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You See What I'm Saying, Right? photo
May 12, 2021 | Fiction

You See What I'm Saying, Right?

Harris Lahti

Then a spring day burns through with such clarity Melissa asks me to help her interview dog walkers at the dog park. Not the day nurse. Not the other aid. Me—our first outing since the

The Midnight Room photo
May 12, 2021 | Fiction

The Midnight Room

Ceara Masker

Before I was me, I was somebody else, the same as we all are. A human is constantly shedding skin like a snake. It’s just a metaphor.

I learned all the tricks in middle school; I learned how to

The Romantic photo
May 11, 2021 | Fiction

The Romantic

Siamak Vossoughi

How many white girls of twelve and thirteen became the dreamed-about woman back home when I listened to Every Little Kiss by Bruce Hornsby and the Range?

YOLO photo
May 10, 2021 | Fiction

YOLO

Elizabeth Ellen

“See,” I said. “We’re both nihilists.”

 “I’m not a nihilist,” Matt said. He was at the kitchen sink filling his flask.

expiry photo
May 10, 2021 | Fiction

expiry

Molly Yingling

Organic is just another word for living, but nothing here feels alive.

The shelves are stocked with discards – twist-tied bags of stale bread crusts, canned peach pits in heavy syrup, pickled ribs

Joiner photo
May 7, 2021 | Fiction

Joiner

Crow Jonah Norlander

For the first time ever, they were being honest about their sex lives.

Wanting Nothing photo
May 6, 2021 | Fiction

Wanting Nothing

Felicia Rosemary Urso

In the morning, we don’t move. I’m satisfied. I’m easy to love. I’m not freezing and still drunk.

Mums photo
May 5, 2021 | Fiction

Mums

Adam Jeffrey Jr.

Turns out, we decided later, it was silly to try and sell flowers at all. The user experience of flowers had to be re-tooled.

Dollhouse photo
May 4, 2021 | Fiction

Dollhouse

Chloe Chun Seim

You are a person who claims you’d rather die young than spend your whole long life in Kansas, but as you hit thirty, you shrink away from this ultimatum.

Seven Ghosts photo
May 3, 2021 | Fiction

Seven Ghosts

David Mohan

Throughout our first year in that house you woke feeling this ghost’s breath on your face, and at night, sometimes, you’d jump up frantic, swearing you’d felt its grave-clasp on your ankle or arm.

National Pastime photo
April 27, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

National Pastime

Brett Biebel

Somewhere in the archives of Baseball America, there’s a story by an Italian journalist named Giovanna de la something or other, and she attempts to verify, through old box scores and personal

The New Opening Day photo
April 23, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

The New Opening Day

John Paul Carillo

The paper said my team (Sand Gnats) had a chance this year (second season with the new name), so I opened the fridge, opened a beer, sat down, and turned the TV on to watch the first game of the

The Kid photo
April 21, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

The Kid

Tommy Vollman

The one and only time I ever met Ken Griffey, Jr. was at a baseball clinic.

I was hitting off a tee when he strolled up behind me. I was 12, and Junior was still in high school, a volunteer, but

An Inning at Camden Yards photo
April 14, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

An Inning at Camden Yards

Peter Tyree Morrison Colwell

It took me all morning to build the fence.  I used old lawn chairs, cardboard boxes, and rusty sign posts from the dumpster behind 7-Eleven.  I meant for it to look like Camden Yards.  The right field

Afterparty photo
April 13, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Afterparty

Maura Monaghan

Across the basement, your best friend pitches graduation balloons like they’re weightless baseballs. You swing with a curtain rod that had fallen behind the couch (your mom will ask about that

Stickball photo
April 12, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Stickball

Nicholas DelloRusso

Mike and Nick and Tom are already playing stickball in the back lot when Dad drops you off at P.S. 236. On one brick wall they’ve chalked a strike zone, on the floor is a powder-blue pitcher’s mound

Husky Park photo
April 6, 2021 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Husky Park

T.J. Larkey

Bishop and I were smoking a joint on the pitcher’s mound. We drew dicks with our fingers next our school’s logo. It was mid-March, around midnight. I stopped drawing dicks and looked up at the empty

The Irony of Inclusion photo
March 31, 2021 | Fiction

The Irony of Inclusion

Rae Griffin

Let them do the majority of the talking. Laugh at their jokes. Ask them about their motorcycle, their new car, their recent trip to the Maldives.

Thigh Gap photo
March 29, 2021 | Fiction

Thigh Gap

Lucy Zhang

She gives me a pocketknife. It has an ergonomic handle with smartly placed finger notches, a nice stainless-steel blade that folds up, a sturdy, low-riding pocket clip—perfect for those inconvenient moments you need to cut something loose.

It Never Stops photo
March 26, 2021 | Fiction

It Never Stops

Jared Yates Sexton

By late August, Mary-Beth was sweating on her front porch swing, a bottle of Budweiser resting on the table her daughter Madison gave her for Mother’s Day a decade earlier. Mary-Beth had been watching

Dispatches photo
March 25, 2021 | Fiction

Dispatches

Jesse Salvo

I have made my decision: I am going to set myself on fire.

Pair photo
March 23, 2021 | Fiction

Pair

Matt Weinkam

It was Mr. Wexler, my old boss, who made a second me.

Gradients photo
March 18, 2021 | Fiction

Gradients

Jack Barker-Clark

We preened our signatures in the cheerful attic, Owen’s royal insignia and my fallen few ants.

Xianrenzhang photo
March 16, 2021 | Fiction

Xianrenzhang

Jiaqi Kang (亢嘉琪)

They said that Xianrenzhang took your heart because she didn’t have her own. She was looking for one that was just the right size, not too big and not too small, that she could slot into the cavern in her chest.

Trophy Black photo
March 12, 2021 | Fiction

Trophy Black

Michael Leal García

Hector loved, loved, loved having a black friend, but he could never admit it.

Recent Books

HARDCORE

Mik Grantham

 

"Mik Grantham is a real killer. One of my favorite artists working today. HARDCORE is not hard to read"

 - Bud Smith, author of Teenager (Vintage) 

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"Her Lesser Work is far and away my favorite of your books, and 'G.O.A.T' in particular is a blast of brilliance."

     -Garielle Lutz

"Um, is 'Plant Hospital' both the hottest story and the hottest piece of literary gossip of the decade?!"

     -Rebecca van Laer

Worsted

Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily

 

Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.