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December 1, 2010 | Fiction

Almond Bark

Luke Hawley

“Whoever invented almond bark is a genius.” The microwave beeps and my sister grabs two oven mitts off the counter. She stabs the door latch on the microwave and pulls out a glass measuring bowl

December 1, 2010 | Fiction

The Orange Man

Carlin Mackie

At the hospital where my father is dying I meet an orange man. His skin is the exact color of a Clementine. He breathes from a tank that he carts around with him. “Hello kiddo” he rasps at me from

December 1, 2010 | Fiction

How to Break Bottles

Maria Romasco-Moore

To begin with, you must drink. Drink and drink and drink until your thirst is satisfied but of course your thirst is never satisfied. If you swallowed the whole ocean your thirst would not be

December 1, 2010 | Fiction


Leah Bailly

You pop your cherry on top of a cliff at sunset, with a rainbow shooting from the roof and a cream soda tingling in its can on the dash. He is named Nick and he’s totally unreal. You neck for an

November 1, 2010 | Fiction

It's Going to Be Okay, I Love You

Kristen Iskandrian

The first time I got in trouble for telling the truth it was a Monday when I was seven and my teacher asked us what we had done over the weekend. I told her that I’d spend it in bed with my dad

November 1, 2010 | Fiction

So Many States from Home

Anne Valete

Bridget stands close to the speakers, too close, feels the bass of them pound through her chest, a drumbeat, a makeshift heart.  Owen stands next to her, tall pine, a foot above her.  She feels the

November 1, 2010 | Fiction

He Maketh Fire Come Down

Jared Yates Sexton

He was on the TV again. That pudgy-faced man strutting up and down the stage. Preaching about the downfall of the species. Working himself up again until he got down on the balls of his knees and

November 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Shya Scanlon (Part 1)

Matthew Simmons

Once upon a time, there was a journal called Monkeybicycle. There is, of course, still a journal called Monkeybicycle, but there used to be one, too. And way back when, one of the guys editing that

October 1, 2010 | Fiction


Chuck Augello


My sister found a baby goat in the bathroom at McDonald’s last night.  It was right after closing and it was just Melissa and the assistant manager, a shaggy-haired guy named Kyle who was

October 1, 2010 | Fiction

Antoine is Not Here

Tom DeBeauchamp


We'd survived the rope bridge, the dangling, the torn muscles in Miriam's shoulders. We'd survived and dusted off our luggage and laid our fine things in their cabinets. We held open the door

October 1, 2010 | Fiction

Russians (from The Book of Freaks)

James Iredell

In Russia there are so many Russians! It’s like one of those neighborhoods where a bunch of Russians live, but way bigger. This place is big. It’s like they took a country the size of Russia and

October 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Grace Krilanovich

Gabriel Blackwell


One of the things that initially got me excited about The Orange Eats Creeps, before I had any notion of what it actually would be, was the incredible list of “inspirations” you compiled in

September 1, 2010 | Fiction

Suffolk Downs

Kate Petersen

A man on the blue line inbound from Wonderland scratches a lottery ticket. He stands, holding it cupped in his palm like a compass, uses a nickel from wherever. Here is my life, he thinks, flicks

September 1, 2010 | Fiction

Blue Fish Apocalypse #12 & #35

Nick Kocz

Outside, it’s raining fishes.  The clouds are as black as cauldrons and tree branches are collapsing from the weight of all the fish gob-smacking into them, and I’m just thinking something’s gone

September 1, 2010 | Fiction

I Bet I Can Find a Million People Who Hate Slab Cakes

Heather Clitheroe

The drought has been going on for so long that there's a separate number to call for grass fires. You can't call 911 anymore, so you dial 411 and instead of asking for an address or a phone number,

September 1, 2010 | Fiction


Curtis Smith

The men with the chainsaws scrambled in the trees. The boy sat across the street, his bike by his side. The earth shook with each dropped limb. A few leaves clung to the branches, the limbs’

August 1, 2010 | Interview

An Interview with Justin Taylor

Matthew Simmons

Is the world ending? Do you know something I don't?

I'm not sure what I know that you don't, but certainly nothing in re this. And yes, the world is absolutely ending. It's just a question of

August 1, 2010 | Fiction

Do You Know Jesus Christ?

Lauren Becker

Jed needed beer. It was late and we had driven by three closed liquor stores. I had a sore throat. I said we should just go to the Walgreens near his apartment.


“Really? You can’t buy

August 1, 2010 | Fiction

We Figure the Leaves

Kristine Ong Muslim

We figure the leaves will find a way back into the house, where they take more than their share of furniture. The smell of ruin and the lack of rain outside has not permeated the house yet. That

August 1, 2010 | Fiction

Arion Resigns

Matt Mullins

Mutiny is the last I remember.  being pitched over.  only to awaken here.   drowning in an Aeron chair.  typing my own ransom memo for the corporate pirates who pay me in somnambulistic days. 

August 1, 2010 | Fiction

Giant Panda Monster

Craig Renfroe

I am a fifty foot and two inch panda monster. It’s time for my sacrifice. If it’s not there, then it’s time to rampage through the village. I live out in the woods, a deep ancient forest, trees

August 1, 2010 | Fiction

The Whale and the Waterslide

Rachel Lyon

A waterslide in the middle of the ocean’s a big project. I mean, it’s a pretty enormous project. It was the board of trustees’ idea to situate the thing out in the Pacific Basin, where Canada curls

July 1, 2010 | Interview

Who is to Save Us From Western Civilization?  Andrew Ervin in conversation with Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo Ojikutu

We have a protagonist who traipses about Budapest with a copy of Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth; we have the chord pulled on a jukebox playing “Strange Fruit” in a bar called Eve and

July 1, 2010 | Fiction

A Reimagining of Five Calamitous Dutch Soccer Defeats

Karl Taro Greenfeld

1. The Netherlands 0 – Argentina 16
July 18, 1978 World Cup Final

The Dutch side were hamstrung when they were informed just minutes before the game that a new equal rights ordinance passed

July 1, 2010 | Fiction

Stop Thinking You Own the Forest

Matthew Salesses

We were in the middle of an epidemic of extrasensitive hearing. We walked around with our ears swollen and red, or lay in bed trying not to hear. We only whispered anymore, an ear-shaking whisper,

July 1, 2010 | Fiction

Three Shorts

Travis Kurowski

Since Cape of Good Hope

Terry was here with the AIDS people, but I was just visiting. I didn’t know I needed a break until the phone calls from Terry began, calls about native African pussy and

July 1, 2010 | Fiction

Not Hearing the Jingle

Brian Allen Carr

In the old yard adjacent the high school sat a green-metal box that housed an emergency generator. At least we always said it did, though I’ve unlearned plenty since those days. Used to we’d hang

July 1, 2010 | Fiction

Cownose Ray

Sara Bohannon

The beach is crowded and a handful of other vacationers see it: a flash of white just past the waves, then overturned quickly; a dark diamond shape, a splash as the stingray falls back to the

June 1, 2010 |

They Shared an Egg

John Dermot Woods

June 1, 2010 |

Rain Escape

Lydia Conklin