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Fiction

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  • Lily of the Valley

    by Andrea Hansell

    I’m famous, and my sister Christine is ordinary. Saying it straight out like that feels strange, but it’s true. We’re identical twins, a fact that fascinates people.

  • Distance Lessons

    by Sally Pla

    When he came back from that first trip to India, all she could get out of him was that it was “awesome.” He was never a talker. It used to exasperate her when he was little; she’d want to shake him to get words out.

  • Tulip Tears

    by Deborah Clearman

    When lightning strikes the tulip poplar, five hundred years of leaf lifting crashes into splinter wood, and several notables roll over in their graves.

  • Family

    by Cezarija Abartis

    Outside the kitchen window, squirrels scattered the seed from the birdfeeder Paula’s dad had set up. The seeds gleamed in the sun like drops of water.

Poetry

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  • Summit

    by Natalie Homer

    I wish the wild mint would bake its scent into my skin, / and I could drag it behind me, as if it were a train of silvery lace. / It never does, and that’s okay.

  • A Survey of the Sacred

    by Isabella David McCaffrey

    She says, “To write poetry about sacred spaces, I must understand what I mean by sacred spaces, il faut comprendre premièrement ce que je veux dire par Terre Sacrée.”

  • The Polar Bear

    by Jennifer Givhan

    What I’m asking is will watching The Discovery / Channel with my young black boy instead / of the news coverage of the riot funerals riot arrests / riot nothing changes riots be enough to keep him / from harm?

  • What I Imagine My Parents Did After Dinner

    by Brian Fanelli

    In our house, nobody ever danced, / even though my father played Elvis / or Johnny Cash from the silver / CD player that rested on the nook

Essays

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  • Grief, Furniture

    by Beth Bilderback

    This couch was made for grownups, vintage grownups of the 1930s, cinch-waisted female grownups and men who wore hats and drank martinis.

  • An Author’s Life

    by Emile DeWeaver

    Writers’ processes differ, but here’s my truth: Writing is hard and I hate it; revision is easy, and I want to take it to the movies, then get to third base.

  • My Own Struggle, Or An Exercise in Autofiction

    by Isabella David McCaffrey

    Autofiction is technically new, but now it’s been identified as a trend—like cat eyeliner then or wearing winter white. When the masses catch on, is it no longer cool?

  • Warped Optimism

    by Diane Payne

    After making the one hundred mile drive with my daughter for the Breast MRI appointment, she takes off to meet an old friend who is a medical student at the hospital.

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