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Rising Inaction photo
August 17, 2018 | Nonfiction

Rising Inaction

Ash Sanders

It’s Saturday night, and I am cleaning the kitchen because it’s easier than cleaning up my life; I am putting away dishes because I... more

Fun Facts photo
August 15, 2018 | Nonfiction

Fun Facts

Donald Ryan

What do you get when you mix and elephant with a rhino?

Elephino.

That joke has always held a special place with me. I first heard it... more

The Beauty Mark photo
August 14, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Beauty Mark

Rani Neutill

“You are cursed,” my Dida said, solidifying the bells of mortality that were ringing.
Ki?” I responded, my eyes wide with fear and panic.
“There is a beauty mark here inside you. It means you are cursed with sexiness.”

This Is What (Real) Freedom Is photo
August 10, 2018 | Nonfiction

This Is What (Real) Freedom Is

Nikki Lyssy

It doesn’t matter how many times the essayist — the blind essayist — tries to write what it’s like being in the driver’s... more

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Memorabilia photo
August 8, 2018 | Nonfiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": Memorabilia

Alyssa Oursler

I made eye contact, made the purchase, stored it between other magazines on my bookshelf.

Requiem photo
August 1, 2018 | Nonfiction

Requiem

C. Alessandra Colaianni

On the street, the music thundered from an unseen source, day and night – but it was, oddly, only audible from the sidewalk. Once ensconced inside our house, we forgot about it, as we neglected so many external things during medical school.

The Most Logical Scramble Imaginable photo
July 31, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Most Logical Scramble Imaginable

Michael Mungiello

These days writers are obsessed with themselves and once upon a time they were exactly the same way, obsessed with... more

How Vanilla Became White photo
July 27, 2018 | Nonfiction

How Vanilla Became White

Deborah Thompson

A spoonful of vanilla ice cream crosses oceans of history. Hold that dollop on the back of your tongue.  Consider.

Today,... more

An Act of Faith photo
July 25, 2018 | Nonfiction

An Act of Faith

Will McMillan

“God is good!” my uncle Albert chanted, and his congregation agreed in full force.

YES! AMEN! YES GOD, AMEN!

“God is willing to... more

Shitcanned: My Parallel Year with Hillary Clinton (ftg. Bradley Whitford) photo
July 24, 2018 | Nonfiction

Shitcanned: My Parallel Year with Hillary Clinton (ftg. Bradley Whitford)

Amanda McNeil

My sister once told me if you clench your butt cheeks together you won’t cry, a tip she learned from a hairdresser. I took a deep breath and went back to my office with my boss, squeezing my ass cheeks as tight I as could. 

Baptism photo
July 19, 2018 | Nonfiction

Baptism

Savannah Brooks

At eighteen I got two stars tattooed on my ankle. I used to tell people a variety of stories: they were falling stars, they were the stars from... more

It Matters What You Call A Thing photo
July 19, 2018 | Nonfiction

It Matters What You Call A Thing

Tariq al Haydar

The following is either a CONFESSION or a LIE or a LITERARY EXPERIMENT. Choose Your Own Adventure. If you would like... more

Kurt Cobain Doesn't Know Much Of Anything photo
July 16, 2018 | Nonfiction

Kurt Cobain Doesn't Know Much Of Anything

Michael Stutz

What I've written here is, of course, something that Kurt Cobain will never know. On April 8, the discovery... more

"Talkin' Bout Practice": March Madness photo
July 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": March Madness

Alyssa Oursler

This wasn’t supposed to be an essay.

Things in my Room: The Bunting photo
July 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: The Bunting

Martha Grover

I became obsessed with the idea of bunting. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to make my own.

Turning 40 photo
July 10, 2018 | Nonfiction

Turning 40

Larissa Kosmos

After I turned thirty-five, the age of forty circled me like a shark. My dread of it intensified with each passing year. On my thirty-eighth... more

Desperately Seeking Whoopi: Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Motorcity Casino, Detroit, Friday, June 15th, 2018 photo
June 28, 2018 | Nonfiction

Desperately Seeking Whoopi: Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Motorcity Casino, Detroit, Friday, June 15th, 2018

Elizabeth Ellen

Ironically, hours before we went to see Whoopi, I texted two friends from my bathtub that I didn’t think I would ever write another essay. It was “too hard.” “People only want to vilify you, so they look for words to use to that end, and ignore the rest of what you’ve said.”

ugly dusk photo
June 26, 2018 | Nonfiction

ugly dusk

Logan February

Jack Daniel screams his way down my throat & it’s a dry thrust.

Things in my Room: Versace Gold Duffel Bag photo
June 22, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: Versace Gold Duffel Bag

Martha Grover

Now I’m not dating anymore and I use the gold duffel bag to haul my belongings from one house-sitting gig to the next.

Breaking Up With Pathology photo
June 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

Breaking Up With Pathology

Sara Greenslit

At first, it seemed like a poet’s dream day job. A job of watching, then describing.

The Shape of a Story photo
June 4, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Shape of a Story

Jason Schwartzman

“Bit ‘im in the jugular,” the truck driver tells me about the bear ten feet away, describing the day the bear went crazy.

Things in my room: Shrine photo
June 1, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my room: Shrine

Martha Grover

The morning of our second date I drew a card – now I can’t remember which one...

Things in my Room: Mirror Ball photo
May 11, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: Mirror Ball

Martha Grover

It’s someone’s job to bury the dead.

The Unfinished City photo
May 1, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Unfinished City

Barrett Bowlin

On my last night in Zhenjiang, the three other laowai and I—each of us western foreigners: three upstaters and a guy from Toronto—walk the condominium-lined miles out to the banks of the Yangtze river.

Ground Rules photo
April 27, 2018 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Ground Rules

Shana Agid

Summers to Harridge, April 20, 1950: I am writing to inform you of the changes in the Washington ball park. It is rather difficult to... more

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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.