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Fingerbone photo
November 30, 2017 | Fiction

Fingerbone

Melanie Ritzenthaler

They never seemed to notice me, not even when I rolled up my uniform skirt, like the other girls did, and walked the stairs in front of them.

A Man Protects His Home photo
November 28, 2017 | Fiction

A Man Protects His Home

David Gerow

I’m in the parking lot, I’ve got Sarah’s prescription, Sarah’s my wife, and I see him.

Osama bin Laden.

Dog photo
November 27, 2017 | Fiction

Dog

Brian Phillip Whalen

“Violent dog,” I said, passing the leash to Karen.

“Just toothy,” Karen said, blotting her knuckle with gauze.  “He’ll live alone.”

North of Eden photo
November 24, 2017 | Fiction

North of Eden

Sarah Harris Wallman

We went to the college up north to get away from our families, but we didn’t leave behind our need for something like a domestic bond. 

The Drive-Thru photo
November 21, 2017 | Fiction

The Drive-Thru

Ashira Shirali

Aaina’s mom collects shiny things like a magpie. The one time Aaina sneaked me into her house, I walked past rows of gold photo frames, silver handicraft elephants and raindrop chandeliers.

Dreams About Water photo
November 17, 2017 | Fiction

Dreams About Water

Duncan Whitmire

“I saw you by the river last night,” Amy says, her eyes still closed and half-covered by strands of almond-brown hair. “Why didn’t you follow me?” 

Men Decide They Want Something photo
November 16, 2017 | Fiction

Men Decide They Want Something

Michelle Ross

They laid out their sweat-stained clothing while the geyser was quiet, placid. They backed away and waited for her to erupt. 

There was no doubt in Bea’s mind that they referred to the geyser as “she.” 

The Great Iowa State Fair Haiku Contest photo
November 8, 2017 | Fiction

The Great Iowa State Fair Haiku Contest

Gary Britson

I am glad to report that the Great Iowa State Fair Haiku Contest was a roaring success. 

Halloween II photo
October 31, 2017 | Fiction

Halloween II

Elizabeth Ellen

I smile into the mirror. There is lipstick on my front teeth. I don’t rub it off.

Buzz photo
October 31, 2017 | Fiction

Buzz

Alexander Cendrowski

By the time the workers broke through my ear drum, I couldn’t hear anything anyway.

 
Halloween photo
October 30, 2017 | Fiction

Halloween

Elizabeth Ellen

I have trouble sleeping in open spaces, I tell Saul. There is a blanket on the floor of my closet.

The Metal Years photo
October 19, 2017 | Fiction

The Metal Years

Jessica Shoemaker

She didn’t spend her senior year serving soft serve and saving for a bus ticket to Los Angeles when she turned eighteen to end up riding a tandem bike around the park with some guy whose shorts were too short.

Slow Motion Heroics photo
October 16, 2017 | Fiction

Slow Motion Heroics

Joshua James Amberson

He had a few of the things that fooled the casual observer into thinking they were dealing with a grown man—useless gadgets, a five o'clock shadow, shirts with buttons on them—but in recent years he had given up the ruse and had reverted, at least internally, to the one thing that had made him happy as a child: baseball.

The Subtle Zeitgeist of Public Transport photo
September 27, 2017 | Fiction

The Subtle Zeitgeist of Public Transport

Grayson Elorreaga

One summer morning, Lyle Condy was cycling down the steep, straight hill of Magdalene Road in the city of Cambridge. His bike had a bell in strict accordance with local ordinances regarding cycling. 

Raindance photo
September 25, 2017 | Fiction

Raindance

Reggie Mills

Months ago. Here it is me at the grocery getting flowers and deli meats and here’s the little boy with his face soft and fluffy and pink. 

Come, Love photo
September 20, 2017 | Fiction

Come, Love

Miriam Cohen

He was at the window. I heard the tap-tap-tap.

Mema's Alaskan Taco Hut photo
September 20, 2017 | Fiction

Mema's Alaskan Taco Hut

Lauren Dostal

After, we slunk back to Mema’s Alaskan Taco Hut and I crawled into a booth and ordered with two fingers like we were... more

Like Mennonite Girls in the Bus Station Looking at Brochures photo
September 19, 2017 | Fiction

Like Mennonite Girls in the Bus Station Looking at Brochures

Laura Scalzo

 

Our language is rapid and hard but we’re young so we giggle, too. We’re loitering. We pool our change to buy chips from the machine. Someone is expecting us. We’re not free.  

 

 

New Mother photo
September 18, 2017 | Fiction

New Mother

Brianna McNish

“I don’t like how her flesh looks,” my daughter tells me. According to Phoebe, this woman has the flesh of a winter peach.

Buddy photo
September 13, 2017 | Fiction

Buddy

Dana Diehl

“We made out once,” my sister says. I thought “I was in love with him for a night.”

Exposure photo
September 11, 2017 | Fiction

Exposure

Kat Gonso

My daughter Lisbeth checks Missy’s gums for bleeders. “Sometimes the damage done takes generations to make itself known,” she says, nodding along with her words, agreeing with herself. 

Clown College photo
September 8, 2017 | Fiction

Clown College

Sophia Veltfort

By now Lena was supposed to be the version of herself at whom people looked twice, and whom Alec missed, at home, now that they lived together. But she was still just herself, in stockings and hoodie, her face half-done. 

Mail From The Person You Ate photo
September 6, 2017 | Fiction

Mail From The Person You Ate

Jennifer Fliss

At first Margaret went around whispering about the rape. The rape? Her rape? Did she own it? Did she have to keep it? Did she share it? 

Four Excerpts from Temporal photo
September 5, 2017 | Fiction

Four Excerpts from Temporal

Troy James Weaver

Don’t know whether I was really desperate for weed or just plain curious about that dude, Duffy, but for whatever reason, I found myself back at his trailer, on the couch, watching TV and smoking his shit.

Funeral photo
September 1, 2017 | Fiction

Funeral

Gwen Werner

We move next door to a gas station. The town is small. No stoplights. Small enough that beer is delivered from a single brewery in a single form: light.

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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.