STORY OF THE WEEK

The Order They Died In By Dolly Reisman

The Order They
Died In

Up until then I had been successful in avoiding thinking about death, even if it was everywhere in front of me.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Summer at North Farm By Stephen Kuusisto

Summer at
North Farm

Fires, always fires after midnight, the sun depending in the purple birches and gleaming like a copper kettle.

JOIN OUR WINNERS

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

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FINAL MONTH TO ENTER

FINAL MONTH TO ENTER
Deadline: Wed., July 16, at midnight, PDT.

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry,” wrote Emily Dickinson. We’re seeking such poems to celebrate.

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Spring Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Spring Issue

FICTION

Making Things Up By Kate Axelrod

Making Things Up

It was late January when I started to notice ingrown hairs along my bikini line. I showed Becky, who said decisively that they were not ingrown hairs.

FICTION

Donnaiolo By Richard Bausch

Donnaiolo

“It comes to my attention that the children are staying with you. You do not want me as an enemy, Signore Hartsford.”

FICTION

Another Star By Kirstin Valdez Quade

Another Star

When Angel explained that Mike tried to strangle her, Marissa just shook her head. “He was joking. Mike jokes around.”

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

Rupert Murdoch & Me by Bill Barich

Rupert Murdoch
& Me

You’d never catch me toiling on Grub Street, or so I believed, until I got a chance to write for the Sun of London.

NONFICTION

Billionaires’ Boats By Hal Crowther

Billionaires’ Boats

The way we react to mega-yachts and Mar-a-Lago polarizes Americans as much as the way we feel about race or assault rifles and the NRA.

NONFICTION

The Far Side of the Moment By Maria Hummel

The Far Side of
the Moment

Momentum in fiction arrives when the author shifts gears to deliver both the experience and the meaning of change.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

American Standard Version By Chaun Ballard

American Standard Version

1 o Lord, how we must break Your heart daily. 2 we arrive to consume Your brokenness: we wafer & grape juice into blood.

POETRY

Perseids and Other Poems By Norman Dubie

Perseids and
Other Poems

The night-lightning turns the brown buttes into roosting hens leaving eggs to be polished with the long hair of daylight

POETRY

From BINT By Ghinwa Jawhari

From BINT

actresses, their pealing laughs breaking laws in every language, opened windows in our dreams both-handed, waved us in, naked elbows on the sill.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

From Trading Riffs to Slay Monsters By Yusef Komunyakaa and Laren McClung

From Trading Riffs to Slay Monsters

Does primal urge or a mob’s swarming lead us down a spiral to dreams of broken glass?

POETRY

Innocence and Other Poems By Erin L. McCoy

Innocence and
Other Poems

Pooled against midnight, she studied a guidebook to uninterrupted sleep. I left our city intact beneath the passport of my skin.

POETRY

Wings, 1999 By Yaccaira Salvatierra

Wings, 1999

We cracked the door open: there was air gushing in through an open window and they weren’t moths thumping around but fluttering phone cards.

POETRY

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

POETRY

On the Isle of Fast-Flowing Waters By JinJin Xu

On the Isle of Fast-Flowing Waters

LIKE ANY YOUNG POET the Misty Poet writes the Poem not for the hunger-striking students, but for the Lover he meets on the train.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Ranch Album By Gail Steiger and Lew Steiger

Ranch Album

Following four cowboys over the course of a year, this documentary offers an intimate portrait of a profession that’s changed little over the generations.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-06 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-06

New art and humor from Bob Eckstein, Mary Lawton, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, David Rowles, and Mick Stevens.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-05 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-05

New laughs from Kendra Allenby, Pat Byrnes, Ivan Ehlers, Glen Le Lievre, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-04 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-04

Great new toons by Pat Byrnes, Bob Eckstein, Kate Isenberg, David Rowles, and Mick Stevens.