day as a progression from one shameful moment to the next.

Nights Like This photo
May 16, 2018 | Fiction

Nights Like This

Teague von Bohlen

It’s that night in the summer when your open windows mean nothing, when your bed is just stuffed heat

Shredded Cheese photo
May 15, 2018 | Fiction

Shredded Cheese

Eric Bosse

My daughter stood on tiptoe by the metal grocery cart and told me we needed two more bags of Colby Jack. 

Your Father Devouring His Short Stack photo
May 14, 2018 | Fiction

Your Father Devouring His Short Stack

Geoff Peck

He had a disciplined approach to all things that surely came from the military. For breakfast it was always two hard boiled eggs – you imagined he swallowed them whole – but on the road, he allowed one indulgence: a short stack of pancakes.

Moonlight photo
May 10, 2018 | Fiction

Moonlight

Sophie Narod

If I had to choose one moment that convinced me of my own insignificance, it would be that time I saw the world spin.

Lyrical Realism photo
May 10, 2018 | Fiction

Lyrical Realism

Sonia Feigelson

“I was just thinking about you,” he emailed, a week later. “I’m rereading The Bell Jar.”

West Virginia Fictions photo
May 9, 2018 | Fiction

West Virginia Fictions

Juliet Escoria

They were not in Brooklyn, California, a nice suburb outside D.C.

They were in West Virginia.

You Are Just a Name I Wrote on My Hand photo
May 9, 2018 | Fiction

You Are Just a Name I Wrote on My Hand

Greg Rhyno

Hey, here’s an idea: how about you don’t spend half the period texting your boyfriend, and then he won’t dump you in the middle of class. Ever think of that? Maybe you talk to him like a human being instead of sending him a bunch of fucking sideways sad faces. 

An Uprising of Horses at the Schaumburg Medieval Times photo
May 7, 2018 | Fiction

An Uprising of Horses at the Schaumburg Medieval Times

Matthew Fogarty

The first line in the Medieval Times employee handbook is “The King always wins” even though really it’s the Champion Knight who wins and every move of the nightly joust is scripted to ensure that always happens...

Jelly photo
May 4, 2018 | Fiction

Jelly

Joseph Grantham

Everyday we took Jelly for a walk on the track.
If Julia was busy teaching, Scott and I took Jelly.
If Scott was busy teaching, Julia and I took Jelly.

Eat This photo
May 4, 2018 | Fiction

Eat This

Susan Kemp

My friend Jamie holds out a thistle bloom, her fingers curved gingerly around the prickles. “Eat this,” she says. 

Angel Baby photo
May 3, 2018 | Fiction

Angel Baby

Elisia Mirabelli

Anthony was my reason for everything ... for South Park, for Tupac, for horror movies, for music that sounded like screaming, for my parents' vodka, my sister’s mascara, for all the girls I put down.

Waiting In Line photo
May 3, 2018 | Fiction

Waiting In Line

Brittany Ackerman

What we really wanted was to be older.  What we really wanted was for something to happen, take us away from Florida and into the rest of our lives, but that doesn't happen for teenagers, not so much, and so we stood and waited.

Early Retirement photo
May 2, 2018 | Fiction

Early Retirement

Christopher S. Bell

Civil War Day was a staple at Reginald Middle School, implemented somewhere in the shady patriotism of the Reagan era before carrying through as tradition.

Single photo
April 25, 2018 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Single

Jon Lee-Casco

She grips the bat the proper way, the way Dad taught her. Right over left, the knuckles lined up like railroad tracks or piano keys, two of... more

Having a Catch with Dad Is Much Harder Than Field of Dreams Makes It Out to Be photo
April 10, 2018 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Having a Catch with Dad Is Much Harder Than Field of Dreams Makes It Out to Be

Patrick Walczy

In the original cut of the movie, Ray says, “You wanna have a catch?” But test audiences were disappointed with the complete lack of father-son acknowledgement.

Last Meal photo
March 28, 2018 | Fiction

Last Meal

Vicki Patschke

“It’s time to choose,” the prison warden gruffly informed the man on death row. 

Cleaning photo
March 27, 2018 | Fiction

Cleaning

Glen Pourciau

On my way to somewhere else, I happen to pass my ex-boyfriend Rob’s apartment, months since I’ve seen him, but he’s been showing up in my sleep recently, making me roll and grumble.

This is Saturday photo
March 22, 2018 | Fiction

This is Saturday

Leonora Desar

That’s what your parents say when they come in with their Santa suits. But it’s not Saturday. It’s Tuesday. It’s time to go to school.

Summer photo
March 20, 2018 | Fiction

Summer

Jenny Wu

I’ve been shipped off to spend the summer with my uncle in Beijing. There is my face in the computer’s reflective meniscus, watching his stocks.

Lucky Numbers photo
March 16, 2018 | Fiction

Lucky Numbers

Cavin Bryce

At the age of sixteen I worked a job digging holes. Sometimes it was ditches, other times it was retention ponds.The work was as hard as... more

Maggie and Her Gusto photo
March 14, 2018 | Fiction

Maggie and Her Gusto

Oliver Zarandi

We agreed to meet in a bar known as the ‘anus of the city.’ It had terrible lighting which obscured its ugly regulars. The regulars had heads like onions with names like Fred, Harry, Deborah, Henrietta. Years of drinking had withered their necks to the size of cocktail sticks and I didn’t pity them because I liked hating them.

All Women photo
March 12, 2018 | Fiction

All Women

Rachel Gray

She liked to take care of me and I let her. “Sorry about the bread,” she said, handing me a full plate. “It got soggy.”

We ate in the... more

Why I Won't Work At The Mill photo
March 6, 2018 | Fiction

Why I Won't Work At The Mill

Nicholas Rys

The main thing about washing dishes at Ronny’s Café is I can come into work pretty fucked up and no one seems to notice—least of all Todd. 

Recent Books

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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

A 400-page collection of poems in fours sections: Nicki Minaj Songs, Bob Dylan Songs, Elliott Smith Songs, and 90s Riot Grrrls Songs.

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!

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Dualities

Jason Phoebe Rusch

Jason Phoebe Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs. His full-length debut Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.