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Xenia photo
December 11, 2020 | Fiction

Xenia

Caroline Henley

The holidays loom and I’ve got two weeks off work. Last Christmas was pretty quiet. Not much family left. Karen was the one with the big family. I enjoy the church service in the morning. The kids

3 Shorts photo
December 9, 2020 | Fiction

3 Shorts

Laetitia Keok

Body Traumas

There is a story Ahma used to tell me. The story of a girl who drew on herself in permanent marker. Ponds filled with lily pads, frogs on said lily pads, flies in the mouths of said

Spider Bits photo
December 8, 2020 | Fiction

Spider Bits

Kennedy Coyne

My mother wouldn’t let her get a pet tarantula, despite many tantrums, so instead she played with whatever bugs crawled around the house.

The Mussels photo
December 7, 2020 | Fiction

The Mussels

Jo Varnish

Clark says that trying to save the mussels is dumb because there are so many of them. That’s his logic. The town says they have to repair the dam in the lake, or the houses down the way will flood

Tai O photo
December 4, 2020 | Fiction

Tai O

James Kramer

Lee and Aiko made a deal; one last trip together. They could make it feel like the end of something, if that’s what it was going to be.

Clarity photo
December 3, 2020 | Fiction

Clarity

M. M. Kaufman

It was clear she had been here from the smell of wind in the room.

Acknowledgment photo
December 1, 2020 | Fiction

Acknowledgment

Tara Van De Mark

Dan disowned my sister and me via email a year ago

The Nonsense Brothers Detective Agency photo
November 28, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

The Nonsense Brothers Detective Agency

Steve Chang

Mondays, Mondays, Mondays!

Ha-ha! I love my wife Gwen! She's the best. Today, she sprinkled paprika in my oatmeal—to prank me I bet—and I didn’t figure it out until halfway through the bowl.

Dream Seafood Restaurant photo
November 25, 2020 | Fiction

Dream Seafood Restaurant

Matt E. Lewis

The seafood restaurant in my dreams closed down last night.

Dry-Humping Andrea Schwartz photo
November 24, 2020 | Fiction

Dry-Humping Andrea Schwartz

Eric Rosenblum

Margot and I had humped once, too, when I stopped by and Andrea wasn’t home.

Red Tractor photo
November 23, 2020 | Fiction

Red Tractor

Caleb Tankersley

I saw the whole thing from my sunroom, how the front wheel pinned his legs, shredded his muddy jeans then tore through the rest of him.

Mothers photo
November 21, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Mothers

Zoë Ballering

When I heard the name, I was sure it held a deeper meaning. No, she said, laughing... She explained that the knot combines the features of a reef knot, a thief knot, and a granny knot. It’s a portmanteau, not a metaphor. Grief has no meaning, she said.

Rebound photo
November 20, 2020 | Fiction

Rebound

Erin Cork

I love beginnings. The clack of the wheels on a roller coaster climb, the smell of cotton candy and grease.

A Voicemail From Dad photo
November 18, 2020 | Fiction

A Voicemail From Dad

Michael Riess

"Hey Em, it's Dad. Sorry it's so early ..."

A Problem Set photo
November 17, 2020 | Fiction

A Problem Set

Lauren D. Woods

Why did Train A leave while Train B was still getting ready?

The idiopathic bloodlust of inanimate objects photo
November 14, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

The idiopathic bloodlust of inanimate objects

JR Walsh

There wasn’t a bike rack because car people owned this town. You locked up to telephone poles covered in missing cats and hoped your chain stayed chained. In the shadows of rusting delivery trucks the

Today on Dagobah, Ep. 6: "Routine" photo
November 13, 2020 | Fiction

Today on Dagobah, Ep. 6: "Routine"

Josh Sippie

As Yoda sat on a tree stump, perfectly force-carved to complement his bony exterior and knobby joints, he realized that it had been five days in a row now that he had sat on this tree stump.

Mirror Test photo
November 11, 2020 | Fiction

Mirror Test

J.T. Sutlive

We know we are eels.

THE BACKSTORY IS [NOT] THE STORY photo
November 10, 2020 | Fiction

THE BACKSTORY IS [NOT] THE STORY

Ellen Rhudy

This is a story you’ve heard before. There’s a girl, let’s call her a young woman, with [blond / brown] hair and [blue / brown] eyes. Maybe you say these details are unimportant, but you know how they

Your Ghosting Year photo
November 7, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Your Ghosting Year

Billy Hallal

January

Your friends want to go out for New Year’s. You do not.

They prod and cajole you: come on, it’ll be fuuuuuuun.

It’s not that you don’t like going out. You will more than happily join

In Ram Corpse photo
November 4, 2020 | Fiction

In Ram Corpse

Christopher Notarnicola

"He slept among a pile of used truck tires ..."

Two Shorts photo
November 4, 2020 | Fiction

Two Shorts

Matthew Minicucci

For as long as Mark could remember, he had wanted to save someone from a wolf. He had wanted it to happen in a specific way. Peculiar even.

Thunderstorm Facts photo
November 2, 2020 | Fiction

Thunderstorm Facts

Chris Vanjonack

Thunderstorms form in dense, towering vertical clouds. The necessary factors for a storm to develop are moisture, rising unstable air, and a lifting mechanism. A single bolt of lightning is five times

Bloom photo
October 31, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Bloom

Rebecca L. Jensen

When we worked together at his father’s diner, Tom drove an old minivan; green body with red doors. He would crank the window down and idle outside my front door. He wore a blue bandana rolled up and

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD photo
October 30, 2020 | Fiction

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

Brandon Sanchez

I’m standing on top of Drew Barrymore’s star and the song’s issuing from a hot-purple Sony boom box someone set up a few feet away.

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.