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Leftovers photo
November 11, 2014 | Fiction

Leftovers

Lauren Vevers

I start working in the bakery because I think of it as romantic. I count each sugared donut while composing hypothetical letters to past... more

Animals photo
November 11, 2014 | Fiction

Animals

Joe Lucido

Another dry day, so I build my wall—cinderblocks delivered to my driveway— and another house for sale sign comes down and the new neighbors,... more

Cowboys Don't Eat Their Horses photo
November 6, 2014 | Fiction

Cowboys Don't Eat Their Horses

Steven W. McCarty

Before I was fired from Pinnacle Heating & Air, my boss had me drive to Limon to pick up the most expensive... more

Hold On photo
November 4, 2014 | Fiction

Hold On

Steve Karas

Ethan’s virtual shrink said this would be good for him. It’s his first time in a human touch center, even though they’ve been popping up... more

Plotlines from TV’s The Sopranos Re-Interpreted by Lydia Davis photo
November 3, 2014 | TV, Fiction

Plotlines from TV’s The Sopranos Re-Interpreted by Lydia Davis

Christian Hayden

The Mortadella

Sometimes when my husband and I argue he eats... more

Ghost photo
October 31, 2014 | Fiction

Ghost

Kevin Maloney

Two days before Halloween I caught my wife having sex with my best friend Dave in a position we’d never tried in seven years of marriage. She... more

Nelson from The Simpsons photo
October 30, 2014 | Fiction

Nelson from The Simpsons

Roshan Abraham

Nelson stands on the corner of two major intersections in Springfield. He stands inert, periodically blinking as if waiting... more

Vincent Peppers At The Podium photo
October 27, 2014 | Fiction

Vincent Peppers At The Podium

Shane Jones

Good morning. Vincent Peppers here and I just thought this day is a grave. Terrible words to have running through your... more

Transcript Sept. 14 photo
October 22, 2014 | Fiction

Transcript Sept. 14

Josh Mattson

Did you eat?

Yes.

There’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Oh, good. I’ll have some later.

And... more

6 Fictions photo
October 22, 2014 | Fiction

6 Fictions

Mel Bosworth & Ryan Ridge

Recovery

After draining the toilet I put everything in the toilet. I drank a bottle of cough syrup and went outside. The cat spoke to... more

Nubbins photo
October 15, 2014 | Fiction

Nubbins

Charlie Griggs

Look at me.

Look at all the neat things I can do. Can you do this?

Follow me. Do like I'm doing. Put your stomach flat on the floor,... more

Debt Collecting photo
October 14, 2014 | Fiction

Debt Collecting

Beau Golwitzer

Luis was walking home from work one evening when a man stepped in front of him, blocking his way on the sidewalk.

The man was... more

The New Chief of Cyclops Island Makes Five Promises photo
October 9, 2014 | Fiction

The New Chief of Cyclops Island Makes Five Promises

Lindsay Merbaum

The afternoon we chose the new chief of Cyclops Island, we stood in a circle at the top of the... more

Intro photo
September 29, 2014 | Fiction

Intro

Glen Pourciau

Exposing your teeth is mandatory in these situations, and if you don’t show your teeth it is at least subconsciously noted, questions are being asked in the back of the other person’s mind. Where are this guy’s teeth? Is he ashamed of them?

Verdict photo
September 24, 2014 | Fiction

Verdict

Alison Mccabe

Wednesday morning, I grew a third eye, and no one had the basic human decency to look the other way. 

Ruth vs. the Klingon photo
September 17, 2014 | Fiction

Ruth vs. the Klingon

John Haggerty

Gene is fluent in Klingon, comfortable even with the tricky irregular conjugations of the stative verbs

Peanuts photo
September 15, 2014 | Fiction

Peanuts

Stephanie MacLean

The donkey got loose at about noon. 

Guardians photo
September 12, 2014 | Fiction

Guardians

Dave Housley

A fireball erupted and everything whooshed. The Space Cowboy flew through the air. The Alien Girl covered her lovely head, but not before... more

The Hat photo
September 10, 2014 | Fiction

The Hat

Sam Wilson

The weekend in Portland, Oregon, had been our first vacation without kids in almost five years, and I'd had this vision that my wife and I would feel unshackled and adventuresome again.

To Speak of the Woe that is in Marriage by Robert Lowell photo
September 8, 2014 | Fiction

To Speak of the Woe that is in Marriage by Robert Lowell

Suzanne Scanlon

Roxana and Robert are in therapy because they argue: about the baby, about the laundry, about therapy, and about therapy, too.

Quit-Rent photo
September 3, 2014 | Fiction

Quit-Rent

Nat Schmookler

The rent-paying, however, would be largely theoretical: his savings long since spent, he would be using the money she and her husband endlessly credited him without interest

Horrible Things Happen photo
August 21, 2014 | Fiction

Horrible Things Happen

Adam Lefton

Can you teach an eighteen-year-old trauma? 

Tulips photo
August 19, 2014 | Fiction

Tulips

Virginia Konchan

Imaginary Audience, who is messing with whose head? Can therapy make one worse than one was before going in?

A Valley of Towers photo
August 14, 2014 | Fiction

A Valley of Towers

Daniel Miller

The ancient woman flicked softly on the inside of his princess’ free arm before slipping the needle inside.

Ultra Light photo
August 12, 2014 | Fiction

Ultra Light

Sam Virzi

Pretty girls appeared from behind huge wooden poles below the boardwalk.

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.