Fiction from Laila Amado

Fiction from Laila Amado

Photo: Danny Howe Complete Blood Count The time you cry in a stall of the girls’ restroom in middle school. The walls are dismal beige and a telephone number of someone called Tasha is scribbled on the wall in black ink. There is a bright red blotch on the crotch of your panties. Your friends […]

Fiction from Nicholas Grider

Fiction from Nicholas Grider

Photo: Denise Jans Stock Footage: A Love Story Here is a picture of a studiously thin white man in a light blue button-down Oxford shirt, tan slacks, and tasseled loafers. He stands in the light gray void of an empty office, not quite smiling, not quite distressed. He is giving you his thumbs up to […]

Fiction from Joel Hans

Fiction from Joel Hans

Photo: Jana Klouckova Kudrnová The Times I’ll Trade Time with the Crows A long, long time ahead, the crows’ll give me time in exchange for my children’s possessions—my son’s owl bathtoy, the Crayons my daughter will’ve tried to sharpen with the safety scissors. The crows’ll warn me not to bite into time itself, but rather […]

Fiction from Mikki Aronoff

Fiction from Mikki Aronoff

Photo: Dan Cristian Pădureț Kin ~ after Li-Young Lee Tonight, as all nights, my dog claws and burrows under the covers, whimpers and wrestles head-to-head with day’s demons. Is that memory’s nightwork? Soon, still. I reach to make sure he’s breathing, touch the soft ruff of his neck. He turns on his back, offers his […]

Fiction from Gary Fincke

Fiction from Gary Fincke

Photo: Kartik Gada Marking the Solstice Because I was born on my mother’s birthday, our parties were divided into day and night. My friends, full of cake and ice cream, left before dinner. My mother’s friends arrived at twilight, drinking wine as the mid-summer sky went dark. But each year, at noon, before either party […]

Fiction from Rosaleen Lynch

Fiction from Rosaleen Lynch

Photo: thom masat Making Marys The first Mary is missing her head. I clean the nozzle, pick off the hardened thermoplastic halo that’s clogged and erupted in a mushroom cloud, and drop it in the scrap to be recycled and reset the 3D printer to start again, but I watch as the polymer filament threads […]

Mixed Media from Sarah J. Sloat and Dina L. Relles

Mixed Media from Sarah J. Sloat and Dina L. Relles

Stay Tender Road Map Yellowed Desire Feminine Urge Nostalgia . . Sarah J. Sloat is the author of Hotel Almighty, a collection a visual poetry published in 2020 by Sarabande Books. Her poems, prose and collage have appeared in The Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Sixth Finch and elsewhere. You can keep up with her at sarahjsloat.com, […]

Nonfiction from Barrett Bowlin

Nonfiction from Barrett Bowlin

Original Photo: Timothy Eberly Out for Blood (or Air, or Whatever) You stumble through the gym doors, away from the people and into the almost-snow cold, skin so hot to the touch that steam rises off you into the night air. You hop the Red Line to Porter Square, where there’s ten minutes before the […]

Poetry from Jayant Kashyap

Poetry from Jayant Kashyap

Photo: David Monje We only seek the blessings of those we love. Catacombs, Paris When our lovers died, we gave them a piece of land, a cloth, a kiss, and prayer beads. So god would be kinder. And warmer when the snow touched them coldly. When it didn’t work, we took them elsewhere in night- […]

Poetry from J.I. Kleinberg

Poetry from J.I. Kleinberg

Emily embodies . . J.I. Kleinberg’s visual poems have been published worldwide in print and online journals, including Atlas & Alice. An artist, poet, freelance writer, and three-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, she lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, and on Instagram @jikleinberg. Her solo exhibit of visual poems, orchestrated light, was featured […]