Fiction from Anthony Varallo

Fiction from Anthony Varallo

Photo: Krzysztof Hepner My Money-Making Scheme I don’t know what to say about how it all started, except to say that one day I was living paycheck to paycheck, counting every dime, and then the next day my wallet was bulged with tens and twenties. That’s the truth. I know I should say I’m sorry, […]

Fiction from Iona Rule

Fiction from Iona Rule

Photo: Stephanie Yaich Calculating Snakes with red and yellow stripes touching are venomous, those with red and black touching aren’t. If a man is wearing a shirt with blue stripes in his profile pictures, how dangerous is he? If you hear hoof beats do you think “Horses!” or “Zebras!”? How many times has it been zebras? How many […]

Fiction from Melissa Llanes Brownlee

Fiction from Melissa Llanes Brownlee

Photo: Stephanie Harvey What if God Is One of Us I saw God in the parking lot of a Taco Bell, temporarily closed after a viral video involving hot sauce and a waiting to be filled burrito. He was dealing coke out of the back of a souped-up Honda Accord, baggies bouncing to the beat […]

Fiction from Mandira Pattnaik

Fiction from Mandira Pattnaik

Photo: Beth Macdonald Where Fate Keeps Her Tools We—banjo clocks, ivory mirrors, jadeite—love to be Fate’s tools. We hold up flags of bygone times in the fifty-year-old store named after George the Sixth, where the cobbled street bends away from Town Square. At George’s Secondhand Shop, all we do is—wait. When the wait’s over, we […]

Poetry from Hari B Parisi

Poetry from Hari B Parisi

Photo: Ashim D Silva Winter in Los Angeles A block from home I decide to change my name, press the walk button, cross over to the other side of the street, wish I had a friend to discuss whatever we might discuss, a dog tugging the leash. I flinch from the gunning of cars, swerve […]

Fiction from Brett Biebel

Fiction from Brett Biebel

Photo: Amir Mohammad Holy War A kid from our town fell off the water tower and walked away. 150 feet and no hospital, no fractures, not a fucking scratch, and media were everywhere. Must’ve been a slow news week. Trucks from Fox and ABC News, and they’re interviewing all these Big Ten physicists who keep […]

Fiction from Allison Renner

Fiction from Allison Renner

Photo: PJ Gal-Szabo No Place Like Home Something in the way the crow carcass is splayed on the pavement brings to mind the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. I was seven when I first saw the movie at my grandmother’s house. I thought it was black and white because her TV was so […]