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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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Worried Playground Daddy’s Blues

Worried Playground Daddy’s Blues

by Justin Hamm
On the playground I strum guitar while my daughter dangles upside down from the bar above the tall slide, and inside my middle-aged brain a movie plays.
Going Once

Going Once

by Allan Peterson
I believe it was either forever or an eight / no longer lazy on the page, / because things took longer after that, / had longer lifetimes, / and that was their sign in continuous curls.
Promises

Promises

by Hilary Dean
You think Fine Arts is going to be a bird degree and then you have to take classes all through the summer and talk about art until you want to kill yourself and also everyone else.
Grief, Furniture

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.
Summit

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.
Lily of the Valley

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.
A Survey of the Sacred

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

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?
Distance Lessons

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

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.

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