Fiction from Jennifer Fergesen

Fiction from Jennifer Fergesen

Photo: Daniele Levis Pelusi The Lipomatous Lover The first time Pat stripped Jack she gagged, but she was too far gone to go back. The second time Pat stripped Jack she did not shut her eyes against the lumps that clustered on his body like the eggs of a large, fecund amphibian. There were dozens […]

Fiction from Josh Denslow

Fiction from Josh Denslow

Photo: Rock’n Roll Monkey Gravy Boat When Melanie’s grandma died, we got every last bit of her crockery and cutlery and an entire village of creepy figurines made of porcelain. I assumed it would go to the storage space along with the remaining vestiges of my old life, but suddenly we were incorporating these garish […]

Nonfiction from Sara Bathum

Nonfiction from Sara Bathum

Photo: Dan Gold Worry Lines The Pacific Ocean thunders a few hundred yards beyond the hood of our car during a late November storm.  It hasn’t stopped raining for days. I tweak the rearview mirror and watch my son stare quietly out into the gray. It feels like trespassing, this watching. Stolen, somehow. But I […]

Fiction from Caitlin Barasch

Fiction from Caitlin Barasch

Photo: Shannon McInnes First Fracture My peers were busy breaking bones in middle school: messy skateboard landing, football tackle, bike crash. (& so: when tumbling down the stairs at twenty-five carrying a basket of dirty laundry, it’s recommended: lean in to the indignity of the metaphor.) The doctor kneads a miniature spine made of plastic […]