Nonfiction from Jonathan Gleason

Nonfiction from Jonathan Gleason

Image via Pixabay Annotations 1. “I’m sending you a copy of our family tree,” my mother wrote to me one spring, after a series of deaths in our family had convinced her of the importance of heritage. Her cousin was the last person to die before she finished—collapsed on a hiking trail while out for […]

Fiction from Suzanne Samples

Fiction from Suzanne Samples

Photo by Stefano Zocca Water Signs No one ever talks about him, you say. When the pastor listed him at Dad’s funeral, I couldn’t figure out who he was. At least ten years younger than the rest of us, you do not remember. You do not remember the shoebox casket, the shivering January shoulders, the […]

Fiction from Lee Hamblin

Fiction from Lee Hamblin

Photo by rawpixel In-Locked-Out Asleep Soft fingers brush across my forehead like whispers of love. A voice. A man’s voice, yes, tranquil, yes, but only on the surface. I know you can hear me, he says. Footsteps approach. The hand pulls away sharply. The same voice, though now turned elsewhere and unmasked. They ran a […]

Fiction from Amy Lee Lillard

Fiction from Amy Lee Lillard

Photo by Federico Beccari Pretty Girls Make Graves . HER “Rosie.” In a message of static, the name was clear. “Rosie.” Forty nine seconds, the message ran. From an unknown number with a distant area code. When I first played it, on the way to the small cabin off Route 84, I was only half-listening. […]

Fiction from C.B. Auder

Fiction from C.B. Auder

Photo by Bruce Jastrow Chipper If I could fly away. Or never need sleep. Because it’s in my dreams that I murder my mother, get dive-bombed by my brother. Crash into glass walls, race the rails of stilt-legged stairs, stalk the bamboo-caged gloom of snake-filled snares and taxonomy halls. I thrill to hug my pets, […]

Nonfiction from Yoon-Chan Kim

Nonfiction from Yoon-Chan Kim

To Call This Home Dad never calls Virginia home. Even when I sneak in questions to learn more about his childhood he prefers to leave that past for places more darling, like the galleries Mom leads him through or the gardens she shows him. If I asked Dad where home is today, he would probably […]

Nonfiction from Kristine Langley Mahler

Nonfiction from Kristine Langley Mahler

The Rules (an erasure essay) from The Seventeen Book of Etiquette and Entertaining (1963) .  Good, safe, polite: you know, you remember. You come close. It’s unexpected, it’s dangerous. You want a collision. Hugging is just annoying, failing, blind. Others roar ahead, changed; slower reactions and dawdling is bad, but a last-minute flash of a directional […]

Poetry from Richard Fox

Poetry from Richard Fox

Photo by Gianni Zanato You Followed the Moon on Its Wane or Wax You followed the moon on its wane or wax; stood on the wall of the canyon & waited for your echo to come back. When it did no such thing, you crawled with such care along the ledge. You tended the sheep […]

Poetry from Kristen Wheatley

Poetry from Kristen Wheatley

Photo by Henry Be The Dandelion Assimilate into the green pastures Expand your yellow bloom sprouted from the freed seed growth is your doom. To open up and show your beauty, but the world calls you a weed so, you confine yourself only to then grow 170 wings. . . Kristen Wheatley resides in Frankfort, […]

Fiction from Danny Powell

Fiction from Danny Powell

Photo by Matthew Henry Gunshine State Roger went to a gun show. He went to a gun show and bought a gun. He went to a gun show and bought a gun to protect himself. He went to a gun show and bought a gun to protect himself and his family. He went to a […]