STORY OF THE WEEK

Rubrics By Charles Wheelan

Rubrics

It took Costa a moment to process what she had said. He was so conditioned to students lobbying for higher grades.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Carmelita/Michael By Michael A. Reyes

Carmelita/Michael

I will stand still, clothed, and launch a single pebble, a single bottle cap will become thousands will become thunderous flutter of monarchs.

ENTER TODAY

ENTER TODAY

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

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FICTION

In the Region of Ice By Joyce Carol Oates

In the Region of Ice

He gulped for breath, and Sister Irene had the startling sense of seeing the real Weinstein stare out at her, a terrified prisoner behind the confident voice.

Winter Issue

FICTION

FICTION



NONFICTION

Winter Issue

FICTION

Telepathic Message in Time of Crisis By Ann Beattie

Telepathic Message in Time of Crisis

He considers my writing interchangeable with other coronavirus activities, such as staring at your bank balance while sucking the ends of your hair.

FICTION

The Crossing Guard By Sara Houghteling

The Crossing Guard

He stops and frowns. “You going to be okay out here? I mean, a woman, by herself, in the dark?”
This hasn’t made it on to my list of worries.



NONFICTION

Beachfront By J. D. Debris

Beachfront

This beach is the perfect place to sip iced coffee, strum major-seventh chords, or meditate on the complete and utter destruction of humanity.

GRAPHIC STORIES


CLASSICS

GRAPHIC STORIES

Signaling By Jenny Lesser

Signaling

I walked around with a beat-up copy of Kafka’s stories. I thought it had a knife or candle on the cover but now realize it was a pen nib.


CLASSICS

The Masque of the Red Death By Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of
the Red Death

With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Goodbyes By John Balaban

The Goodbyes

Say their names all you want, you are calling after ghosts: Dead parents, good or bad, dwelling in terminal silence.

POETRY

Real Trees Are a Different Matter By Emma Binder

Real Trees Are a Different Matter

Canadian geese stand agog at real trees, real lake, wondering at the call of exodus unmooring webbed feet.

POETRY

The Idea of Antarctica By Kōan Anne Brink

The Idea of Antarctica

When the islands dry up, there is no telling a difference, there will be no needing to tell a difference. Silk cloud, silk veil of rock unfolding.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Not an Elegy By Patrick James Errington

Not an Elegy

Thank fuck there’s still a little weather left. Snow, which means you don’t have to talk about it, means despite itself, no poems needed.

POETRY

Divine Apparitions By Rebecca Foust

Divine Apparitions

In a tree’s convulsed burl, I saw the pope who blessed Mother T’s covert deathbed conversions but forbade condoms for men who had AIDS.

POETRY

Yet and Other Poems By April Goldman

Yet and Other Poems

He said laughing, it is brave of you to try to use the word beautiful, really kind of wild.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Ground Squirrels By J. P. Grasser

Ground Squirrels

Their rebirth was almost more joyous to see, better than before—praise this ever-loving life, I thought, that goes on despite our efforts to the contrary.

POETRY

Elegy for Suzanne Nash Gurin By Katy Gurin

Elegy for Suzanne Nash Gurin

Every time I think I know the horror of it exactly, Iʼm wrong. For mourning they say three months, two months, a year.

POETRY

Gamble By Kassy Lee

Gamble

Why my grandma loved penny slots and romance novels with unicorns mounted by long-haired men, I never knew.

POETRY

iPOEMS

READERS’ NARRATIVES

POETRY

Communication By Soren Stockman

Communication

It is part of the deal, the church, the nation I call home, where citizens protesting their own killers are told Go back to Africa.

iPOEMS

January By John Freeman

January

I cooked pasta
with chilies last
night and my
fingers still
burn.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Mumbai By Beatrice Rao

Mumbai

We learned gratitude. To be thankful for each sunrise and sunset. The birds chirping at the windowsill, singing no matter what.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-01

Great new toons by Kendra Allenby, Pat Byrnes, Ivan Ehlers, Kate Isenberg, and Mick Stevens.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-12 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-12

New art and humor by Kendra Allenby, Pat Byrnes, Jared Nangle, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-11 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-11

New laughs by J. C. Duffy, Glen Le Lievre, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Mick Stevens, and Kim Warp.