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Minor Epiphanies photo
July 9, 2020 | Nonfiction

Minor Epiphanies

Shya Scanlon

ON Drugs, Magic, and the Sanctity of Losing Your Shit

Like any self-respecting Gen-Xer, I spent the bulk of my teenage years doing drugs. I tried all kinds: ecstacy, mda, coke, meth… I even tried

Queasy photo
July 6, 2020 | Nonfiction


Maya McCoy

Until this year, I didn’t know I get seasick.

I board a boat on the northern coast of what they now call Sri Lanka, outside my ammah’s hometown, and I sit down below. I accept my friend’s offer of

Call Me By Our Name photo
July 5, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Call Me By Our Name

Sarah Ruth Bates

Normal: a word-world I, as cisgender, could claim. That she couldn’t. So many label traps. Normal, gender, virginity. Sarah.

A Capricorn’s Weekly Horoscope While Her Father is Dying of Cancer photo
June 29, 2020 | Nonfiction

A Capricorn’s Weekly Horoscope While Her Father is Dying of Cancer

Kendra L. Vanderlip

3/31: The day is young. Dress smart today Capricorn, big things on the horizon. When standing in front of new people, don’t forget to smile. People are drawn to you, but you forget to drop your

The Lion & the Little Boy photo
June 28, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

The Lion & the Little Boy

Deborah E. Kennedy

My mother mentioned Darren to me only once. I was in college by then.

Down Stacks photo
June 24, 2020 | Nonfiction

Down Stacks

Rose Himber Howse

Some days, Luke told me it hurt to sit down. Those days we played in the woods.

We took tarps and string from the shed to make tents between trees. We stole pennies and nickels from the house, put

Ghost photo
June 21, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay


Danielle Chelosky

My writing professor said to me that in order to get better, you had to dismantle the person you were, because that person was killing you. I kept wondering: Why did a killer love me?

Marching in Atlanta photo
June 17, 2020 | Dispatches

Marching in Atlanta

Tyhi Conley

A dispatch from 2016 and now. 

Crossing the Divide: Cycling, romance and reckoning in the Canadian Rockies photo
June 14, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Crossing the Divide: Cycling, romance and reckoning in the Canadian Rockies

Kelly Huffman

My trip had begun in Seattle, where the past few years had served up one setback after the next. I had been cut loose by my latest not-quite-boyfriend.

Fight Report photo
June 12, 2020 | Nonfiction

Fight Report

Gabriel Smith

Twenty seven notes Gabriel Smith took at Bethnal Bust Up, York Hall, London, March 7th

If boxing is a sport, then it is the most tragic of all sports because more than any human activity it

Drop Out photo
June 11, 2020 | Nonfiction

Drop Out

Hannah Carpino

You don’t see her for several years after that, minus a brief and sweet span of days that following summer, in your usual place. You play Bob Dylan’s Mama, You Been on My Mind squeezed on a piano bench with her.

Gym Encounter  photo
June 8, 2020 | Nonfiction

Gym Encounter 

David Hii

Your gym is perhaps your favorite thing about Hattiesburg. Your student budget is tight, but you’ll manage to eek out thirty a month somehow—you have for the last three years.

In Isolation, I Am Morphing photo
June 7, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

In Isolation, I Am Morphing

Lyndsey C. Fox

The day before isolation, I celebrate my birthday, unwed, the first of its kind in my adult life, my divorce from a great man with whom I shared an OK eleven years, finalized by way of a $250 internet

Pluck photo
June 5, 2020 | Nonfiction


Adam Hughes

I’d spend the night there on Saturday nights, get up Sunday morning and drive to my church and preach. I didn’t find God because I wasn’t looking for him. I was looking for me but I didn’t find him either.

Cuts Real Good photo
June 1, 2020 | Nonfiction

Cuts Real Good

Jeff Burd

Maybe you can do this. It’s not your idea. But maybe.

Stay With Me, Rock My World photo
May 31, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Stay With Me, Rock My World

Hurley Winkler

I’d learned from Rock of Love that a diabetic’s rollercoaster blood sugar is a constant interruptor at best.

The Years photo
May 27, 2020 | Nonfiction

The Years

Virginia Lee Wood

In the middle of the night in the second week after Dad’s passing, my phone lights up and it’s twin, it’s sister. 


“I want to know what happened. Should I come there?”

“No. I don’t

Me Wrapped Up, In 25 Feet photo
May 25, 2020 | Nonfiction

Me Wrapped Up, In 25 Feet

Jeanene Harlick

I was the only person in my family this level of depravity happened to.

Traces photo
May 24, 2020 | fucked up modern love essays


Hailey Rollheiser

I followed him up the stairs up to his apartment and once inside he made parachutes, wrapping loose MDMA in tissue paper.

Red Hands photo
May 22, 2020 | Nonfiction

Red Hands

Barrett Bowlin

No cheating; you've got to keep your fingers touching my fingers. Good. Remember to keep your hands flat. Flat and steady and ready.

Ex-Ray photo
May 21, 2020 | Nonfiction


Amy V. Blakemore

When I broke up with you, I thought you might kill me, and somehow, I was bored.

Your Body Gets Rid of People photo
May 19, 2020 | Nonfiction

Your Body Gets Rid of People

JJ Peña

my mother once told me, grief gives your body the shakes.

Guided Meditation and Relaxation photo
May 17, 2020 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Guided Meditation and Relaxation

Andrew Bomback

Xenia and I had been cheating on each other with the same woman for about three months

Another Old Man at the Bridge photo
May 14, 2020 | Nonfiction

Another Old Man at the Bridge

Sarah Viren

You will read my restrained but subtly brutal birth story and finally recognize that we who give birth are dauntless soldiers returning to the fight and we are also the old men ignoring the bombs because we have animals at home we love too much to go on and we have never felt more alive than we do right now.

My First Name photo
May 9, 2020 | My First...

My First Name

Siân Griffiths

This new doctor smiles as he enters the room, as if we’re sharing a joke though we’ve never met before. “Tell me,” he says, “how many people get your name right on the first try?”

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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."

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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.