STORY OF THE WEEK

We Did Not Have a Dog By Kathy Kincade

We Did Not
Have a Dog

I don’t like the noise the guns make and I don’t like it when my dad and brother shoot living things out of the sky.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Caravaggio By Rachel Han

Caravaggio

I sit on the floor at the party, watch my hands shift under the glow of signs and screens. Fingers, pornographic watercolors of unknown origin.

FINAL MONTH TO ENTER

FINAL MONTH TO ENTER
Deadline: Fri., Nov. 19, at midnight, PDT.

A contest for writers, poets, artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old.

Please see the Guidelines.

POETRY

We Spoke of Death and Other Poems By Kelsey Hennegen

We Spoke of Death and Other Poems

I’m careless with my desire like when I claw the ice on my windshield without gloves and my fingertips burn white.

Fall Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Fall Issue

FICTION

Ice Cream By Rae Canaan

Ice Cream

Unbeknownst to him, she had been a stone in the shape of a girl the whole time, sinking in her very own ocean.

FICTION

Shattered By Michael Croley

Shattered

He had dreamed of being a front-runner, someone who changed lives. The only life he had changed was his own, and lately even that felt suspect.

FICTION

Freedom By Ha Jin

Freedom

He meant to show his superiors that he was not someone they could kick around at will and that he had dignity and principles.

FICTION

FICTION

The Toll By Daniel Mason

The Toll

There had been a lot written, he said, about the biology, the epidemiology of the pandemic, but very little on the soul.

FICTION

Field Notes, Sketches, and Watercolors: Birds of the High Plains By HC Palmer

Field Notes, Sketches, and Watercolors: Birds of the High Plains

She takes the paralyzed hand from the pocket and places it on the table.

FICTION

The Bedwarmer By Nathan Poole

The Bedwarmer

Something in me acknowledged that to be beautiful and to be a woman would be costly, but this was worse than what I imagined.

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

Ten Questions for Pamela Paul

Ten Questions

My day job is overseeing book coverage at the New York Times and editing the Times Book Review. Writing is squeezed into the margins of my days.

NARRATIVE 10

A Talk with Sarah Ruhl

A Talk

Q: Who is your favorite character in fiction; your fave character in life?

A: Elizabeth Bennett. And in life? How to choose?

NARRATIVE 10

An Interview with Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

An Interview

Dr. Seuss has the Shakespearean aspect of being completely beholden to language while also bending language for his own purposes.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Caliche and Other Poems By Natalie Eilbert

Caliche and
Other Poems

As for loneliness, I tire of staring at my pleading face in a screen. A standing man burns always at the blade of my door.

POETRY

The Invention of the Darling By Li-Young Lee

The Invention of
the Darling

What we can’t see are two bodies moving at the speed of longing, burning at the blinding rate of dying, traveling in several worlds at once.

A Prophecy Is Nothing By Rosalie Moffett

A Prophecy
Is Nothing

Amazon closes, as if pulling tight a black suture, the distance between desire and the fulfillment of that desire. I was promised full control.

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

Genesis and Other Poems By Sharon Olds

Genesis and
Other Poems

I forget what it was like—for most of ten years, to wake next to no one, a being reduced, like the handiwork of a sculptor who could not stop.

Ella Says and Other Poems By Gwen Strauss

Ella Says and
Other Poems

Between interrogations Hélène mapped on the walls of her cell the Gaussian integral, the square root of pi.

iPOEMS

Third Act By Ed McManis

Third Act

You retell the story and I wait for my cues, when to smile, nod, the dark part where we both are silent.

iSTORIES

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

iSTORIES

The Right Fielder By Tom Lakin

The Right Fielder

The right fielder winces, clocking the ball’s swift descent. A lone thought in his mind: Catch it, for God’s sake, catch it.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-10 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-10

Great new toons by Kendra Allenby, Andrew Dicus, Kaamran Hafeez, Mick Stevens, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-09 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-09

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Seth Fleishman, Eva Novakovich, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and P. C. Vey.