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Not This Town photo
December 9, 2014 | Fiction

Not This Town

Tina V. Cabrera

The fact that it happened at the town's polar bear research station is irrelevant. A polar bear didn't kill the child.

The Painter's Delay photo
December 5, 2014 | Fiction

The Painter's Delay

Matt Bell

The parents were not without greed, and so the younger painted, and as she painted the painting changed. 

Dead Poet, No Fun photo
December 2, 2014 | Fiction

Dead Poet, No Fun

Caitlin Barasch

On the night I left your apartment, my phone died.

Taco Kit photo
November 27, 2014 | Fiction

Taco Kit

Claudia Cadavid

“I’m helping you get in touch with your heritage,” Susana said to Tom, foisting the grocery bag onto the counter.  She pulled the tub of sour cream out, along with a ziploc bag of cheddar cheese

What I Could Buy photo
November 25, 2014 | Fiction

What I Could Buy

Leslie Pietrzyk

What I could buy with the insurance money they gave me when you died:

One Ferrari, red or black, assuming V-8 instead of V-12, assuming premium gas, assuming insurance, assuming no major

The God of the Living Room photo
November 25, 2014 | Fiction

The God of the Living Room

Paul Luikart

I’m in Tom's apartment staring at the big deer head he has hanging on the wall of his living room. Tom has a small place and the deer head looks enormous. Some kind of giant, mutant deer, like it's

How I Spent My Summer Vacation photo
November 20, 2014 | Fiction

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Andrew M. Howard

She asks me to tell her a story. Almost every night she can’t sleep. I’m no storyteller, I’ll say, and at first I would start off with robots and fantastic bears, trying to make my own Where the

Grand Army of the Republic Highway photo
November 19, 2014 | Fiction

Grand Army of the Republic Highway

Jacob White

I am driving through the hill country when I spot up ahead, in the dip between two hills, this young buck with his thumb out, sleeveless, flaunting the white underside of a supple tanned bicep

Him or His Brother photo
November 18, 2014 | Fiction

Him or His Brother

Anna Lea Jancewicz

I was wearing white lipstick when I pressed a kiss onto the dirty window in the back corner of his mother’s garage, pasting spider silk and bone-colored dust to the glass. I left that mark to be

Food Memories photo
November 13, 2014 | Fiction

Food Memories

Sara McGrath

The girl you spent a whole summer watching Beverly Hills 90210 and eating McDonald’s lunches with ran up behind you, taking hold of your backpack.

Somewhere Between Now and the Zucchini photo
November 13, 2014 | Fiction

Somewhere Between Now and the Zucchini

Warren Buchanan

I ran into myself at the grocery store the other day. The store had just run out of Cookie Crisp cereal. The worst part was that I'd gone to the store specifically to get the cereal, along with

Leftovers photo
November 11, 2014 | Fiction

Leftovers

Lauren Vevers

I start working in the bakery because I think of it as romantic. I count each sugared donut while composing hypothetical letters to past lovers – half-invented, half-remembered.

Last night was

Animals photo
November 11, 2014 | Fiction

Animals

Joe Lucido

Another dry day, so I build my wall—cinderblocks delivered to my driveway— and another house for sale sign comes down and the new neighbors, like the old, watch as I build a cinderblock wall around

Cowboys Don't Eat Their Horses photo
November 6, 2014 | Fiction

Cowboys Don't Eat Their Horses

Steven W. McCarty

Before I was fired from Pinnacle Heating & Air, my boss had me drive to Limon to pick up the most expensive heat pump on the market at his other store.  I almost felt bad for the guy he was

Hold On photo
November 4, 2014 | Fiction

Hold On

Steve Karas

Ethan’s virtual shrink said this would be good for him. It’s his first time in a human touch center, even though they’ve been popping up across America since the late 2030s. A place to feel

Plotlines from TV’s The Sopranos Re-Interpreted by Lydia Davis photo
November 3, 2014 | TV, Fiction

Plotlines from TV’s The Sopranos Re-Interpreted by Lydia Davis

Christian Hayden

The Mortadella

Sometimes when my husband and I argue he eats mortadella from the refrigerator.  Other times he does not.

 

Rubenesque

There is a term for women of my wife’s size, a

Ghost photo
October 31, 2014 | Fiction

Ghost

Kevin Maloney

Two days before Halloween I caught my wife having sex with my best friend Dave in a position we’d never tried in seven years of marriage. She had a good explanation—she didn’t love me anymore. I

Nelson from The Simpsons photo
October 30, 2014 | Fiction

Nelson from The Simpsons

Roshan Abraham

Nelson stands on the corner of two major intersections in Springfield. He stands inert, periodically blinking as if waiting for something to happen to him. Cars pass by and street lights flicker on

Vincent Peppers At The Podium photo
October 27, 2014 | Fiction

Vincent Peppers At The Podium

Shane Jones

Good morning. Vincent Peppers here and I just thought this day is a grave. Terrible words to have running through your head this early, but I can’t help it. I’m waiting for a scheduled 11 am

6 Fictions photo
October 22, 2014 | Fiction

6 Fictions

Mel Bosworth & Ryan Ridge

Recovery

After draining the toilet I put everything in the toilet. I drank a bottle of cough syrup and went outside. The cat spoke to birds. The birds spoke to bees. The bees spoke to me. They

Transcript Sept. 14 photo
October 22, 2014 | Fiction

Transcript Sept. 14

Josh Mattson

Did you eat?

Yes.

There’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Oh, good. I’ll have some later.

And walnuts.

Good.

How was work?

A man in Oklahoma was googling ‘carbon

Nubbins photo
October 15, 2014 | Fiction

Nubbins

Charlie Griggs

Look at me.

Look at all the neat things I can do. Can you do this?

Follow me. Do like I'm doing. Put your stomach flat on the floor, then – whoa! – see what I'm doing? It's the worm. I can

Debt Collecting photo
October 14, 2014 | Fiction

Debt Collecting

Beau Golwitzer

Luis was walking home from work one evening when a man stepped in front of him, blocking his way on the sidewalk.

The man was dressed in a black coat and he was wearing a tan hat.

“I have

The New Chief of Cyclops Island Makes Five Promises photo
October 9, 2014 | Fiction

The New Chief of Cyclops Island Makes Five Promises

Lindsay Merbaum

The afternoon we chose the new chief of Cyclops Island, we stood in a circle at the top of the isle’s highest peak, heads drooping, as we squinted and sweated in the sun. The chief had positioned

Intro photo
September 29, 2014 | Fiction

Intro

Glen Pourciau

Exposing your teeth is mandatory in these situations, and if you don’t show your teeth it is at least subconsciously noted, questions are being asked in the back of the other person’s mind. Where are this guy’s teeth? Is he ashamed of them?

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub

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.

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)