Nonfiction from Suzy Rigdon

Nonfiction from Suzy Rigdon

Photo: Leon Liu Notes on a Whiteboard Rita Johnson Kenway, a woman of arts, letters, music, and an all-around good sport died at age 80 on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at Collier’s Rehab and Nursing Center in Ellsworth. — The Ellsworth American, February 11, 2011 § You know you’ve arrived when you see the bright yellow […]

Fiction from Giancarlo Riccobon

Fiction from Giancarlo Riccobon

Photo: Ankush Minda Congratulations “Congratulations,” she says. If you say, “Congrats, yourself,” and jiggle the tassel on your cap, she’ll say, “Not your diploma. I mean congrats on the—you know.” If you pretend you don’t know, she’ll stroke the bulge under your black gown (Maternity-Size). If you recoil and say, “Careful!” she’ll say, “I just […]

Poetry from Jade Riordan

Poetry from Jade Riordan

Photo: Martin Adams Ceiling Unlimited I tuck myself into the roof shingles & stucco the sky with Blu Tack & glow-in-the-dark stars. When the light under the door goes out, I catch my forest green curtains on the trees’ fingers so that there’s enough street light to read by. I telescope gaze through the eavestrough […]

Nonfiction from Julia Edinger

Nonfiction from Julia Edinger

Photo: Jairo Alzate The Manifestation of an Eating Disorder It is only when you are vulnerable that she appears. When you are cowering, helpless, and desperate, she comes in the night and shows herself. Little by little, she manifests herself into a being, or rather a beast, and becomes a part of you. She is […]

Poetry from Jessica Mehta

Poetry from Jessica Mehta

Photo: Mike Tinnion Namesakes My mother named me after her father she hated. Like buying Papo’s notice with a fat grandchild would make up for anything. My mother named me after famous cowboys then went and married an NDN herself. Meanwhile her own mother said No darker. My mom named me the second most popular […]

Poetry from Emily J. Cousins

Poetry from Emily J. Cousins

Photo via Pixabay Perfect Dream Decoder I’ll tell you what we’ll do we will string a cord from your brain to the televisions switch on the monitors one at a time watch the slow motion hooves of your night horses turn over & over the ground will give crack beneath them I will finally know […]

Fiction from Eric Andrew Newman

Fiction from Eric Andrew Newman

Photo by Krista Mangulsone Shit House Here you are on your hands and knees again, cleaning shit off the bathroom floor. It’s a messy business, so you strip down until you’re only wearing your boxer shorts and a pair of canary yellow rubber gloves. You pick up the woven blue bath mat, splattered with Jackson […]

Poetry from Tonya Eberhard

Poetry from Tonya Eberhard

Fireworks After dessert there is a lull. Forks devour the patriotic cake, scrape up red and blue frosting smeared on paper plates. The mosquitos are lazy. Weak flyers—they hover out of reach from candles coughing smoke. Star- spangled napkins take flight with the wind. Life hasn’t exhausted you yet. You cry on the short drive […]

Poetry from Griffin Robillard

Poetry from Griffin Robillard

Photo by Spencer_ Use Within Three Days of Opening Our banner will fall, the clothes heavy with rainwater while every heart at once skips a beat because in the morning with the lights on and my head down I can’t stomach the coffee you made me or the letters I said I’d write or the […]