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June 1, 2009 | Fiction

Some Kind of Memorial

B.J. Hollars and Brendan Todt

Georgia Ambler used to jog on Thursdays while Jake and I shot baskets in the drive. "You're outta shape, old man," Jake laughed, doubled over himself. Locking his hands to his knees, Jake spit

June 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Cow

Jeff Kass

When Larry hit the cow on the two-lane highway in Virginia, the face of the cow, its open mouth hurtling past the driver's-side window, scared him most. He was on his way to Charlottesville to

June 1, 2009 | Fiction

Terror, Not Terror

Kyle Beachy

When they told us that the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, had been destroyed by a crude but powerful bomb — TERRORIST, they said, TERROR, with the same rote certitude of those who chant

June 1, 2009 | Fiction

SpinningaGoodYarn.com FAQ

Eric Vrooman

Do you really spend 80% of your free time knitting?

Yes. I've knit during a blackout and a brownout, on the back seat of a double bike, on the beach during the eye of a hurricane, and during a

May 1, 2009 |

The Great Perhaps (an excerpt)

Joe Meno

Fourteen years old, Thisbe Casper has begun riding her bicycle around Hyde Park looking for God. Before each school day and after, she pedals up and down the street in a gray skirt and blue

May 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Norman Lock

Blake Butler



I see the dates on the work go from 1996-2004. Were these written one by one and then later compiled in a certain order? How did the construction process for Grim

May 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Joe Meno

Douglas Light

Joe Meno is the author of six books, most recently the story collection Demons in the Spring and The Boy Detective Fails. His new novel, The Great Perhaps, is out in May.


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May 1, 2009 | Fiction


David Aichenbaum

The man and the woman he plans to marry are almost playing croquet in Jamaica. They don't know the rules. There are heavy mallets and dusty colored balls, worn rough by the rolling years. There are

May 1, 2009 | Fiction

Ode to a Bad Album: The Rolling Stones' Some Girls (1978)

Scott Garson

Track #8: "Before They Make Me Run"

We walked home along the railroad tracks. One day I tried to time my stride so each foot would come down on a weathered tie and not the cinder stone. I was

May 1, 2009 | Fiction

How I Run

Sean Lovelace

I don't dream at all unless napping. I've probably had three naps in my lifetime. When I sit at my desk my legs snap in the breeze. They tingle and flicker. They want to do something. A metabolism

May 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Quality Controller

T. M. De Vos

He was temping at a website, one of those online radio stations that you could customize based on music you already liked. It was backed up by evidence, a tab you could click to find out which of

May 1, 2009 | Fiction


Stephanie Johnson

When the weatherman warns the roads will become impassable, your mother sends your father out for supplies. Your mother tucks the money in your mitten. She sends you along to keep him

April 1, 2009 | Fiction

Heart of the Hide

Paul Silverman

Frank wanted a "heart of the hide" glove ever since he was in the PeeWees, but the dad of all knowledge said nothing doing, a glove like that had to be earned, game by game, and by earned he didn't

April 1, 2009 | Fiction

Defending Reggie

Litsa Dremousis

"Becca, you're in charge," Mom said, craning her neck around the driver's side burgundy vinyl headrest. "I'm picking you kids up in three hours at this exact spot, in front of Gate D. Do not, I

April 1, 2009 | Fiction


Jim Ruland

The phone rings. You can a) get out of the hot tub, b) tell Graciela to get it, or 3) send Roberto. Answering the phone, however, would ultimately interrupt Graciela, who is in the hot tub with

April 1, 2009 | Fiction

His Point of Sadness Now Becoming Light

Adam Robinson

There he was in the dugout crying.

All the guys were on the field. They were slugging it out because what were they supposed to do? Clint got beamed in the small and Gary charged from the

April 1, 2009 | Fiction

Man's Man

Simon A. Smith

As soon as Joey Steinbach's foot sprung from second base and he made the turn, there was no unplugging it. He'd decided back on first base that if the ball even skimmed the outfield grass he was

April 1, 2009 | Poetry

The Eric Chavez Sonnets

Jesse Morse

September 9, 2007

Add incandescent dedication to six gold gloves
and get a damaged biceps tendon, a bad back and
a "loose body" removed from the bicep joint
in a

April 1, 2009 | Fiction

Some Little-Known Statistical Anomalies in the Game of Baseball

J. Ryan Stradal

It is not for nothing that baseball has existed since 1846 and now encompasses 30 teams playing 162 games each a year. In that span of time, speculative taxonomists and fly-by-night actuaries have

April 1, 2009 | Poetry

Baseball Haiku(s)!

coach wont stop yelling
"watch the signs from the bench coach!"
but i hate bunting
- Brad Epperson

Swing Through
In sheer disbelief
Having swung through the fastball

March 1, 2009 | Fiction

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

Robert Swartwood

I stop at a 7-Eleven for a pack of gum. I give the cashier a twenty.

"You don't have any ones?" the cashier asks.

I don't, but I say I do anyway.

The cashier just stares at me.


March 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Pastry Chef

Nathan Leslie

So, my step-sister Alice. She divorces her husband of ten years. Bart. High school sweethearts. Sad, sad, sad. Claims he beat her. Wins 75% in court. Unheard of, her lawyer says. But abuse factored

March 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Importance of Reading Ernest

Jimmy Chen

His caps lock button broke and he could only type in capital letters. He spent a notable portion of his money on hos and could not buy a new keyboard. When he emailed his friends they wrote back

March 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Daughter's Name is Daughter

Benjamin Buchholz


so there's this girl, as there always is, except she's a movie star, which figures, since this is me, telling you a story you aren't likely to believe anyhow, and she's not very

March 1, 2009 | Interview

Interview with Erin McGraw

Bryan Furuness

Erin McGraw teaches writing at Ohio State, where she works with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins. She's the author of The Good Life, Lies of the Saint, and The Baby Tree. In her latest

February 1, 2009 | Interview

Interview with Paul Maliszewski

Sean Carman

Paul Maliszewski's Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters and Other Great Pretenders, was published in January by The New Press. The book is a collection of essays, interviews, and reports

February 1, 2009 | Fiction

Hawkgirl in High School

R.L. Futrell & P. Kevin Heath

1. Sweet Sixteen:


She is thinking of her father at the breakfast table, reading the paper. Can almost hear him humming softly to himself. Can hear the slow crunch of cereal and the

February 1, 2009 | Fiction

Three Mississippi Fictions

Alan Rossi

1. Janie

When I was sixteen, my dad's new wife and her daughter, Mary Ann, moved in, so I had to get out. I found a burned-out one story place on Corey Road near the gas plant. When it wasn't

February 1, 2009 | Fiction

Choose One

Blythe Winslow

At some point, the people in their thirties and forties decided to go one of two ways: dog fighting, or dog grooming. It was a simple choice, really, and one for which their childhoods and young

February 1, 2009 | Fiction


Brandi Wells

On the way home, Jill pulls through Dairy Queen and orders a burger and a butterscotch sundae. Her boyfriend orders the same thing, three large fries and a dilly bar. They eat while Jill drives,