Poetry from Daryl Sznyter

Poetry from Daryl Sznyter

Photo: Alexandru Acea first date i left my heart in my car          my heart was a car                      my car was exhausted my heart was exhaust            my heart was a pipe bomb i wore sweatpants that day […]

Nonfiction from Sophia Roumeliotis

Nonfiction from Sophia Roumeliotis

Photo: Nathan Dumlao WHAT I ATE WHY i gained the freshman fifteen during my freshman year of college. i ate so much and all the time. i had so many friends and i was so happy. i needed to buy new pants after winter break because they were all too tight. i ate on my […]

Fiction from Mialise Carney

Fiction from Mialise Carney

Photo: Brandon Hoogenboom When Lagoons Turn Lavender Lagoon wanted to be a geologist, the weird kind, but I guess all good geologists are. She’d been stuck on Canfield Oceans since I’d known her, and I couldn’t really imagine her without them. All she ever talked about was the process of decay, The Great Dying, the […]

Nonfiction from Anna Hundert

Nonfiction from Anna Hundert

Photo: Kara Michalczyk Lace Lessons lace (noun): cotton or silk, knitted or twisted, or clinging to skin, or lying on the table waiting to be touched (as in lace doilies) / lace (noun): they come in pairs, looping around each other in knots; they keep her shoes on her feet when she runs (away) / […]

Fiction from Jackie Kenny

Fiction from Jackie Kenny

Photo: Samuel Scrimshaw Salt My girlfriend has built her house on the salt flats. The salt flats lie bone white and glittering in the mountains, thousands of feet above the cold roaring sea. She told me that a hundred years ago, the flats were a clear blue lake, salty enough that small stones would float […]

Poetry from Candice Kelsey

Poetry from Candice Kelsey

Photo: Patrick Tomasso Reading Camp at Santa Monica College I’m sorry we made you go no one teaching you and your friends camp songs no chipped red picnic table half in the shade half in giggles the only woodland creatures balloon-like illustrations in oversized books no counselor weaving lanyards only Teacher Chris — whose listening […]

A Statement from Atlas + Alice’s EIC

A Statement from Atlas + Alice’s EIC

A Statement from Atlas + Alice’s EIC It has come to my attention that a past contributor to A+A was recently barred for life from teaching in Florida public schools due to inappropriate communication with one of his students. This incident took place within the past year, yet I did not learn of it until […]

Fiction from Christine Offutt

Fiction from Christine Offutt

A Hand on My Shoulder I am the girl with a hand on my shoulder. I don’t mean like a leg on a foot, which is just another way of saying “a foot at the end of a leg”. I don’t mean the hand of comfort, or an ally, I mean a hand, literally, a […]

Poetry from Ace Boggess

Poetry from Ace Boggess

Photo: Robert Zunikoff I Watch a Drug Deal Happen by the dumpster. Don’t mind me. I’ve been where you are, holding twenties cupped in my crooked palm, pleading hurry. That orange bottle looks familiar, filled with tickets to the show you’ve seen before. But why the Chihuahua? The long red leash? I don’t remember needing […]

Nonfiction from DiAnne Malone

Nonfiction from DiAnne Malone

Photo: Keith Misner Home Training “She didn’t say come in,” my sister whispers. She places her fingertips on my forearm as if that would stop me from opening the door, but my hand is already twisting the knob; my foot hangs, mid-step over the front door threshold at the house where my ancestors worked as […]