Nonfiction from Eimear Laffan

Nonfiction from Eimear Laffan

Photo: Nasim Keshmiri Aspirational Self-Portrait as Reindeer and Fox In the beginning there’s a flimsy coat of snow on the brickwork porch outside my ground floor apartment, a copy of King Lear limp on the coffee table. Twitter reliably informs me that Shakespeare wrote the tragedy during the plague. I score a copy from the local library […]

Nonfiction from Sidney Dritz

Nonfiction from Sidney Dritz

Photo: Megan Markham I Miss My Nemesis   It’s frivolous but my lease ends in September and I wanted one more summer with the pool just two blocks away, so close that I wouldn’t even need to decide to go swimming, I’d just let my feet have their way, barely stopping to slip into sandals on […]

Nonfiction from Gracie Beaver-Kairis

Nonfiction from Gracie Beaver-Kairis

Photo: Andrej Lišakov Take Time to Stop and Wear the Roses The floral patterns have begun to bloom. I see them dangling suggestively from the end-caps of aisles at Target or Walmart while I rush by, my arms full of frozen dinners, a scarf twisted over my nose and mouth. I take them in like […]

Nonfiction from Kate Gehan

Nonfiction from Kate Gehan

Photo: Brett Jordan The Small Sorrow of This Magnificent Body Last year I held out my prism when the Target cashier asked how I was, if it was still raining outside. The color spectrum fanned across the carton of milk on the belt, then bled all over the apples, the broccoli, the vitamins to keep […]

Nonfiction from K Chiucarello

Nonfiction from K Chiucarello

Photo: Pavan Trikutam Gossip Line I ring Taylor and tell her about the threesome last night, a spontaneous combustion of loose alcohol and not enough talking, desire fingering its way through cotton cloth. In the morning I wake to weed wafting from the steps, John dangling under peaks of sunlight, shouting Mets statistics between neighbors […]

Nonfiction from Jennifer Fliss

Nonfiction from Jennifer Fliss

Photo: Clay Banks I Cannot Wash It All Away It is true what they say, the hands age first. They belie the life that is still living, still loving with the vigor of youth. My hands are no longer soft. The skin there not as resilient as it once was. I knew this was coming, […]

Nonfiction from Jane French

Nonfiction from Jane French

Photo: Gaelle Marcel Another Day to Ruin Dinner Retrieve bulk sausage from the freezer to make pasta sauce. Simply brown it in a pan, add tomatoes and spices. This sausage, however, was actually a disk of whole wheat pie crust dough. Explains the weird appearance and flavor. Could happen to anyone, really. Grab corn starch […]

Nonfiction from Gail Dottin

Nonfiction from Gail Dottin

Photo: Glenn Carstens-Peters The Checklist . . The son of a builder of the Panamá Canal, Vivian M. Dottin raised his daughter Gail on vivid stories of black Canal Zone life. With humility and honor she’s sculpting his words into an oral history. It’ll be dedicated to her father whose absence is pain at her […]

Nonfiction from Greg Oldfield

Nonfiction from Greg Oldfield

Photo: Tim Mossholder Deadweight Food and exercise. Those were my only priorities on the eve of Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order. I stalled on the second one because I wasn’t thinking about the gym rats, the do-it-yourselfers, the millions of Americans working from home, overseeing their kids’ education while squeezing in disrupted fitness routines. At the time, […]

Nonfiction from Deb Rogers

Nonfiction from Deb Rogers

Photo: Heather Gill Being Lucky Gamblers talk a lot of shit. Poker table, casino, bingo hall, or strip mall arcade, it’s all the same. The banter swarms. Some dude talks himself up. Or runs himself down. Or runs you down. Or just talks to let his voice hold air, to see how high it will […]