Fiction from Tommy Dean

Fiction from Tommy Dean

Photo: Tandem X Visuals Past Lives Our four-year-old tells stories, usually unprompted, about his old house, this former life he had before he was with us. He lived on a farm on a country road with John Deere tractors. The deer with the sprig of whitetails gathered at the edge of the woods, and he […]

Nonfiction from Shayleene MacReynolds

Nonfiction from Shayleene MacReynolds

Photo: Ron Whitaker A Steady Rush In the beginning, there is the steady rush of quiet natures. There are the waters, winding, snaking, layering themselves across the skin of earth. In the waters, I get lost and wonder if I really want discovery. It would be lovely for the all of me to float away. […]

Poetry from Gretchen Rockwell

Poetry from Gretchen Rockwell

Photo: Tyler Lastovich ‘Pay Attention,’ She Says, And I Try after Mary Oliver I never liked nature poems, and I laughed at whoever said I might one day learn to love the woods. Then came you and your soft wings and scattered grasses, the redfern where you are resting, where I am quieted despite myself. […]

Poetry from Sara Barnard

Poetry from Sara Barnard

Photo: Zoltan Tasi When it felt something like a honeymoon They are not infinite, the world and her treasures. It is not uncounted the gold we can give. World with an end for this has an end. Still, safe in the swarming of a dusty afternoon the gleam is incessant—shine stipples sovereign. Being not without […]

Fictions from Rebecca Harrison

Fictions from Rebecca Harrison

Photo: Olen Gandy Chimney-side We lived where the fires were. The chimneys tall as skies, broader than river mouths. Our homes clung to the chimney sides. Our streets were stairways that never reached to the ground. Our homes were filled with the fire sounds. The crackle and hiss rumbled through the bricks. Genna sat on […]

Fiction from Michelle Ross

Fiction from Michelle Ross

Photo: adrian Snapshot She was driving home, the mountains starting to purple like turnip tops, when she saw a man with his head in his hands. He was in his car, which was parked off the road in the field of dirt in front of that new church, the one with the sign that read, […]

Poetry from Robert Wilson

Poetry from Robert Wilson

Photo: Christopher Paul High Mastectomy Alive in this nursery of cruelty, clots forming like sticky blossoms blooming into a poultice of petals along a scar traversing your heart, you cannot lift your arm, you cannot keep your head above the currents of morphine eddying along the shores of your breath. The left side of your […]

Fiction from Bikram Sharma

Fiction from Bikram Sharma

Photo: Florence Landry Between Bodies Amrit’s fingers close around the ladybird. It’s the most valuable type, red with black dots, and if he’s careful he could show it off to his classmates or keep it in a glass jar by his bed. Instead he swallows it whole. Down it goes, down into his stomach. He […]

Poetry from Zara Hanif

Poetry from Zara Hanif

Photo: Morgan Vander Hart Just Another Dead Grandma Poem I’m trying to write while trying not to think about last night. I rummage under my desk and try to open a tied grocery bag with two bottles of Rosscato. I want wine before my first class, but I’m too tired to untie the bag without […]

Fiction from Beth Gilstrap

Fiction from Beth Gilstrap

Photo: Damon Lam Maybe You Catch Another Ray of Sun We had pizza with mushrooms for Mom’s birthday. She picked crunchy-bottomed pan crust. With the dough sticking to the backs of our teeth, we sang to her, handed over hand-drawn cards smudged with grease, asked her what it was like to be forty. “Not so […]