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On the Benefits of a Lego Heart... photo
January 30, 2013 | Fiction

On the Benefits of a Lego Heart...

Matthew Burnside

In my mind, I had already built a Lego wall around the perimeter of the yard, tall as the Siamese twin magnolia trees I sometimes sat in...

January 29, 2013 | Fiction


Susie Mee

I was in this movie. I was in this movie. I was in it. I was there. I was ripping in and out of the titles as they blinked<a class="more" href="/web_features/i-was-in-this-movie">... more</a>

Toyota photo
January 26, 2013 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

Burns looks out toward the road. He puts a hand up to the glass and shakes his head. “I can’t believe this,” he says, his breath fogging the<a class="more" href="/web_features/toyota">... more</a>

From the Vault: Fitzhugh Falls by Todd Cantrell photo
December 28, 2012 | from the vault, Fiction

From the Vault: Fitzhugh Falls by Todd Cantrell

Jensen Beach looks back at Todd Cantrell's "Fitzhugh Falls" from Hobart January '11.

Lexus photo
December 25, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

Cynthia wakes to coffee smell and the sounds of William getting breakfast ready for the kids. She closes her eyes and for a moment, it is as<a class="more" href="/web_features/lexus">... more</a>

Elliptical photo
December 20, 2012 | Fiction


Ross McMeekin

Lugging along next to me on the elliptical is an older gentleman – about the age my dad would have been – wearing two high-tech knee braces, fit with gears and everything, and what looks like an old-fashioned weight belt. He’s a regular at the fitness center, same as me. We’ve acknowledged each other on occasion and said a thing or two in the sauna, but never a real question-and-answer. I’ve always wondered about his knees.

Bad Guy photo
December 18, 2012 | Fiction

Bad Guy

Elliot Sanders

Bad guy has no luck.  Here he is walking the aisles of the home and garden center, checking hoses for flexibility, thickness.  

Luc Bustomanta photo
December 17, 2012 | Fiction

Luc Bustomanta

Becky Tuch

When it starts to rain we cross the street. I don’t know where we’re going, but something warm and scattered is jumping underneath my skin. He leads me to the door of an apartment building, nudges me onto its small step. Then, smooth as a cloud moving across the sky, he presses his body against mine.

The Way We Sleep Blog Tour photo
December 16, 2012 | Fiction

The Way We Sleep Blog Tour

The Way We Sleep, an anthology of prose, comics, interviews, all about how we spend our time in and around beds was<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-way-we-sleep-blog-tour">... more</a>

A.D.T. photo
December 12, 2012 | Fiction


Linda McCullough Moore

The A.D.T. man has only come to fix the security system, check each connect, repair the wire that’s frayed, reprogram the alarm before he drives off to do the same thing three blocks over. He wants no part in these people’s lives, he has no heart to join their quest for the secure, their rich man fantasy they can protect themselves, if only they will pay.

Three Stories photo
December 11, 2012 | Fiction

Three Stories

Sarah Ciston

We imagine all nightmare scenarios, where you do not text us back because you are dead, and won’t we look insensitive for imagining that you hate us.

Kentucky Fried Chicken photo
December 9, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Dave Housley

You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time in the evening. But here you are, and you cannot<a class="more" href="/web_features/kentucky-fried-chicken">... more</a>

December 7, 2012 | Breaking Bad fiction


PR Griffis

Aaron “Jesse Pinkman” Paul and Mister White (aka Heisenberg, aka Walt, aka Bryan “Malcolm’s Dad” Cranston) are making meth in a cavernous and secret meth-cave.

Your Gedanken Collection photo
December 6, 2012 | Fiction

Your Gedanken Collection

Kenton K Yee

You win the Nobel Prize for the photoelectric effect but your relativity theory is what makes you famous.

Road Snacks photo
December 4, 2012 | Fiction

Road Snacks

Heidi Diehl

The prison is a test market—a closed circuit, a place where candymakers can focus on the choices made when options are limited. Research into what people will eat when they have nowhere to go.

The Fear of Secretarial Errors photo
December 3, 2012 | Fiction

The Fear of Secretarial Errors

Rupprecht Mayer (Translation by Kenneth Kronenberg)

On the one hand, it was tough for Tessa to be let go by the Internet company, but it meant that she could now fulfill<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-fear-of-secretarial-errors">... more</a>

Intuit GoPayment photo
December 2, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Intuit GoPayment

Dave Housley


Derek barely slows down at intersections. Not anymore. Not since we got that card reader and “set out toward the<a class="more" href="/web_features/intuit-gopayment">... more</a>

A Change of Seasons photo
November 29, 2012 | Fiction

A Change of Seasons

Nathan Oates

No one called it a plague at first.  We weren’t the kind of people who used words like that, words heavy with the suggestion of some greater force, but the idea was there, almost from the beginning, skittering around in the back of my head, peeking out into the light.

A Multitude of Chairs photo
November 27, 2012 | Fiction

A Multitude of Chairs

Michael Magnes

The table is in the room and the room has a table in it

Whistle photo
November 26, 2012 | Fiction


William VanDenBerg

At 32 she whistled for the first time and was alarmed by her talent.

All God's Children photo
November 21, 2012 | Fiction

All God's Children

Tawnysha Greene

On the day we come with Daddy down the mountain, Momma wakes us up early while Daddy's still asleep, pulls out white poster boards, markers from the closet, and together, we draw babies. Heads with black eyes, bodies curled, hands in mouths, a blue cord running from their bellies to somewhere off the page.

Husbands, Wives, Husbands, Children, and Wives photo
November 19, 2012 | Fiction

Husbands, Wives, Husbands, Children, and Wives

Beau Golwitzer

A tiny husband lay in a pool of blood beneath him.

Subway photo
November 18, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

The first thing was, everybody’s voices changed. Not changed deeper, like puberty. This was changing back: they went high, squeaky, like we<a class="more" href="/web_features/subway">... more</a>

Wash Theory photo
November 14, 2012 | Fiction

Wash Theory

Anthony Varallo

Plates, large:
Stack in bottom row.  Front side should face the rinse cylinder.  Do not face plates away from the rinse cylinder.   Do<a class="more" href="/web_features/wash-theory">... more</a>

Brief Encounters With Famous Women, Famous Men, Fictional Men photo
November 13, 2012 | Fiction

Brief Encounters With Famous Women, Famous Men, Fictional Men

Roxane Gay and xTx

Morgan Freeman makes me cry.

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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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.