STORY OF THE WEEK

Love amongthe Stacks By Various Authors

Love among
the Stacks

We’ve collected quotes from some of our favorite writers, readers, and thinkers on the pleasure—and necessity—of books.

POEM OF THE WEEK

On Homesickness By Sarah Ruhl

On Homesickness

What is your malady?
Asks the form at the community acupuncture clinic. My pen hovers—so many to choose from: the thyroid, the gut, the face.

ENTER TODAY

ENTER TODAY
Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win honors including the Pulitzer Prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories.

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FICTION

Wise as Serpents By Upton Sinclair

Wise as Serpents

“I am not proposing that you should do detective work,” explained the President. “That is the business of our Intelligence.”

Winter Issue

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Winter Issue

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A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline By Ifeoma Sesiana Amobi

A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline

My family came to America when I was one, and in my tiny luggage bag my mother stuffed dreams too large for me to carry.

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The Rage of the Squat King By Rick Bass

The Rage of the Squat King

What would make a sane, much less an educated, person want to watch such blood sport?

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The End of Life By Yoon Choi

The End of Life

He thinks with joy and conviction that the Japanese are his enemy. It is a wonderful thing to have an enemy.

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You Can’t Keep Going Like This By Shane Delaney

You Can’t Keep Going Like This

I appreciate the Plunge is special to you, sir, the guard said. But it’s special to everyone else too.

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Naming By Yelena  Furman

Naming

I sensed that a name defined who I was and would be in the future. Renaming myself was a little like being reborn.

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Butterfly By Vivian Ludford

Butterfly

“Do I look pretty?” Wenci would ask. “Do I look like I live here?” She could have lived anywhere and made it hers.

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iSTORIES

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End of Story By Marian Thurm

End of Story

During those months when she was hooking up with her affair partner, she was still helping get my mother into her nightgown.

iSTORIES

Donahue’s By Andrea Marcusa

Donahue’s

Everyone said the woman at the end of the bar was once an Argentinean prima ballerina with royal blood.

CLASSICS

POETRY

POETRY

CLASSICS

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems By Wisława Szymborska

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems

I’m working on the world, revised, improved edition, featuring fun for fools, blues for brooders.

POETRY

Miracle of Lights / Ode to MyImperfect Love By Sara Brickman

Miracle of Lights / Ode to My
Imperfect Love

Olive oil and paprika slant, just a little bent to the eye that’s looking.

POETRY

Snapshot of My Natural Father and Other Poems By Edward  Hirsch

Snapshot of My Natural Father and Other Poems

A short flight from Phoenix, he could go to Vegas on a hunch.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Suitors Know Best and Other Poems By Vandana Khanna

Suitors Know Best and Other Poems

Every night, the moon is a smooth omen staving off the inevitable—all the Suitors breathing behind the door, warping the wood with their want.

POETRY

from “The Last Bohemian ofAvenue A” By Yusef Komunyakaa

from “The Last Bohemian of
Avenue A”

Sweet talk an antihero with wet kisses on his eyelids, saying, Come over here & lie down.

POETRY

The Night I Watched My Twelve-Year-Old Brother Get Cuffed & Taken from Our Home, Tearing Up, Saying: “I Didn’t Do It!” By Anacaona Rocio Milagro

The Night I Watched My Twelve-Year-Old Brother Get Cuffed & Taken from Our Home, Tearing Up, Saying: “I Didn’t Do It!”

i was ten, his right hand.

iPOEMS

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS' NARRATIVES

iPOEMS

Feathered Cup By Shangyang  Fang

Feathered Cup

Read this beautiful, dreamlike poem—a complete universe on a single screen.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Washington, DC By Jonathan Fink

Washington, DC

My wife calls to say my daughter’s eye is out, initially suspected lost on the National Mall.

READERS' NARRATIVES

Manila, Philippines By Rowena Leong Singer

Manila, Philippines

I often observed my grandmother as she cracked shells, pinched off heads, twisted necks, and pulled off feathers.

SIX-WORD STORIES

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

SIX-WORD STORIES

First Lady By Jane Seskin

First Lady

A literal interpretation of the First Lady’s initiative, imagined in just six words.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-01

Unreal and all too real toons by Seth Fleishman, Charlie Hankin, Mary Lawton, Drew Panckeri, and David Rowles.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-12 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-12

New art and humor by Seth Fleishman, David Rowles, Mick Stevens, Julia Suits, and P. C. Vey.