Nonfiction from Kathleen Wise

Nonfiction from Kathleen Wise

Photo: Thomas Quaritsch Tomatoes in August Blessed is the child raised within the kingdom of a sprawling backyard. Privileged, she whose limbs grow strong with running through wild woods. Proud and mighty, she whose palms are calloused from climbing trees, shins studded with scars from the feral battlefield. Her imagination is fatted on natural spoils. Sometimes […]

Fiction from Kaylie Saidin

Fiction from Kaylie Saidin

Photo: Autumn Studio Cate Lucas Cate Lucas stopped coming to class in junior year of high school and everyone wondered what happened to her. We went to a small school, and of course, people talked. She sat next to me in math during the second semester of my sophomore year. I let her borrow my […]

Fiction from Xenia Taiga

Fiction from Xenia Taiga

Photo: Schanin The Trampoline Sissies The Trampoline Sissies like to go braless and wear short skirts. They live in a neighborhood where all the houses’ exteriors look alike. Just before dusk they go outside to their backyards and jump on their trampolines. One forearm is squashed-flat over their boobies and their left hand is tightly […]

Poetry from Elizabeth Sunflower

Poetry from Elizabeth Sunflower

Photo by Shawn Harrahan. Used under CC BY-SA 2.5 samia cynthia a hush assigned a body a fastening of density to moonlight the moth lands furry and graceless surprise is cool on the skin as midnight this moth a brush of air beneath a moon against a dense screen of cloud a moony night light […]

Nonfiction from Bradley B. Onishi

Nonfiction from Bradley B. Onishi

Photo: Kyle Johnson Mapping My Adjective Sometimes being Japanese American feels like an aspiration. If I work hard enough, maybe it’s something I’ll cross off my bucket list. Kind of like qualifying for the Boston Marathon or hiking the Grand Canyon. Perhaps my incessant reading about Internment and immigration and Hawaiian plantations since I left […]

Fiction from M. P. McCune

Fiction from M. P. McCune

Photo: Pixel2013 Reminders Most of the living ignore the sheer volume of those who preceded them the way city dwellers never look up at the skyscrapers surrounding them, because it would make them feel small by comparison. But she feels the weight of the dead everywhere. She started haunting them by accident when she was […]

Fiction from Sarah Priscus

Fiction from Sarah Priscus

Photo: Annie Spratt How to Remember What It’s Like to Be a 9-Year-Old Girl  1: After dinner is over and you’ve eaten all the chicken fingers and green beans that your stomach can handle, clear your plate. Retreat to your bedroom and shut the door behind you. Don’t listen to hear if Mom and Dad […]

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 […]