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Authors

Six-Word Stories
Poem of the Week
What will we do without exile, and a long night that stares at the water?
Poem of the Week
My husband collects bruises, counts how many rise above the skin.
Poetry
I’m told that even during war, she took the time to put on lipstick.
Six-Word Stories
A story about money, values, and materialism—in just six words.
Photography & Art
A collection from San Franciscan photographers Eszter and David.
Photography & Art
Eszter Marosszeky and David Matheson
Nonfiction
Despite seeing the other knockoffs, I hoped my dress would be perfect.
Fiction
My mother hoped moving would erase the affair with a married man.
Fiction
No one in Lagos slouches. Bravado pulsates through the room.
Poetry
My daddy used to yodel. That’s not all. He'd wear plaid shorts & guinea Ts.
Poem of the Week
Here’s where memory, where waves of light washed over him.
Poem of the Week
We will use my entire bed and all my dishes, make dirty each chair.
Fiction
Rain falls steadily, rattling down drainpipes and gurgling into gutters.
Story of the Week
There were so many tired, frayed words thick in the air around her.
Poetry
We were assigned straight to the lion’s muzzle, the Sardasht front.
Poem of the Week
He is not a man, but an empty shell, a creature who laughs to stop the shame.
Poem of the Week
You will be a broke blues man with only some story of how you were.
Poem of the Week
My world must not be made of brief encounters along the neat squares.
Poem of the Week
my grandparents lay in a room listening to their legs rub together
Poetry
Nina sang “Tell Me More and More and Then Some” on the Caddy’s radio.
Poetry
I hold on to the shape of a star the way my aunts hold on to Jesus’s gown.
Story of the Week
There are certain defects which well mounted glitter like virtue itself.
Poetry
Regarding the affairs of our Father, your demon is Ennui.
Story of the Week
The house of our relationship is a fort. Blanket fort. Tree fort.
Masterpieces
I am going to relate to you the most lamentable love affair of my life.
Story of the Week
He ended every year in this manner, writing and dreaming.
Story of the Week
“Nothing does you so much harm as being in disgrace for lying.”
Story of the Week
He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.
Story of the Week
I could not tell what visions were vanishing in the dying slave.
Poem of the Week
The fantasy & its own undoing: that silver might drip from a neck bitten.
Nonfiction
In other words, beachfronts like Bolaño’s and mine are Nowhere.
Poem of the Week
By the time I looked over my shoulder, the sun had already fallen.
Poem of the Week
The leaves repeat my fall in choruses more ancient than my own.
Six-Word Stories
The joy and anguish of youth, captured in two six-word stories.
Story of the Week
Man is always beginning everything anew, even in his own life.
Story of the Week
Here’s a first, he said, some nutbag wants to dig the grave himself.
Fiction
Not the Olympics, the guard said. Just chuck yourself down the tube.
Fiction
The letter both pleased and disturbed her. Why did he get in touch?
Nonfiction
“Leaving for war, Hayes wept. He didn’t just cry; he wept...”
Spring Contest Winners
The women wanted signs of regret, but she was straight shouldered.
Story of the Week
He knows what she’s seeking, and he knows she won’t find it.
Story of the Week
Ms. Marmelstein led with her eyelashes, curling out like scimitars.
Story of the Week
You might say I acted on instinct. All I wanted was to stop the screaming.
Poetry
This is the stupid math of loving another human being.
Poetry
I lie down and see you one bed over; therefore God exists.
Poem of the Week
Many times I’ve stood at the lip of this river and wanted to crawl in.
Poetry Contest Winners
Each Kardashian is completely capable of being alone at night.
Poem of the Week
I needed more. I worked her lips back and wedged my hand in.
N30B Winners
When you are sixteen and sixty-five pounds, you are all shadows.
Story of the Week
The only person I’d seen naked was my mother the night she died.
Poem of the Week
How do wheels and wind-trash weave us into wakefulness?
Winter Contest Winners
Ira and Ada are stepsiblings. Within a month they were sleeping together.
Story of the Week
She had instinct for seeing what she could make happen.
Story of the Week
Tanya jokes that she comes to the East Coast now only for funerals.
Fall Contest Winners
He would sneak into my room, we would have sex, he would sneak out.
Interviews
One of the most important human capacities is compassion.
Poetry
My brother stealing all the lightbulbs, my parents live without light.
Poetry
I want you enough to gnash you into a silence made from pieces of silver.
Poem of the Week
He’s in the back of the cop car, hands in handcuffs, shaped like infinity.
Poem of the Week
The year we left the reservation a white boy gave me a trash bag.
Poem of the Week
What if Eve was an Indian & Adam was never kneaded from the earth.
Readings - Audio/Video
Ring, ring, ring at 2 a.m. means meth’s got my brother in the slammer again.
Story of the Week
No-Horse sucked his lips, imagined the taste of the white girls’ hips.
Poetry
Let’s walk down to the river, bless the paper boats and turn it all into wine.
Poem of the Week
Your hands along her spine. Her hips unfolding like a cotton napkin.
Narrative Outloud
A little music. An empty bottle of whiskey. It’s a little like cheating.
Narrative Outloud
A little music. An empty bottle of whiskey. It’s a little like cheating.
Poem of the Week
I was always being left behind in the mud, a bandage around my eyes.
Narrative Outloud
You can go from one town square to another and never fall in love.
Narrative Outloud
We need the opportunity to dance with really exquisite strangers.
Poetry
You are home in your bed like a soft animal with really intense feelers.
Poem of the Week
She was so beautiful and sweet to us. I remember she laughed a lot.
Poetry
I’m trying to manage my dumb-dumb time machine brain and be here.
Poetry
Walking through the snow with her was enough, quiet enough.
Narrative Outloud
Our crowns are made of dead hair and get swept out with the trash.
Poetry
At night the voices on the patio sound like small darting birds.
Narrative Outloud
All down my street the new fathers beat the kingness out of the kings.
Poem of the Week
Bear: You were a good ranger, walking carefully between the trees.
Story of the Week
She knew Jim would be a terrible husband. They’d murder each other.
Poem of the Week
When we watched jellyfish, Mary Kate wondered if they dreamed of land.
Fall Contest Winners
You know how good she has always been at hiding herself.
Fiction
Now all I was, all I had ever been, when it came down to it, was a tenant.
Nonfiction
Atomic bomb. How could those two words be said together?
Winter Contest Winners
I was constantly being torn between belief and disbelief in his narrative.
Story of the Week
“Silence can be difficult, and we’re silent the whole time,” she said.
Story of the Week
Each harbored a sense that a family of three was not a real family.
Poem of the Week
Empty is a strange destination, like arriving at the end of the party.
Poetry
They fed her honey, cream, bits of lime, that meaty pulp ripped from rind.
Nonfiction
They do good things for us, the bats. But we do not want them there.
Poem of the Week
How bright and eager they appear, how ready to get started.
Fiction
She heard the lowing of cattle, shouting, the crack of whips.
Classics
Who was responsible for my father not living up to expectations?
Fiction
John-Michael kept his mouth open until saliva had pooled behind his teeth.
Graphic Stories
My mother taught me to rebel within the boundaries of acceptability.
Narrative By Hand
Liza Donnelly
Graphic Stories
I'll rid the world of bad things. But first, I need to get more coffee.
Narrative 10
Best part of the day? The part when I come up with an idea for a cartoon.
Poem of the Week
A boy who makes dinosaurs from blue clay, each one with three hearts.
Poetry
Some days he thinks he has patients to see, meetings to attend.
Poem of the Week
When I see buffaloes run I think of love—how it is held.
Poetry
this country will stick it to infiltrators imprison traitors love neighbors
Story of the Week
Can there have been something in my letter, that unlucky letter?
Story of the Week
I have not won yet, but I behave, I feel and think like a rich man.
Story of the Week
Why is a duel out of the question? Men are all cocks; they should fight.
Story of the Week
I instantly realised what losing would mean. My whole life was at stake.
Story of the Week
1908. The puppet’s name is Sambo. Oh what a friendly boy he looks to be!
Story of the Week
Recently a man in my town took up residence on the football field.
Story of the Week
He was nervous and ill at ease, but my bearing seemed to reassure him.
Poetry
My baby was calling to me. But I was welded to the mountain.
Story of the Week
The longing to know hovered like a star above this child-woman.
N30B Winners
my baba sits in a midwest garage with the hood propped open.
Poetry
we’ve walked the streets: candied apples on sticks, fish heads.
Poem of the Week
she was sixteen, and swimming. she was seventy-one, and soft.
Poetry
The stars begin to turn clockwise, freeing us of all consequences.
Poem of the Week
A dwarf is now crying, he sounds swollen but golden with malediction.
Poem of the Week
The portal light, on your face, now, a rose light on a sinking freighter.
Poetry
I’ve taken the pledge and made donations of blood to the world.
Poem of the Week
We were both up there smoking weed and axle grease, blinded.
Poem of the Week
A clumsy coyote descends an old hill of garbage. Death is visiting.
Poetry
I forgot to detail that the jumper leapt from beside the hanging Monet.
Poetry
She whispers all these rocks burning up in the sky can’t be a good thing.
Story of the Week
Chess was a humiliation that hung over him like a leper’s bell.
Features
Truths don’t eclipse each other—they only complicate each other.
Story of the Week
Never issue a dare to a dead person. They’ve got all the time in the world.
Classics
Certainly the ushers who pass the baskets know me as a miser.
Story of the Week
Cruelty is cruelty and you don’t ask why, you just hit first and hit hard.
Nonfiction
It was an act that made me feel safer but also somehow more imperiled.
Narrative 10
I don’t own a smartphone and never will. I’ve never sent a text.
Fiction
Somewhere along the way her husband had gotten scared.
Story of the Week
My girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, left me for George of the Jungle.
Story of the Week
I was never nonchalant. I was more intense than Kirk Douglas.
Story of the Week
I keep my mother separate from my father. They seem fine with this.
Story of the Week
Her top lip lingered behind, pressed between his. They were soaked.
Poem of the Week
What would you say about the driver of the truck that killed you?
Poetry
We ate and then made love, the windows open to deafening twilight.
Poetry
Meghan Dunn
Poetry
Toe over toe we went, arms held out like tightrope walkers.
Poetry
Owen falls. Like a dummy. Like he’s dead even before he dies.
Poem of the Week
When he asks me if I’m ready, I don’t even know what he means.
Fiction
Despite cell phones, they seem connected only by smoke.
Story of the Week
She’ll grow into a beauty, but she needn’t contend with that yet.
Story of the Week
He touched her bruise more softly than an elevator button.
First & Second Looks
Story of the Week
Wishing he could change everything, knowing he can’t. That’s the blues.
Poem of the Week
Streetlights throw the blinds against the ceiling. It’s 7:00 p.m.
Narrative Outloud
As soon as her grandparents left, BLAM, the dance in her died.
Narrative Outloud
My first suicidal ideations occurred to me when I was ten, eleven, twelve.
Story of the Week
I loved hopping freight trains. It was cheap, dirty, and dangerous.