Nonfiction from Jennifer Fliss

Nonfiction from Jennifer Fliss

Photo: Kris Mikael Krister My Body Is an Aquarium Up to 60% of a woman’s body is made of water.   There was a time I was so sick I ate nothing. My illness lasted for three months and doctors could not figure out what was causing me such pain. I worked at an aquarium […]

Fiction from Cathy Mellett

Fiction from Cathy Mellett

Photo: Honey Caranzo The Green Bridge My mother Marnie was visiting us again. She said she left her husband for good this time. It was always for good, and she always went back to him. But for now, she was living with my grandmother and me. The first day Marnie was home, she phoned a […]

Fiction from Cheryl Pappas

Fiction from Cheryl Pappas

Photo: Florian Klauer Hunger Roger has 22 apples. He gives 5 to his baby sister, Rory. Rory says No Fair and hits him with a stick. How many apples does Roger have now? The new movie theater in town, with plush velvet seats, charges $28 a ticket. Dave and Michelle have $14.38 in their account, […]

Fiction from Nathan Willis

Fiction from Nathan Willis

Photo: Zane Lee Wholesale Ghost Hearts The ghost hearts fill my body like Styrofoam nuggets. I can only take them out one at a time and only at certain places. So far, those places include the roof of the high school that Karen went to, the house grandma lived in before the home, the church […]

Nonfiction from Aslan Demir

Nonfiction from Aslan Demir

Photo: Andy Falconer Uğruna ne canlar yitirdim ey körolası özgürlük Ne çok dışlandım, katledildim, oysa kaderimdi Kürtlük Lives I have lost for your sake, you bloody freedom I have been ostracized, slaughtered Yet it was only my destiny to be Kurdish Loss It was the beginning of spring, still the doldrums of the year as […]

Nonfiction from Rachel Laverdiere

Nonfiction from Rachel Laverdiere

Monkey Wrench . . Inspired by the vast skies of Saskatchewan, Rachel Laverdiere anticipates that calm will erupt into thunderstorms, flocking geese will disappear into the sunset, and northern lights will traipse across the blackened stage. When pastures bloom into bouquets of crocus and sage, she forgets the chaos of a world that spins too […]

Fiction from Jenny Wong

Fiction from Jenny Wong

Photo: Denis Doukhan The Remembering Skins A herd of sheep stampede down a cliffside, all of them staring at the same fixed point in the middle distance. They can’t see me. But I wonder if they can still sense my gaze searching for the hidden seams beneath their fur. Their thin legs bolted to artificial […]

Fiction from James Braun

Fiction from James Braun

Photo: Daan Stevens Wither The other boy, the boy before Jonathan, was a child of twelve years who came into Mercy with a nail in his head. He had had to get it surgically removed––the nail, not his head––and left with only a few stitches covered by a Band-Aid. Before him was a girl who […]

Fiction from Jennifer Fergesen

Fiction from Jennifer Fergesen

Photo: Daniele Levis Pelusi The Lipomatous Lover The first time Pat stripped Jack she gagged, but she was too far gone to go back. The second time Pat stripped Jack she did not shut her eyes against the lumps that clustered on his body like the eggs of a large, fecund amphibian. There were dozens […]

Fiction from Josh Denslow

Fiction from Josh Denslow

Photo: Rock’n Roll Monkey Gravy Boat When Melanie’s grandma died, we got every last bit of her crockery and cutlery and an entire village of creepy figurines made of porcelain. I assumed it would go to the storage space along with the remaining vestiges of my old life, but suddenly we were incorporating these garish […]