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 […]

Nonfiction from Sara Bathum

Nonfiction from Sara Bathum

Photo: Dan Gold Worry Lines The Pacific Ocean thunders a few hundred yards beyond the hood of our car during a late November storm.  It hasn’t stopped raining for days. I tweak the rearview mirror and watch my son stare quietly out into the gray. It feels like trespassing, this watching. Stolen, somehow. But I […]

Fiction from Caitlin Barasch

Fiction from Caitlin Barasch

Photo: Shannon McInnes First Fracture My peers were busy breaking bones in middle school: messy skateboard landing, football tackle, bike crash. (& so: when tumbling down the stairs at twenty-five carrying a basket of dirty laundry, it’s recommended: lean in to the indignity of the metaphor.) The doctor kneads a miniature spine made of plastic […]

Fiction from Claire Polders

Fiction from Claire Polders

Photo: Ray Fragapane Looking for a Place to Die My memories and I sleepwalk into town, arm in arm, down the street of black stockings and long skirts, our flat heels click-clacking on the cobblestones. We pass the hat shop with its window of false promises behind which forgotten heroines change into child brides before […]

Poetry from Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Poetry from Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Photo: Hanjörg Scherzer Legacy My Mother’s legacy taught me how to see in color: blood meandering down my leg as she placed society’s razor in a child’s hand, bride-in-training to hack away anything that didn’t belong in a man’s vision of woman that drifted—still years away— like blue-kissed smoke rings from a home set aflame, […]