Nonfiction from Bradley B. Onishi

Nonfiction from Bradley B. Onishi

Photo: Kyle Johnson Mapping My Adjective Sometimes being Japanese American feels like an aspiration. If I work hard enough, maybe it’s something I’ll cross off my bucket list. Kind of like qualifying for the Boston Marathon or hiking the Grand Canyon. Perhaps my incessant reading about Internment and immigration and Hawaiian plantations since I left […]

Fiction from M. P. McCune

Fiction from M. P. McCune

Photo: Pixel2013 Reminders Most of the living ignore the sheer volume of those who preceded them the way city dwellers never look up at the skyscrapers surrounding them, because it would make them feel small by comparison. But she feels the weight of the dead everywhere. She started haunting them by accident when she was […]

Fiction from Sarah Priscus

Fiction from Sarah Priscus

Photo: Annie Spratt How to Remember What It’s Like to Be a 9-Year-Old Girl  1: After dinner is over and you’ve eaten all the chicken fingers and green beans that your stomach can handle, clear your plate. Retreat to your bedroom and shut the door behind you. Don’t listen to hear if Mom and Dad […]

Nonfiction from Suzy Rigdon

Nonfiction from Suzy Rigdon

Photo: Leon Liu Notes on a Whiteboard Rita Johnson Kenway, a woman of arts, letters, music, and an all-around good sport died at age 80 on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at Collier’s Rehab and Nursing Center in Ellsworth. — The Ellsworth American, February 11, 2011 § You know you’ve arrived when you see the bright yellow […]

Poetry from Paul Reyns

Poetry from Paul Reyns

Photo: Jeff Finley The Woman Who Rowed with Klimt When she was young her father told her that though she walk forever only God could round a lake. He named her Krystal after the purity of water. For her thirteenth birthday, she received a rowboat and had the run of an Austrian hamlet. At first […]

Fiction from Giancarlo Riccobon

Fiction from Giancarlo Riccobon

Photo: Ankush Minda Congratulations “Congratulations,” she says. If you say, “Congrats, yourself,” and jiggle the tassel on your cap, she’ll say, “Not your diploma. I mean congrats on the—you know.” If you pretend you don’t know, she’ll stroke the bulge under your black gown (Maternity-Size). If you recoil and say, “Careful!” she’ll say, “I just […]

Poetry from Jade Riordan

Poetry from Jade Riordan

Photo: Martin Adams Ceiling Unlimited I tuck myself into the roof shingles & stucco the sky with Blu Tack & glow-in-the-dark stars. When the light under the door goes out, I catch my forest green curtains on the trees’ fingers so that there’s enough street light to read by. I telescope gaze through the eavestrough […]

Nonfiction from Julia Edinger

Nonfiction from Julia Edinger

Photo: Jairo Alzate The Manifestation of an Eating Disorder It is only when you are vulnerable that she appears. When you are cowering, helpless, and desperate, she comes in the night and shows herself. Little by little, she manifests herself into a being, or rather a beast, and becomes a part of you. She is […]

Poetry from Jessica Mehta

Poetry from Jessica Mehta

Photo: Mike Tinnion Namesakes My mother named me after her father she hated. Like buying Papo’s notice with a fat grandchild would make up for anything. My mother named me after famous cowboys then went and married an NDN herself. Meanwhile her own mother said No darker. My mom named me the second most popular […]