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Recent Fiction

Zilla, 2015, by Jeff Somers

When she signed the lease and moved her stuff into the place, she knew she was leaning into a decline she’d begun some time before.
Recent Poetry

On Learning That My Daughter’s Rapist Has Been Taught to Write a Poem, by Katharyn Howd Machan

about his sadness. / About how the moon hung full / that morning, every morning
Recent CNF

Freddy Krueger is Not Real, by Dina Peone

I was under the covers in my sister’s bedroom, deep asleep, while flames spread from a nearby candle.
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Secret Friends

Secret Friends

by Jessica Bell
I don’t know how to pray, / but I’ve seen them do it / on TV; kneeling by a bed / in nightgowns, hands woven / like secret friends.
Ink

Ink

by Erica Orloff
my grandmother has hate tattoos / carved into her arms / goose-stepping numbers marching / wrinkled, onion-paper flesh / human ash and cattle cars
The Ultimate

The Ultimate

by Robin Becker
I’m a line-sit for the Ultimate Roller Coaster. At first, I thought the job would be depressing, everyone standing in line waiting to ride-n-die, but what I do is altruistic.
Souls of Finland

Souls of Finland

by Günther Bedson
Like a tree your roots are gnarled and twisted / in the dampness of this earth / your yellow leaves swirling D-major triplets / dancing down to the square
The Burning Girl

The Burning Girl

by Davin Malasarn
She told him to lie on the floor. His father lit tall, yellow candles and placed them in cups of sand on the shrine. They covered him in a tablecloth that his aunt crocheted herself.
Creation

Creation

by Philip Appleman
On all the living walls / of this dim cave, / soot and ochre, acts of will, / come down to us to say: This is who we were.
Adultery

Adultery

by Janice D. Soderling
One day he was cock-of-the-walk, full of jokes and juice, strumming his guitar, waxing the big fins on his red Chevy, knowing another woman in the biblical sense.
Günther’s Tree

Günther’s Tree

by Lois P. Jones
Because you are strong. / Because your branches span out ahead of you. / And in so many years, age has allowed breadth to match height.
Closer

Closer

by Sarah Hina
Brake lights on a highway. Not her favorite sight. It must be an accident. Or road construction. Either way, it wasn’t right. Not when they were so close to home.

Fireside
Required Reading
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Don’t Be a Jerk to Your Online Humor Editor

 

by Chris Monks
from Vulture

 

An Amputee Looks Through a Ring

 

by Dina Peone
from Poor Yorick

 

Becoming Dr. Seuss

 

by Brian Jay Jones

 

The Three Words That Almost Ruined Me As a Writer

 

by Sonya Huber
from Literary Hub

 

The O.Henry Award Winners

 

Edited by Laura Furman

 

The Long, Winding Road to Publication

 

by Russell Rowland
from The Millions

 

Liz’s Free 10-Step Writing School

 

by Elizabeth Gilbert
from Instagram

 

Bashing Romance Novels Is Just Another Form Of Slut-Shaming

 

by Sarah MacLean
from Bustle