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When I was a kid, you were an idiot if you wore shorts in this city. The only times I remember having them on were during soccer games (for practice [...]
I am Seth Rogen’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and I’m obsessed with the words “harlequin” and “inquiline.” The caryatid stops by our table one morning and asks if she can [...]
Early on in the summer, my mother, my father and I ran out of adjectives to describe exactly how hot we were feeling. Then my mother caught depression. Also from [...]
Shove notes in your head till they bust out where your eyes supposed to shine.
DAY ONE: I followed an ant back to his nest in the Chihuahuan Desert, a little juniper seed in his mouth.
My sail’s facing the smelly blue sky, something so alluring, between trash, college students and a giant mass of air pollution.
You tell me all the good leaked out of you a long time ago. So I shouldn’t expect much.
We were ambitious, tore golden tickets, couldn’t stand Dad nesting in bed, how our time disappeared in the night.
The radiator rattles like a host of sparrows on a dead limb. I have forgotten, again, the bread.
Tabs open on your screen right now: NASA report on water depletion, email trash fire, wikipedia page on threatening the president of the United States, wikipedia page on Wendy’s fast-food [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: health insurance nightmare, a zillion Wikipedia articles about birds, that pretty great Daft Punk/Beastie Boys mashup, Submittable, research for a poem about Nietzsche [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Facebook, Wikipedia If you had to brag about yourself: I used to play Varsity Soccer & Basketball, and was voted Prom King. Now [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Baseball statistics site, Wall Street Journal article about weirdest baseball superstitions, twitter, thesaurus, the New Yorker, tab-that-shall-not-be-named-because-it-is-related-to-my-partner’s-birthday-present, gmail. If you had to brag [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: A google doc entitled "BOOK TWO," this, this, and this. If you had to brag about yourself: My balance and sprezzatura in heels. [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Rebecca Solnit's City of Women map in the New Yorker, dreamy pictures of the Hanson Brothers, Google map street view of my childhood [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: 30. Things have gotten out of hand. If you had to brag about yourself: I would be very uncomfortable. And probably writing a [...]
Excerpt from Michelle Tea‘s novel Black Wave, released in September from Feminist Press. Michelle wasn’t sure when everyone started hanging out at the Albion. She had managed to pass the corner dive [...]
while a group of tourists take photographs of him, soldering them to words. their intentions scorch
A manicure is an act of self-care. Cut the cuticles, buff the nails.
Were fused then jumped by a frequency Multiplied along a wire That extends from the wrist of a fiery deity
You are just trying to be honest. You ask for directions through the slow orange light. A real touch dilates over you, and the playlist hides in the gauzy stretch you haven’t found.
Beds are strange places: havens, homes to dead skin, I spend so much time with mine but don’t know it at all.
For my sixth birthday I got a Mulan backpack, Mulan lunchbox, Mulan PJs, Mulan Halloween costume, and three Mulan dolls, each in different outfits, and with varying lengths of black hair.
Tabs open on your screen right now: Twitter, Gmail, way too many banking-related tabs (the thrills & chills of setting up billing & payment as a freelancer!).If you had to [...]
KETCHUP On the phone we decide to check out the mansion of the condiments empire heiress—the intricate brickwork and the midnight guards who sleep outside for $10 an hour. [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Lonely Hearts Lingerie, Chelsea Hodson’s Tiny Spills, this poem, a google doc I’m editing, the Wikipedia page on Enheduanna If you had to [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Uh, I'm a hoarder, but here are a few: NAMES FOR GOD (Wikipedia); various social media; various horoscopes for Cancers; The Guardian's review [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Google search results for “goat varieties in the Caribbean” Abramsbooks.com NYT: “10 Competitive House Races” Zabars.com Repeat Delivery Program/bagels Your writer crush: Dead? [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Hypernormalisation, a BBC documentary I want to watch; Hobart submittable page since I’m reading fiction subs for October; wolf pupy’s twitter account; Ballotpedia [...]
Your writer crush: Warsan Shire Favorite lyric: At this moment: "It's a thin line between love and hate." Any place in the world: Rush Hour Records in Amsterdam. Best breakfast: [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: cosmonaut avenue website ( ;) ) a pdf of a chapbook by astrid lorange from sod press an article by dorothea lasky called [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Gmail / Three Google Docs / Facebook / Google Search If you had to brag about yourself: I am really good at filtering [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: NYTimes, BBC, Shopstyle, Seamless, the movie "Suspiria" on YouTube If you had to brag about yourself: I have a pretty good brain Your [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: My work computer just has boring work stuff (about a gazillion tabs of a NYT archive search of “Turkish military” + “secular” since [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Gmail; Voter’s Edge CA; “Woolf's Einfuhlung: An Alternative Theory of Transgender Affect” by Lucas Crawford; four different google docs with bits of an [...]
INAUGURAL COSMONAUTS AVENUE FICTION PRIZE WINNER After much thought, Pam and I decide to fix our faces. We save up until we can afford what we want and get a [...]
No one should ever speak to anyone else if they aren’t willing to risk total exposure. Alex had a nasty habit of twirling her hair, twisting it into beetle-dense knots, [...]
We used to come here for driftwood. That was when Sidney first took me in, when I wasn’t sure yet whether or not he was a perv. He kept his [...]
Now when the screen summons up Politician X, I do a start. Not because I'm dreading your elation at his latest surge, but because you're dead, and I will never holler at another human like I did with you.
Tabs open on your screen right now: Gmail. Chase Bill Pay (I sent my last rent check to the wrong address…). Tiny Spills. Tiny Spills. Tiny Spills. Tiny Spills. Tiny [...]
Pamir roared from the bottom of his stomach, clapped loudly, pounded his feet on the ground and screeched, “Keeeeeeek! Keeeeeeek!” But the crows lined up on the power line didn’t [...]
Ben blows through a stop sign and I say You’re a goddamn jackass Ben. Two states from home and he’s already giving the cops excuses. Turn signals and speed limits [...]
There were no flowers near the house, no decorative plants. Just grass, cut short enough to kill it in some places and several trees. The grass was edged cleanly along [...]
I've only known you since the pause carrying two white mans' names An X through what is (will be)
Excerpts from Meredith Alling's story collection Sing the Song, out November 18, 2016 from Future Tense Books. Available for pre-order now at futuretensebooks.com Symbiosis I was in a brightly lit [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: 15, on a startling range of topics. If you had to brag about yourself: I'm getting nicer every day. Your writer crush: Amy [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: "Philip Glass on controlling your output and getting paid for what you make;" mottandbow.com; Facebook; "Larry Wilmore Talks HBO’s ‘Insecure,’ TV Diversity and the [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Pocket, Mint, these VERY CUTE SHOES I am considering on ASOS.com, Netflix (Episode 9 of Luke Cage), CheapAir.com, and a yellow dress on [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Cosmonauts, Jessica Lanyadoo's horoscopes, Cherry Velvet dresses, Aids Action Now website, Donovan Woods' soundcloud page. Maria Bamford's show paused on [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Only this one! If you had to brag about yourself: I would say that I try very hard to be empathetic. Your writer crush: [...]
If you had to brag about yourself: I’m Black and alive and living. Your writer crush: Nick Laird Favorite lyric: “Don’t know what’s in store, but together we can open [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Gmail, Submittable (where I'm reading fiction submissions for the next issue of No Tokens), Dictionary.com (where I was looking up a synonym for [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: facebook.com, nytimes.com, grandpa.se, lightboxpoetry.com If you had to brag about yourself: I mean, this hair, obviously. Your writer crush: Saving myself for Sondheim. [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Just this. Astrologically, my sun and moon are in Capricorn, which makes me a very focused and structured person. I fluctuate between so [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: "Aubade with Burning City" by Ocean Vuong at Poetry Magazine (audio); "100 Bells" by Tarfia Faizullah at Poetry Magazine (audio); Vimeo of Xochitl-Julisa [...]
Charlie really wasn't stalking her. Really. It took daily talking-to-self to convince Charlie of that, but Charlie knew. This wasn't stalking. This wasn't the first time they'd had this conversation. [...]
Do you know what is boring? Do you know what is really fucking boring? Watching your high school boyfriend practice with his hardcore band in the basement of his mother’s [...]
are you goth if you have black fingernails do you ask how to shoot coins into the drum soak to get off the prints and click click c/lick them clean
when the night rubbed against the night as cold hands rub against cold hands
She planted a single seed in each of his ears while he slept, tweezing in the first, then waiting patiently for him to turn. They weren’t seeds she could readily [...]
Out where we’re from, anything unpredictable is female. Countries, weather, the sea. “She’s gonna be some hot,” Henry would say when we climbed aboard in the wee hours. Or [...]
I killed it? You shrugged and I haven’t seen you since.
"A morbid streak runs through the whole of my family, but for you I could put it to rest." — Vampire Weekend Survive Low hums of machines tell you that you [...]
Leave the light on & house the wounds I call it a cliff
Reeking of pond scum and cedar smoke, the alien asks for divorce. He looks like Alexander, yes. Squat, bow-legged, with a low centre of gravity useful for turning life’s sharp [...]
When it’s hot, I think of Michelle. Usually, when she crosses my mind, I’m filled with a regret that makes my pores sizzle with dread. For that reason, I try [...]
In a subterranean Duane Reade, I gathered every ointment.
Tabs open on your screen right now: Netflix, Power House Arena, Twitter, Interview w/ Mary Miller on Electric Literature, Litreacor (my online class), The Rumpus If you had to brag [...]
the fact that it takes so much of the part of the day before my alarm goes off and the rest of the day after i get up to be in the world
Your writer crush: J.B. Fletcher Any place in the world: Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica Best breakfast: Coffee from a French Press and my friend Julie's homemade blueberry pancakes with compote [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Personal Gmail, Bennington Review Gmail, YouTube: Eric Andre Show — “Falcon,” Dream Dictionary — “Mouse Bite.” If you had to brag about yourself: [...]
Cara Benedetto is an artist who uses writing to get it going. She lives in Virginia because that's where the bumper lovers stick. She currently lives for learning environments. LA [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: DEMOCRACY NOW! COWSPIRACY (one of the most important documentaries of our time, AND the blog on this site is AMAZING) If you had [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: i honestly have so many open in two different browsers, these are just the ones i can see: ASOS, Miista, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: The New York Times, Twitter, Bernadette Mayer’s poem “Failures in Infinitives,” Danez Smith’s answers to this same Q&A (which I really enjoyed reading), [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Gmail work email KROnline interview with Safiya Sinclair RollingStone piece on South America’s 8 scariest serial killers Submittable The Guardian story on Puerto [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Max Ritvo tribute in Berfrois Gmail Facebook Season 3 of Transparent Academic jobs wiki Wix website editor Calamities by Renee Gladman Dark Souls [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: gmail, facebook, indesign, a load of word documents, spotify—too much If you had to brag about yourself: I’m quick at learning languages and [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: PsychologyToday's therapist directory (I'm searching for a new person after moving back home to Chicago from Boston), "What I Pledge Allegiance To" by [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Renew passport by mail, YouTube Living Single theme song, Google image search: vertical messenger bag, Daryl Baldwin—Macarthur Fellows class of 2016, NPR main [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: a poem, an essay prompt for my students, a Khadijah Queen poem, facebook, some lab results from my doctor, itunes playing Noname, an [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Work: University of Missouri (was away from my laptop all afternoon.) If you had to brag about yourself: I wouldn't. It's not about [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Deadspin: the story behind the perfect photo of olympic pain Deadspin: How a career ends: Dominique Moceanu, America's youngest gold-medal gymnast Youtube: Kanye [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: okay so i'm a really bad serial tab pinner. here are all my pinned tabs as of today: Aleatoric music Sami people Executive [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Facebook / An interview with Alexander Chee / Moira Egan's beautiful "Ghazanelle" / Episode 10 of Outlander / FKA twigs's performance at Pitchfork [...]
Ann Ward: First of all, hey! I'm so happy to be doing this with you guys--you are two women I have so much love and respect for; two truly badass, [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: To-Do Lists, A running document where I type up student poem feedback, Blind Pilot performing "Umpqua Rushing" Live at Bear Creek Studio (YouTube); [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: * LibriVox * Emanuel Swedenbor’s Journal of Dreams * Vistaprint * Facebook * Center for Fiction – In conversation: Atticus Lish & Daniel [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: my therapist's website, my psychiatrist's website, a video of a space-x rocket exploding, a buzzfeed listicle of baby animal GIFs that i looked [...]
When I wake up my eyes are crusted shut. When I wake up under a cotton candy sky my eyes are crusted shut. When I wake up to a cotton [...]
Unable to snore like others while sitting up, I resorted to drumming a HB 2 pencil on the table, and stared at the ceiling. With the slanted angle at which the fluorescent light penetrated the air, I could see elongated trapezoid shapes laced with dust suspended a few inches off the table.
My spiritual heart is lying on an immaculate table in the middle of the desert, in the middle of the forest wilderness, and I am all alone, completely alone and this life or this physician called God is trying to jumpstart my heart back to life. And each shock starts with a crying episode.
Tabs open on your screen right now: Outlook and a Korean news website. The news article is on the drafting of Korean women's volleyball players. If you had to brag [...]
Your writer crush: How can I have just one? I’ll name some seasonal suspects: John D’Agata, Eliot Weinberger, Harold Pinter Favorite lyric: “Don’t want to end up a cartoon in [...]
Tabs open on your screen right now: Catherine of Siena’s Wikipedia page (novel research), my work email, and a Flemish painting that I’m basing a short story about weird art [...]
I was first introduced to Stefan Kiesbye’s work in a seminar on the novella at UMass Amherst’s MFA program. While we were reading Next Door Lived a Girl, my house [...]
“When I said I wanted a wedding gown, I meant/I am a wild beast, three leaps of the gazelle,” the poet Maria Kaylib Chavez, known as MK Chavez, writes in “Ursa [...]
The sound wakes me. A dull thud. I pop up in bed like one of those inflatable air dancers, the kind used to advertise blowouts at furniture warehouses and car [...]
When we came upon Number 15 the last time, he’d already been killed, having been shot fatally by local law enforcement in a Northwest Georgia carpet-manufacturing city, which had been [...]