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The Rats photo
June 29, 2018 | Fiction

The Rats

Blake Middleton

I came home from work the other day and my next-door neighbor, Charlie, was sitting on a lawn-chair under an oak tree in his front lawn,... more

Four Poems photo
June 29, 2018 | Poetry

Four Poems

Darin Ciccotelli

Rain drags its cage / through the neighborhood. You / see nothing but // trenches. Rusty shovels, / the alien rocks sprayed / like genitals. 

Desperately Seeking Whoopi: Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Motorcity Casino, Detroit, Friday, June 15th, 2018 photo
June 28, 2018 | Nonfiction

Desperately Seeking Whoopi: Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Motorcity Casino, Detroit, Friday, June 15th, 2018

Elizabeth Ellen

Ironically, hours before we went to see Whoopi, I texted two friends from my bathtub that I didn’t think I would ever write another essay. It was “too hard.” “People only want to vilify you, so they look for words to use to that end, and ignore the rest of what you’ve said.”

Four Poems photo
June 27, 2018 | Poetry

Four Poems

Brandon Melendez

For weeks after, I watched California burn / out my window & on the evening news & the ash // in my cheeks became the only way/ to pronounce home.

ugly dusk photo
June 26, 2018 | Nonfiction

ugly dusk

Logan February

Jack Daniel screams his way down my throat & it’s a dry thrust.

Mopwater Soup photo
June 25, 2018 | Fiction

Mopwater Soup

Nikolai McLeod

McGuiness in bed with chow mien. Eyeballs floating in melatonin.

“Watch your back,” moans ceiling fan. TV glow damaging optic nerves,... more

Always an Animal at the End of the Leash photo
June 25, 2018 | Poetry

Always an Animal at the End of the Leash

Bryce Emley

My dog keeps biting me when he’s scared / and, like anyone, is always scared.

Things in my Room: Versace Gold Duffel Bag photo
June 22, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: Versace Gold Duffel Bag

Martha Grover

Now I’m not dating anymore and I use the gold duffel bag to haul my belongings from one house-sitting gig to the next.

The Devil and Ellen and Charles photo
June 22, 2018 | Fiction

The Devil and Ellen and Charles

Mary Clemens

When, on August 18, 2015, the dog the internet called “The Devil” was finally cornered by the Salt Springs police... more

Chain Restaurants, Reviewed by Poems: Culver’s photo
June 21, 2018 | Poetry

Chain Restaurants, Reviewed by Poems: Culver’s

Danny Caine

We’ve never lived in Culver’s territory and it still doesn’t

feel like we do. I mean, it’s at 33rd and Iowa and our place
is at 9th and Indiana. That’s like a 15-minute drive.

Vedran Husic Interview photo
June 21, 2018 | Interview

Vedran Husic Interview

Michael Deagler

Every writer knows the rule of ‘write what you know,’ but the interesting thing is that you don’t really know what you know until you write it.

Stolen photo
June 20, 2018 | Fiction


Cathy Mellett

When I was little, my best friend Tamara and I stole. She was a year older than I was, treated me like a little sister, and taught me all the ropes. We wore sweaters on hot summer days, dresses too big for us, huge pants with pockets. 

Three Poems photo
June 20, 2018 | Poetry

Three Poems

Tom Kelly

With the bobby pin I’ve kept beneath my tongue all morning, / my fingers spring the lock to my parent’s bedroom // where mom’s cherry lipstick glows beneath a seashell lamp. 

Vampire Weekend photo
June 19, 2018 | Jukebox Happy Hour

Vampire Weekend

Darby Cashed

You joined in, and told Danielle that she should only serve us drinks in diamond pimp glasses.

Five Poems photo
June 18, 2018 | Poetry

Five Poems

Christina Beasley

I am hairpin volcanoes and ugly seahorses. / A rejected and quaking paradise. A pile of aged-rafter / forearms. I am not a house, but a chaos of candy bones.  

Western Medicine photo
June 18, 2018 | Fiction

Western Medicine

Dylan Brown

That afternoon she insisted I wheelchair her to the gunfight.

How to Have Sex on Other Planets: The Sun & the Moon photo
June 17, 2018 | Sunday Comics

How to Have Sex on Other Planets: The Sun & the Moon

Dolan Morgan

The Man Who Rescued a Book From the Rain: A Conversation photo
June 15, 2018 | Interview

The Man Who Rescued a Book From the Rain: A Conversation

Emma Smith-Stevens

I based the Australian on a man I met in a coffee shop when I was 19. We went back to his place and did coke together, and he told me all about himself...

June 15, 2018 | Fiction


Shane Jesse Christmass

WEED MILEY. Come back to us Weed Miley. I plonk down on the water sofa. Weed Miley screams into the mirror. She had invited me to join them. Weed Miley talks here, I then talk. Weed Miley enters wearing a cloth nightgown.

Three Poems photo
June 14, 2018 | Poetry

Three Poems

Alyssandra Tobin

New Jersey as land of claws & fangs & deep fields of grass that stumble onto the side of the highway // New Jersey as fields of soft dirty ice // New Jersey as blondhairblueeyes slapping you in the face at lunch in the cafeteria in front of all your friends

Breaking Up With Pathology photo
June 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

Breaking Up With Pathology

Sara Greenslit

At first, it seemed like a poet’s dream day job. A job of watching, then describing.

Zebras and Pandas photo
June 13, 2018 | Fiction

Zebras and Pandas

Xenia Taiga

The cartels were losing the battle. Everywhere they dug they met a new obstacle. There was freshly poured concrete down their northwest tunnel. They discovered recently installed top of the line micro security cameras. They came face to face with growling German shepherds. 

Five Poems photo
June 12, 2018 | Poetry

Five Poems

Chris Hayes

I’ve mooned away my marriage, / grounded it, ripped the fuselage / in two, or is the better metaphor
to say I heard the countdown go / from ten to zero and didn’t even / try to stop my wife from breaking / the gravity of disaster planet me?

Gray Cat, Purple Rug photo
June 11, 2018 | Fiction

Gray Cat, Purple Rug

Fawzy Zablah

On that rainy morning of that last day, I delivered some homemade ajiaco, Colombian chicken soup, to my mother, and my ex-girlfriend who was expecting a child that might be her husband’s or mine.

Magical Realism, Act II photo
June 10, 2018 | Sunday Comics

Magical Realism, Act II

Nora Canby and TJ Murray (feat. Laine Kendall)

Tonight on This and Every Episode of Sons of Anarchy photo
June 8, 2018 | Fiction

Tonight on This and Every Episode of Sons of Anarchy

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky


The Club pursues a shaky business proposition, and Jax must decide where his allegiances... more

Three Poems photo
June 8, 2018 | Poetry

Three Poems

Laura Passin

Some of space is made of diamond. / Some, of booze.

Toads photo
June 8, 2018 | Fiction


Cameron Shenassa

The night I saw you on TV, I thought of the toads.

The ones we carried onto the roof of your house with a slingshot that afternoon when no one was home.

3 a.m. Playlist photo
June 6, 2018 | Jukebox Happy Hour

3 a.m. Playlist

Pune Dracker

Some songs sound best under the sun. Some are night-blooming. These you hear clear in dark-dark; maybe there are stars.


“I Go To... more

Lone Star photo
June 6, 2018 | Fiction

Lone Star

Rachel Duboff

The day we met, you told me Los Angeles was home but that you were born in Houston. It was the insurance company’s orientation day for new employees, and you were standing alone at the far table, looking around with hesitation, like a child on the first day of school.

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