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MARK L. KEATS | FICTION

2018-10-04T01:46:50+00:00

Some of the vendors stood and smoked, some joked with one another, their laughter slowly dissipating in the night; others sat; still, a few looked as if they had fallen asleep. It was late, a little past 10:30pm. An older woman with tired eyes and a lot of makeup waved to him, offered him a pamphlet with words he couldn’t quite understand. She moved onto to another person, handed out another pamphlet. He read the Korean below: “Jesus Christ saves.”

MARK L. KEATS | FICTION2018-10-04T01:46:50+00:00

VONETTA YOUNG | FICTION

2018-10-04T12:21:26+00:00

He was cute, but I liked his ambition more. He wanted to create his own tech start-up; he was just trying to figure out which problem he wanted to solve first, he said. He’d traveled throughout Europe on vacations with his family growing up. My mom and I had never been on vacation ever, except to go see Mee-Maw in New York when her health started failing. When I studied abroad, I was the first person in my family to travel outside of the country.

VONETTA YOUNG | FICTION2018-10-04T12:21:26+00:00

MELISSA CUNDIEFF | FICTION

2018-10-04T12:20:57+00:00

The dog that bit me was a stray scavenging on the street; I was eight years old. After letting go of my mother’s hand to embrace the dog around its neck, I only remember a few details.

MELISSA CUNDIEFF | FICTION2018-10-04T12:20:57+00:00

ROBIN RICHARDSON | POETRY

2018-10-04T01:26:04+00:00

“You mistook his peace for shyness mistook the blue for pools the eyes for danger because all the other eyes of all the other boys hid hostage narratives”

ROBIN RICHARDSON | POETRY2018-10-04T01:26:04+00:00

RITA MOOKERJEE | POETRY

2018-10-04T01:25:51+00:00

“I was nobody’s angel in the centerfold/too ballet scrawny to have any curves/too darkskinned to light up a room/too short to tower over my haters”

RITA MOOKERJEE | POETRY2018-10-04T01:25:51+00:00

PENELOPE ROMO | POETRY

2018-10-04T01:44:38+00:00

“because i had to, because/there is no room in the anglo o rthography /for an accented o, an ó/who is a mother with an umbilical cord/hanging out loose”

PENELOPE ROMO | POETRY2018-10-04T01:44:38+00:00

HANNAH COHEN | POETRY

2018-10-04T01:03:24+00:00

“my children will begin to understand sometimes Dads are not your real Dads maybe their real Dad is still wandering no change of clothes no cash no comb”

HANNAH COHEN | POETRY2018-10-04T01:03:24+00:00

CATCH BUSINESS | POETRY

2018-10-04T01:01:53+00:00

“i can imagine you imagining me doing that with you like i was imagining in that moment / you never really know what the other person is thinking but i thought if we were off the clock i would try to find a way to kiss you”

CATCH BUSINESS | POETRY2018-10-04T01:01:53+00:00

ALISON KRONSTADT | POETRY

2018-10-04T00:59:26+00:00

“& what should I have grown up to be? She tried. Parted our hair to the side. Let two boys throw love at her one stuck she thought it was a miracle.”

ALISON KRONSTADT | POETRY2018-10-04T00:59:26+00:00

CKLARA MORADIAN | NONFICTION

2018-10-05T12:20:44+00:00

I passed by dried limes, herbs, fresh cheese, honey combs, lentils, henna and walnuts. I stopped to ask for a sample of red plum paste that tasted so sour all the muscles in my face twisted up. The vendors laughed at me kindly. I wanted to disappear into everything. I wanted to run away.

CKLARA MORADIAN | NONFICTION2018-10-05T12:20:44+00:00

ASHLEY LOPEZ | FICTION

2018-10-04T00:55:06+00:00

When the doors of the Downtown A slide open, college couples exit—ping pong balls of intoxication bouncing into the night. You squeeze into the only vacant seat next to a man with his knees pressed together, oxforded feet crossed. He resides in the middle of a three-seat bench. His navy-slacked thighs press you into the partition.

ASHLEY LOPEZ | FICTION2018-10-04T00:55:06+00:00

CHRISTOPHER JAMES | FICTION

2018-10-04T00:48:01+00:00

This is my new gf. She doesn’t like where I live. Is it because of the fairy lights? I ask. She doesn’t say, she never says much, but she likes it more if we stay at her place, which is miles away. We go there after work sometimes, past a field with horses on the way. ‘Horses,’ I say.

CHRISTOPHER JAMES | FICTION2018-10-04T00:48:01+00:00

DEVAN COLLINS DEL CONTE | FICTION

2018-10-04T10:54:10+00:00

Emmy can see the interstate and the flashing colored lights of the Gold Club, the shadow of the bouncer by the entrance and the boisterous groups of men filing in with pockets full of singles. On the other side of the highway, a back street dead-ends into a Baptist church. The scent of the drive-in doesn’t reach this high. Instead it smells like rain and gas fumes from the traffic roaring by, looping the city, their taillights melting into a red-yellow stream.

DEVAN COLLINS DEL CONTE | FICTION2018-10-04T10:54:10+00:00

EMMA COHEN | FICTION

2018-10-04T00:46:10+00:00

I haven’t prayed in years, since high school when I prayed for a date to prom. When I used to pray I could feel a presence hanging above me, a great translucent presence high above, gooey, like a puddle of jello. I decide to try it out again.

EMMA COHEN | FICTION2018-10-04T00:46:10+00:00

JENNIFER DICKINSON | FICTION

2018-10-04T00:45:07+00:00

If only he could be Jonas Delvecchio, who lived in a real house just three bus stops away. Jonas had been adopted as an infant by an Italian couple who drove Porsches and took him skiing in Madrid every year. Because of his parents, Jonas knew things the other kids didn’t. Saline swimming pools didn’t dry out your skin as much as chlorine. The most comfortable pillows were made of down. Purebred poodles were better behaved than purebred Chihuahuas.

JENNIFER DICKINSON | FICTION2018-10-04T00:45:07+00:00

ELLENA SAVAGE | NONFICTION

2018-08-31T11:07:06+00:00

after a while you won't be able to turn on the wim wenders film paris texas just because it is streaming on demand and it is friday evening and you are living alone because he who has bale coloured hair and sensitive skin is interstate for the time being working for the man you won't be able to simply watch movies that too heavily dramatise male loneliness

ELLENA SAVAGE | NONFICTION2018-08-31T11:07:06+00:00

INTERVIEW | SHYLAH HAMILTON AND VRENI MICHELINI-CASTILLO

2018-08-31T11:08:18+00:00

Under oak trees, on a table surrounded by two small bouquets of chamomile, I watched Shylah Hamilton, a filmmaker and fiction writer, and rapper Vreni Michelini-Castillo perform a ceremony designed to facilitate creativity and self-reflection. I listened to their thoughts on creativity, racism, and colonization--how these topics affect marginalized artists--and wondered why my life isn’t right.

INTERVIEW | SHYLAH HAMILTON AND VRENI MICHELINI-CASTILLO2018-08-31T11:08:18+00:00

ANNETTE COVRIGARU | NONFICTION

2018-08-30T18:30:56+00:00

We’ve been touring Israel, my mom and I, for almost two weeks now and until this point everything’s been agreeable. The crusader fortress in Akko, the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa, the visit to Kibbutz El Rom, the winery in the Golan Heights (which I skipped, more of a beer person). Even St. Peters Church had weakened me.

ANNETTE COVRIGARU | NONFICTION2018-08-30T18:30:56+00:00

MICHELE LOMBARDO | FICTION

2018-08-30T10:08:22+00:00

T. rex roared, eyes flicking about in short, rapid movements consistent with a predator possessing heightened sensory abilities. It paused before us, head hovering fifteen feet above. It screamed, teeth long like fingers. Cassidy and I reflexively cowered, then laughed.

MICHELE LOMBARDO | FICTION2018-08-30T10:08:22+00:00

JASMINE SEALY | FICTION

2018-08-30T10:07:46+00:00

That night, Jezebel dreams that she forgot her purse on the bus. She chases the bus on foot from stop to stop, always a few feet behind, until it disappears around a bend. She wakes up aching. She feels like she has shed a layer of skin. She turns to David in half-sleep and when she speaks her voice cracks in the dark like static on wool. David pulls her closer to his chest. She says, “I’m always dreaming of losing things. I leave bits of myself behind wherever I go.”

JASMINE SEALY | FICTION2018-08-30T10:07:46+00:00

CHRIS LORRAINE | FICTION

2018-08-31T11:08:10+00:00

I see life lines and love lines like I’ve never seen them before. As I look, I know what they say. Suddenly I know how to read, like my daughter. This knowledge is no longer inaccessible to me.

CHRIS LORRAINE | FICTION2018-08-31T11:08:10+00:00

ALEX BEHR | FICTION

2018-08-31T11:40:36+00:00

he had made a pass at her on a rooftop that went horribly wrong because he thought she would think it was sexy if he put a cigarette out on his wrist like Darby Crash’s sycophantic girl fans, but it hurt like hell and she laughed at him and went into the bathroom to do some crank

ALEX BEHR | FICTION2018-08-31T11:40:36+00:00

RANDALL JONG | FICTION

2018-08-30T10:08:47+00:00

These joys should be enough evidence to prove, yes, he is happy. But why does this question keep appearing and spreading like pests? When Joe wakes up, three hours later, he discovers that he has just experienced a terrible dream that he cannot remember. Is it about Allison—no. Is it about The Store—no. Is it about doing something else other than grocery; is it about being someone completely different—maybe?

RANDALL JONG | FICTION2018-08-30T10:08:47+00:00

ARIEL SARAMANDI | FICTION

2018-08-31T11:24:20+00:00

Elise shook her head in reply. ‘You know, maybe I was a coward before. But now,’ she smiled, knowing how irritating her next phrase would be, and pleased she had come up with it, ‘but now I feel like my feelings have been cut away.’

ARIEL SARAMANDI | FICTION2018-08-31T11:24:20+00:00

JENNY BITNER | FICTION

2018-08-01T10:15:25+00:00

And that was when he introduced me to the concept of child sharing, an idea that he had evidently been rolling around in his head since he was in high school. He had the idea that we could find other people who wanted to have a share in our child—people we liked, who didn’t want their own baby.

JENNY BITNER | FICTION2018-08-01T10:15:25+00:00

JESSICA MALORDY | FICTION

2018-08-01T10:15:09+00:00

On the afternoon that the king’s herald arrived the goosegirls were not minding their geese. They were at the stream, barefoot and barelegged, the hems of their shifts knotted and clutched in their fists as they waded through the water. They made their way to the boulders at the center of the stream. Their hair, long and dark, hung free.

JESSICA MALORDY | FICTION2018-08-01T10:15:09+00:00

Kevin Joffré | FICTION

2018-07-31T11:45:50+00:00

Kathy Bates wasn’t actually the actress Kathy Bates, but a corpulent queen who was also in the bar performing right after Kelsi. She was feral. Her makeup was bright red and white, applied liked war paint. I could hear her screeching from backstage.

Kevin Joffré | FICTION2018-07-31T11:45:50+00:00

ALLEN M. PRICE | NONFICTION

2018-08-10T03:33:04+00:00

For many, the sun-sparkling Atlantic, the clean-as-seashell beaches, and the freshly-caught seafood of Provincetown are a vacation paradise. For gays, it’s a liberating mecca where kissing, hand-holding, and public displays of affection are smiled upon.

ALLEN M. PRICE | NONFICTION2018-08-10T03:33:04+00:00

TAMZIN MITCHELL | NONFICTION

2018-07-31T11:46:42+00:00

Sharks do not sleep as mammals do. Many shark species must keep moving in slumber, bodies restless even if minds are calm, to push oxygenated water past their gills. They are drifters. They, too, are restless at night.

TAMZIN MITCHELL | NONFICTION2018-07-31T11:46:42+00:00

NATALIE E. ILLUM | POETRY

2018-07-30T23:37:35+00:00

“if her allergens would keep to themselves./God forbid you have to be mindful/of dairy or cross contamination./...God forbid you ever worry/about the size and symbols/of a bathroom stall.”

NATALIE E. ILLUM | POETRY2018-07-30T23:37:35+00:00

KAREN AN-HWEI LEE | POETRY

2018-07-30T23:35:12+00:00

“4. “Drink a daily glass of kombucha instead of sweet tea, blue algae, or cola.”/5. “Is kombucha similar to zero-calorie water or rambutan agua fresca?”/6. “You look so young. Do you drink a lot of kombucha or is it the melanin?”’

KAREN AN-HWEI LEE | POETRY2018-07-30T23:35:12+00:00

COLETTE ARRAND | POETRY

2018-07-31T11:38:33+00:00

“When cis men say they worry/about dying in the floodwaters of a former/sheet of ice, I think it must be nice, the privilege/that allows a cis man to worry about drowning…”

COLETTE ARRAND | POETRY2018-07-31T11:38:33+00:00

ASHLEY WREN COLLINS | FICTION

2018-08-01T10:15:12+00:00

Okay, so maybe it’s not from Finian’s Rainbow, but it’s always some obscure gem from the glory days of Broadway musicals and if not that, then the opposite – The Beatles or maybe even Mick in the Rolling Stones.

ASHLEY WREN COLLINS | FICTION2018-08-01T10:15:12+00:00

LILY WANG | FICTION

2018-07-31T11:39:09+00:00

My mother had spent summer bent over her miniature vegetable garden. She planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and beans. There was always a bowl of tomatoes on the dining room table; the rabbits ate everything else.

LILY WANG | FICTION2018-07-31T11:39:09+00:00

MARIA SABA | FICTION

2018-08-01T13:12:41+00:00

“Let me give her a kiss then,” my mother said. My heart sank; they don’t miss me, I thought. She lowered the blanket, caressed my hair, and hugged me gently. The sweet scent of forsythia from her hair filled my head. I yearned to clasp my arms around her, but she hadn’t insisted on taking me home because their ‘friends’ mattered more.

MARIA SABA | FICTION2018-08-01T13:12:41+00:00

TEO MUNGARAY | POETRY

2018-06-30T14:20:22+00:00

“funny how death isn’t much on the mind isn’t much a real thing isn’t much a/ concern until your body is a galactic crucible is a pillar of creation for the death-makers”

TEO MUNGARAY | POETRY2018-06-30T14:20:22+00:00

RAINIE OET | NONFICTION

2018-08-31T17:19:31+00:00

I just re-remembered: Mama told me and Mark not to say “cancer” in this house, everyone was keeping it secret from Baba Galya that she was going to die. Deda Vitya says, “Lina told me, after Galya died, that Galya told her she went to the doctor on her own and asked him how much time she had. Galya put cards under her clothes, and later I found them: ‘These are for Lina, these are for…’ So Galya knew, and kept it a secret from all of us…”

RAINIE OET | NONFICTION2018-08-31T17:19:31+00:00

EMMA WANG | NONFICTION

2018-06-30T14:25:37+00:00

Over the course of my eighth-grade year, my exceptional hearing paid off, earning me a couple of eavesdropping sessions between mom and dad. They argued with low voices in the morning, careful not to wake me.

EMMA WANG | NONFICTION2018-06-30T14:25:37+00:00

RHIANNON RICHARDSON | FICTION

2018-06-30T16:58:33+00:00

It felt good though. I’d chill and fuck with Maurice on weekends. During the week, I could walk up and down the hall in school with Tyrell’s arm around my waist. He and I fooled around after school, before my mom came home from work. I had to make sure I was keeping him satisfied so he wouldn’t get suspicious or start asking questions.

RHIANNON RICHARDSON | FICTION2018-06-30T16:58:33+00:00

REBEKAH BERGMAN | FICTION

2018-06-30T16:50:06+00:00

And here—she’s just caught her husband putting on Rogaine. So, she thinks, she will not have to say it after all. She’s staring at him in the mirror, imagining the future of his baldness like a sunrise.She sees herself there also, her own hair, as it ages, becoming hopefully silver but probably gray.

REBEKAH BERGMAN | FICTION2018-06-30T16:50:06+00:00

MAX JACK-MONROE | FICTION

2018-06-30T16:58:25+00:00

I chose Madeleine as a tribute to the city that I’ve called home for the past four years. Yes, as in the orphan pelirrojita in the old house covered with vines. And yes, as in one of those little French cakes that kind of look like duckbills.

MAX JACK-MONROE | FICTION2018-06-30T16:58:25+00:00

JACKSON FRONS | FICTION

2018-06-30T17:15:12+00:00

My dad lives in London, where he works for a TV company. He manages all of their reality shows. Big Brother Norway, Survivor Sweden, Amazing Race Belgium, you get it.

JACKSON FRONS | FICTION2018-06-30T17:15:12+00:00

AMANDA OOSTHUIZEN | FICTION

2018-07-01T21:36:11+00:00

I find the white-eyed bird with the red beak halfway up a column of rock, and although he is dazed by the gathering heat of the day, I manage to coax him into the cage without difficulty. He is around a metre in height. He has grown since we last met and takes up most of the cage. I would like to feed him but I haven’t seen any mice for a while.

AMANDA OOSTHUIZEN | FICTION2018-07-01T21:36:11+00:00

ERIN KIRSH | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:04:33+00:00

I search for a good sleeping posture as night edges closer to business hours. I lay on my side, then on my stomach. I hang an arm off the bed. I flip the pillow to the cool side and back. I think about Adrienne, how soft the blankets on her bed are. I try and try, but I can’t get comfortable.

ERIN KIRSH | FICTION2018-06-01T15:04:33+00:00

BRANDON MELENDEZ | POETRY

2018-06-30T16:39:59+00:00

“if Rome had fallen here, this desert/would have made it look like the most miraculous/& inviting smoke.” “if Rome had fallen here, this desert/would have made it look like the most miraculous/& inviting smoke.”

BRANDON MELENDEZ | POETRY2018-06-30T16:39:59+00:00

KIMBERLY REYES | POETRY

2018-06-01T15:41:43+00:00

“He grabs and grabs your hand and you keep going, daring and bargaining and begging for grace, trapped in all the muck and fluidity of the in between space.”

KIMBERLY REYES | POETRY2018-06-01T15:41:43+00:00

MICHELLE LYN KING | NONFICTION

2018-06-01T15:36:31+00:00

"Well, that shut me right up. He had told me before that I sounded crazy, that I was acting crazy. This time was different. I was crazy, plain and simple. I excused myself to use the bathroom and turned on both the sink faucet and the shower head. I was not going to let him hear me cry."

MICHELLE LYN KING | NONFICTION2018-06-01T15:36:31+00:00

IRA SUKRUNGRUANG | NONFICTION

2018-06-01T15:08:23+00:00

When I was boy, you were a planet. Then you weren’t. You disappeared from the solar system, relegated to “other,” to “dwarf.” But I remember you, distant one. You are part of a family of the forsaken. In the end, you revolved around the sun like the rest of us.

IRA SUKRUNGRUANG | NONFICTION2018-06-01T15:08:23+00:00

OSCAR MANCINAS | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:48:44+00:00

"I don’t want to go out drinking with anyone. I want to drink, and for everyone to go bother Anna, instead. As the Phoenix desert glides by outside my window, I realize I haven’t seen Hermes or my home state in nearly ten years. His laugh is annoying as hell, but it also reminds me of a past life, I feel weirdly relaxed."

OSCAR MANCINAS | FICTION2018-06-01T15:48:44+00:00

JOSEPH CACERES | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:13:39+00:00

"All of a sudden I jumped in fright. My five-year-old cousin, Nina, was walking through the hallway like a resurrected corpse—the kind that search for brains in those low-budget movies we weren’t allowed to watch—and she crashed into me as I stood before the doorway of my father’s room."

JOSEPH CACERES | FICTION2018-06-01T15:13:39+00:00

ELEANOR R.F. JORDAN | FICTION

2018-06-30T14:18:56+00:00

"I could pretend that I’d like to make some sly comment about the tone of her legs or the nervous but somehow sexy pout on her face as she entered my closet-sized office– it seems appropriate somehow– but the truth is I find the idea nauseating. Call me new-fashioned, but I don’t care about your legs– I just want your credits. But I digress."

ELEANOR R.F. JORDAN | FICTION2018-06-30T14:18:56+00:00

BRITTANY ACKERMAN | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:50:18+00:00

"I was writing a movie script. I was taking calls about plotlines and character development in between shifts at the restaurant and singing hymns at Bible study. I was all in, as they say. I was all caught up, as it were. He wanted me to have a good time. When we walked into the lobby, a girl gave us waters with orange peels."

BRITTANY ACKERMAN | FICTION2018-06-01T15:50:18+00:00

NOAH WEISZ | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:53:35+00:00

"Grace backed into a corner near the door to keep practicing while the rest of us paired up. Two-person juggling, otherwise known as passing, is one of the things we do best at SOPWETT. Arms up, and down, and: one, two, three, four, pass, two, three, four, pass, two, three, four, pass, two, three, four…" "

NOAH WEISZ | FICTION2018-06-01T15:53:35+00:00