STORY OF THE WEEK

Snake Oil By Courtney Marcelo  Norton

Snake Oil

A person entered the tent, crossed the canvas room toward a stool, and in those brief seconds, Smith accurately revealed the person’s illness.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Losing the Farm By Felicity Sheehy

Losing the Farm

First the chickens, gone in a fluster, whiter than somebody else’s ash. The fox couldn’t catch them all, so one stayed behind, pecking at glass.

FINAL TWO WEEKS

FINAL TWO WEEKS
Deadline: Wed., July 31, at midnight, PDT.

We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, and excerpts from long fiction and nonfiction.

Please see the Guidelines.

FICTION

The Arms of Saturday Night By Cally Fiedorek

The Arms of Saturday Night

They hadn’t yet kissed, or even talked that much, but late in the school year she’d felt his eyes on her.

Spring Issue

FEATURES


FICTION


FICTION

Spring Issue

FEATURES

Charlottesville Burning By Gregory Orr

Charlottesville Burning

In the face of darkness, the words and images here call to the better instincts of humanity.


FICTION

The Fate of Others By Richard Bausch

The Fate of Others

The old man looked over at him, not quite smiling. “I pissed in the fountain.” He heaved a long, slow sigh. “Twice.”


FICTION

Boston Commonat Twilight By Susan Minot

Boston Common
at Twilight

In that mysterious place, he would supposedly find someone to sell him pot.

FICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

FICTION

The Rescue By Joyce Carol Oates

The Rescue

Already it was late. He’d missed supper. Past 9 p.m. No one asked any longer—Where’s Daddy?

NONFICTION

Fifteen Dogs By Rick Bass

Fifteen Dogs

You really should go back and pick up those little pups. / Ah, they’re feral, they wouldn’t make good pets, they’re irredeemable.

NONFICTION

Fifteen Ways to Avoid Gardening By Ann Beattie

Fifteen Ways to Avoid Gardening

Call tick control. When they don’t show up, see if mosquito control can help in their own quiet, noncarcinogenic way.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

Don’t Beat My Sister By Charmaine Craig

Don’t Beat My Sister

Htet Htet explains that her difficulty (my word, not hers) actually began before her single mother sold her to the traffickers.

NONFICTION

Losing My Mother By Kate Small

Losing My Mother

We run, balancing bags, pulling suitcases, through the airport hallways, and outside toward the cold December air.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE BY HAND

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Hong Kong By Nancy  Gendimenico

Hong Kong

We toured the factory. We didn’t ask what these women were paid or how they were treated.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Ca Dao By John Balaban

Ca Dao

In 1971–1972, I returned to Vietnam with a tape recorder to collect the oral poetry know as ca dao.

NARRATIVE BY HAND

Notes and Annotations By William Butler Yeats

Notes and Annotations

Handwritten drafts of “Byzantium,” “Easter 1916,” “Under Ben Bulben,” and other poems.

NARRATIVE 10

iSTORIES

NARRATIVE 10

Narrative 10 By Ocean Vuong

Narrative 10

Q: A line that continues to inspire you?

A: “What if a piece of wood discovers it’s a violin?”

iSTORIES

Go-Go By Robert Kinerk

Go-Go

There was this go-go place in Oakland in 1968 where Kelly took us when we first got off the ship.
Phone Cards By Mary Morrissy

Phone Cards

I needs them to call my Angelo. How else he remember me? Please, I says, but it is no good.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Schooling By Ian Spencer Bell

Schooling

We had been dancing the reverence, walking around ourselves on both sides, picking up flowers, thanking corners.

POETRY

The Shape of God By Tyree Daye

The Shape of God

I hold on to the shape of a star the way my aunts hold on to Jesus’s gown, his whiteness they have never trusted on anyone else.
Eating at the Fancy Shanghai Restaurant By Carlina Duan

Eating at the Fancy Shanghai Restaurant

tell me more / I’m hungry / how much? I stutter in English, a wingless weight.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Black Sand By Matthew Gellman

Black Sand

All these barns with their busted spidery limbs strewn over the bunches of lupine as horses tuck themselves into the faultline of summer.

POETRY

A Blessing By Carlie Hoffman

A Blessing

My younger brother and I crammed our bodies underneath the round dining table, field mice entering a tulip’s ear.

POETRY

Nevada City, California, Aubade By Sharon Olds

Nevada City, California, Aubade

Others who hate injustice and extermination and murder are willing to go into its intimate places to hate it directly, up close.

POETRY

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

Soledad andOther Poems By Deborah Paredez

Soledad and
Other Poems

Mary Ann is a fourteen-year-old runaway. Later she’ll say, I hitchhiked my way into history.

POETRY

Ode to the Boot Scraper on the Stoop andOther Poems By Austin Smith

Ode to the Boot Scraper on the Stoop and
Other Poems

The man who broke it too poor not to put it to use.

iPOEMS

Old-Time Religion By Christopher Warner

Old-Time Religion

I light fires in the dark wake of space where you have tarried. Or died.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-06 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-06

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Farley Katz, Mary Lawton, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-05 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-05

New laughs from Lydia Conklin, Kaamran Hafeez, David Rowles, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-04 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-04

Great new toons by Joe Dator, Bob Eckstein, Seth Fleishman, John Klossner, and Mary Lawton.