17 09, 2017

Ali Raz | Fiction


Two boarding passes and I’m sitting on a sofa in this airport, waiting for a plane again. I feel my fear in the palm of my hand. The old exhaustion. Familiar churning in my gut. It’s time to leave. I can’t wait. Outside’s a massive, swamplike heat. Humidity. I want to dip my head in acid. Clean myself out. Shake the dirt that’s all over me. It’s time to leave at last and I can’t wait, but I think something’s happened, this blinding flash of light.

Ali Raz | Fiction2018-12-20T12:44:59-04:00
17 09, 2017

Kevin Chong | Fiction


My own mother wore the same handmade clothes until the day she never woke up. Try as I might, I am nowhere near the seamstress she was. So now I wear my daughter’s old clothes. She left a closet full of them, in perfect condition, after she moved out of the house. There are enough sweatshirts for me to live out my days in them.

Kevin Chong | Fiction2018-12-20T12:45:06-04:00
28 07, 2017

Tatiana Ryckman | I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do)


Months after using my camera, I developed a roll of film and found you on it. I thought of Sontag writing, “The sense of the unattainable that can be evoked by photographs feeds directly into the erotic feelings of those for whom desirability is increased by distance.” I felt obvious and became embarrassed.

Tatiana Ryckman | I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do)2017-07-28T17:21:13-04:00
14 07, 2017

Olivia Mardwig | Practice


After rereading it you feel a weakness that draws out of you like a low tide until there are only raised boats in the mud and incredible want. Why didn’t the character in the story predict that? What did she know that you don’t?

Olivia Mardwig | Practice2017-07-17T01:57:34-04:00
14 07, 2017

Thomas Molander | To See Abundant o


He reached into his briefcase, pulled out an apple, wiped it on his shirt, and took a large chomp. He watched himself chew in the rear-view mirror. He ate the apple’s core too because he had nowhere to dispose of it and he didn’t want to chuck it out the window in case the client pulled in at exactly that moment.

Thomas Molander | To See Abundant o2017-07-17T16:14:54-04:00
14 07, 2017

Lisa Piazza | The Beat Between


If you think I see Sibley, if you think I see Ruze, if you think I see Gran or my mom or Ms. K – sorry, you lose.  In Gran’s town, the streets don’t care if you are desperate or sad – the streets, like the dark houses, like the faraway sky, like the trees, do what they’re gonna do.  They keep quiet.  They keep calm – each intersection on auto-light: red, green, yellow.  Stop, go, slow.  Green, yellow, red, green.   Go slow, stop, go back…or go home. 

Lisa Piazza | The Beat Between2018-11-24T14:19:33-04:00
11 07, 2017

Ethan Feuer | Earjob   


Under her keyboard was a faint eeee. Feeble warble weakly insistent like a dog shut outside. The eeee was deep in her laptop’s guts. Her brother Mark was on video chat, her famous and handsome brother, mouth-breathing due to his rhinoplasty and making tattoo suggestions. But she could hear it between his sentences, the eeee.

Ethan Feuer | Earjob   2017-07-14T17:31:04-04:00
11 07, 2017

Cathy Ulrich | This Is Not Your Beautiful House


There’s nothing wrong with your life, other than the obvious things. The other girl is rich, though, the kind of rich with soft hands and chauffeurs. You meet her outside her mansion, a baseball cap tipped over your face to hide it.

Cathy Ulrich | This Is Not Your Beautiful House2017-07-17T01:53:56-04:00
11 07, 2017

Leah Bailly | Paradise, NV


I also occasionally fell into a coma. I would dream of Las Vegas past, when I was a kid, when I flew down with my grandparents and we could still go to the Sands and the Silver Slipper and the Stardust. They would spend six weeks in the desert every winter in a motel two blocks off the Strip with a pool and a large Yiddish clientele.

Leah Bailly | Paradise, NV2018-12-20T12:40:19-04:00
11 07, 2017

Alexandria Narae Young | Miyoung in April


Within a few minutes a woman in a red sweatshirt came to collect Tammy. Anisha left soon after, and then, to my consternation, so did Daniel Park. By lunchtime half the class had gone home. At the time I had a strange fondness for carrots dipped in ketchup, and it was this I was enjoying when my father appeared in the doorway.

Alexandria Narae Young | Miyoung in April2017-07-17T11:53:55-04:00
11 07, 2017

Justin Brouckaert | The Grandmothers


The grandmothers walk through the front door, two and three at a time, bonding over talk of the weather. They lower their umbrellas, brush raindrops from their shawls and smooth their sheen grey hair, propped up in helmets or draped over grandmotherly shoulders. Cats and dogs, they say. Absolutely cats and dogs.

Justin Brouckaert | The Grandmothers2017-07-17T11:59:12-04:00
11 07, 2017

Melissa Moorer | It was never like this, it was always like this


My room was just as messy as I remembered it, books and papers all over the floor, crushing the bed under their weight. This whole thing was getting farther and farther away from the story I’d written and I wasn’t sure how to get it back. Where was he anyway?

Melissa Moorer | It was never like this, it was always like this2018-01-06T16:08:58-04:00
11 07, 2017

Seyward Goodhand | What Bothers a Woman of the World


First of all the name of the creature who follows me around: Agvagvat. Watching my mouth in the mirror call her, “Hey, Agvagvat,” I can’t stand it—Agvagvat isn’t an attractive word to say. When my mouth makes those guppy sounds I look very middle aged.

Seyward Goodhand | What Bothers a Woman of the World2017-07-17T16:11:25-04:00
11 07, 2017

Kristin Vuković | Barren


In Marko and Ana’s living room in Astoria hung a framed piece of Paška čipka—Pag lace—attached to a piece of creased cerulean paper. Last year when they were packing their bags to leave Croatia, Marko told Ana not to put it in her suitcase but she was hurried and stuffed everything in.

Kristin Vuković | Barren2017-07-17T02:03:30-04:00
2 05, 2017

Kimberly King Parsons | The Touch


Born landlocked, the animal trainer had been plagued all his life by whale thoughts. It made no sense. He had never seen one, would never, still his dreams brimmed [...]

Kimberly King Parsons | The Touch2018-11-24T14:16:37-04:00
2 05, 2017

Simone Person | Bunny Man


Sheri shakes me awake. She’s half out of her sleeping bag, a flashlight pressed under her chin. It’s spreading shadows across her fleshy face. Most of her sleepover had [...]

Simone Person | Bunny Man2018-11-24T14:16:33-04:00
2 05, 2017

Kate Jayroe | Office Max


Two weeks ago, we packed our bags and left the civilized world. We moved into an Office Max. One with trouble maintaining full lighting. Downtown. Though it is the [...]

Kate Jayroe | Office Max2018-11-24T14:16:35-04:00
2 05, 2017

Laurel Sharon | Buried Alive


Her parents had moved to a retirement community with low humidity and warm sun. There was tennis and golf, indoor calisthenics and shuffleboard on outdoor courts. There were daily walks [...]

Laurel Sharon | Buried Alive2017-05-05T11:24:53-04:00
2 05, 2017

Kate Axelrod | A Third Party


Charlie breaks up with you over the phone but later you fly to Seattle and insist he do it in person. The initial conversation had gone something like this: You [...]

Kate Axelrod | A Third Party2017-05-06T17:10:10-04:00
2 05, 2017

Asha Thanki | Seven Days


I. On the first day it rains, we smoke in Arif’s basement. The table between us looks like it should be caving under the weight of the elaborate metal-and-clay hookah [...]

Asha Thanki | Seven Days2017-05-06T17:10:34-04:00
2 05, 2017

Richard Chiem | Animal


Before anything else, he realizes he is a person. He has somehow reached this point in his success to consider the question of what is a good person? He is [...]

Richard Chiem | Animal2017-05-06T17:11:25-04:00
2 05, 2017

Matthew Phillp | The Impresario


Alex, suddenly cold and awkward in own his skin, clicked play on Jolene. Once Dolly was well into her desperate plea, he moved away from his desk through the leaning [...]

Matthew Phillp | The Impresario2017-05-06T17:11:27-04:00
2 05, 2017

Aura Xilonen | Gringo Champion (an excerpt)


From THE GRINGO CHAMPION, by Aura Xilonen. Copyright  © 2015 Aura Xilonen Arroyo Oviedo. English translation copyright  © 2016 by Europa Editions, translated by Andrea Rosenberg. First publication 2017 by [...]

Aura Xilonen | Gringo Champion (an excerpt)2017-05-06T17:11:31-04:00
7 03, 2017

Jess Pane | Oh, How I Want to Go Home


In the Retreat Club Diner, Bud Howard drank his second morning coffee while watching the morning news on a small television set secured in the corner. The other regulars had [...]

Jess Pane | Oh, How I Want to Go Home2017-03-07T09:57:32-04:00
6 03, 2017

Jesse Ruddock | from Shot Blue


Excerpt from Jesse Ruddock's story collection Shot Blue, out February 20, 2017 from Coach House Books. Available for order now here. Her mother tried to show her how to pack a [...]

Jesse Ruddock | from Shot Blue2018-11-24T14:16:15-04:00
6 03, 2017

Angie Sijun Lou | Jukai


After dusk in Seattle, look for the moon. Sometimes it burns pale fire over the tree line, other times it hangs crookedly nailed to the sky; a slivered hangnail bitten [...]

Angie Sijun Lou | Jukai2017-05-05T22:18:02-04:00
6 03, 2017

Natalia Hero | Poison


  Listen, I know I said I'd go to meetings. I know I said I'd get a sponsor. But I'm busy. My work is my meetings. My work is my [...]

Natalia Hero | Poison2017-05-05T22:30:04-04:00
6 03, 2017

Kristen Arnett | With Teeth


Sitting in the chair means the mouth of it swallows your ass. You don’t take to the chair, it takes to your body and keeps parts after you’ve risen from [...]

Kristen Arnett | With Teeth2017-03-06T16:12:06-04:00
12 02, 2017

Chris Ames | Gutting a Pale Fish


Gutting a pale fish with my father, the strongman. He turns it in his hands once, twice, plops it on the chopping block, belly up. Swallows the air. The thing [...]

Chris Ames | Gutting a Pale Fish2017-05-05T22:20:05-04:00
12 02, 2017



. Excerpt from Edie Meidav's story collection Kingdom of the Young, out April 11, 2017 from Sarabande Books. Available for pre-order now here. Don’t worry, I didn’t take all the soaps. I [...]

Edie Meidav | MODERN PARABLES #1: THEFT2017-05-05T22:20:11-04:00
12 02, 2017

Blair Hurley | The Girl


The girl is dead. Is she a girl? She’s old enough for shimmer lipgloss, for a boyfriend. There she is in photographs, her brother’s arm large on her shoulders, grinning [...]

Blair Hurley | The Girl2017-05-05T22:20:38-04:00
12 02, 2017

Ridwan Tijani | Capital Discourses


Roland was a Marxist—probably the only Marxist in Lagos or even the whole country, he was sure. He believed that there was a “ruling class” in Nigeria and he was [...]

Ridwan Tijani | Capital Discourses2017-02-13T13:31:31-04:00
15 01, 2017

Gabe Bump | Jonah and The Dunk


Excerpt from Gabe Bump‘s forthcoming novel Get Down, Claude. July before I started 8th grade, Paul had this scare. A fuzzy blemish on an x-ray. After tests and hours of [...]

Gabe Bump | Jonah and The Dunk2018-11-24T14:16:14-04:00
14 01, 2017

Brittany Bronson | Safari Night


At the Meet-Up event, most of the women wore sexy tribal costumes, but I dressed up as Pumba from the Lion King. The elastic snout kept falling down over my [...]

Brittany Bronson | Safari Night2017-02-12T15:47:10-04:00
14 01, 2017

Bridget Brewer | Moth


Moths died in daylight, nocturnal no longer.  That summer.  It was always one hundred and two degrees.  The moths and their noon wing death.  That summer.  It was hard for [...]

Bridget Brewer | Moth2017-05-05T22:21:25-04:00
14 01, 2017

Caroline Crew | GULDIZE


Lizzie sits in a room because everything is a room. Right now, the room is a field and the field is corn. The sun is slow and turning the wheat, [...]

Caroline Crew | GULDIZE2017-05-05T22:21:29-04:00
14 01, 2017

Jono Naito | Center of the Earth


It is 6:56am PST, and I watch a car drive across a bridge. The passenger, who for this record I will call Child, presses her face against the window. The [...]

Jono Naito | Center of the Earth2017-02-12T15:50:04-04:00
19 12, 2016

Zoe Goldstein | Walking Distance


1. The neighbor had upwards of eighty succulents laced around the wood beams of his staircase. You saw him every day watering the plants, sometimes in nothing more than a [...]

Zoe Goldstein | Walking Distance2016-12-20T10:35:45-04:00
19 12, 2016

Fortunato Salazar | I Am Zelda


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 [...]

Fortunato Salazar | I Am Zelda2016-12-20T10:41:47-04:00
19 12, 2016

Mahreen Sohail | Heat Wave


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 [...]

Mahreen Sohail | Heat Wave2016-12-20T13:05:38-04:00
14 11, 2016

Michelle Tea | Black Wave


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 [...]

Michelle Tea | Black Wave2017-03-25T01:01:53-04:00
31 10, 2016

Stephanie Wong Ken | Face


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 [...]

Stephanie Wong Ken | Face2017-05-05T22:24:13-04:00
31 10, 2016

Natalie Eilbert | Malignant


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, [...]

Natalie Eilbert | Malignant2016-11-16T11:52:24-04:00
31 10, 2016

Naima Coster | The Spot


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 [...]

Naima Coster | The Spot2017-05-05T22:24:10-04:00
31 10, 2016

Saba Waheed | The Crows


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 [...]

Saba Waheed | The Crows2016-11-18T12:03:49-04:00
30 10, 2016

Andrew Cothren | West


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 [...]

Andrew Cothren | West2016-11-15T12:20:34-04:00
30 10, 2016

T.J. Kurita | Royal Jelly


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 [...]

T.J. Kurita | Royal Jelly2016-11-15T12:21:49-04:00
29 10, 2016

Meredith Alling | Two Stories


Excerpts from Meredith Alling's story collection Sing the Song, out November 18, 2016 from Future Tense Books. Available for pre-order now at   Symbiosis I was in a brightly lit [...]

Meredith Alling | Two Stories2017-03-25T01:02:04-04:00
15 10, 2016

Ilana Masad | For Context


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. [...]

Ilana Masad | For Context2017-05-05T22:24:25-04:00
13 10, 2016

Mika Taylor | The Botanist


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 [...]

Mika Taylor | The Botanist2016-11-15T12:14:51-04:00
13 10, 2016

Sarah Brown | Lessons from the Sea


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 [...]

Sarah Brown | Lessons from the Sea2018-11-24T14:16:11-04:00
13 10, 2016

Katherine Fustich | Michelle


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 [...]

Katherine Fustich | Michelle2016-11-15T12:26:45-04:00
11 09, 2016

Gregory Sullivan | Coyotes


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 [...]

Gregory Sullivan | Coyotes2016-09-15T11:15:45-04:00
11 09, 2016

Julia Chan | Stinging nettle


She grips the handle of her suitcase hard, so hard her fingers begin to cramp. The wave of passengers buoys her toward Arrivals. A sudden intestinal twist in the corridor [...]

Julia Chan | Stinging nettle2017-05-05T22:25:22-04:00
11 09, 2016

Erin Khar | David


I woke up this morning thinking about David. I woke up this morning, next to Graham, my sleeping husband, thinking about David. I woke up this morning, next to Graham, [...]

Erin Khar | David2016-09-15T11:20:25-04:00
11 09, 2016

Julie McArthur | A Polite Woman


Marla was a polite woman. If a man wanted to sleep with her she never refused. With each new man, she adopted a cat—Fluffers McGee for John, Marion for Paul, [...]

Julie McArthur | A Polite Woman2016-09-15T11:20:13-04:00
11 09, 2016

Sandra Alland | Toronto


These are the things that have changed about Toronto since I left it. There are about 239 new identical 25-floor condos, where young urban dwellers buy overpriced apartments called ‘cubes,’ [...]

Sandra Alland | Toronto2016-09-15T11:20:29-04:00
11 09, 2016

Rachel Hall | After All


In her last days, when they no longer try to lure her from her narrow bed, she hears singing, lullabies like those her mother sang to her in Ladino or [...]

Rachel Hall | After All2016-09-15T11:23:06-04:00
11 09, 2016

Yma Johnson | La Gringa Negra


I hurry down the sloping street towards dealers who stand like raptors, eyes glowing in the half light of nightfall. The wall behind them is covered in gang graffiti; gold [...]

Yma Johnson | La Gringa Negra2017-05-05T22:25:26-04:00
11 09, 2016

Erica Peplin | Perfect Couple


I had an aunt and uncle whose lives were perfect. They sent the most beautiful Christmas cards every year. They came in thick envelopes with stamps from foreign countries. It [...]

Erica Peplin | Perfect Couple2016-09-15T11:25:43-04:00
26 07, 2016

Chelsea Bieker | Any Wonder


After I moved to Oregon, away from California for the first time, Granny came up for a visit. This was a few years ago and I was still living [...]

Chelsea Bieker | Any Wonder2018-11-24T14:12:40-04:00
26 07, 2016

Lauren Barbato | Salute [May 2014]


The girls had heard from the boys that the boys were looking for the girls. Outside English, History, Spanish class. Inside the gyms, stables, dormitories. For one week only, they [...]

Lauren Barbato | Salute [May 2014]2016-07-28T10:37:50-04:00
26 07, 2016

Yoss | Super Extra Grande (excerpt)


In a distant future in which humankind has colonized the universe, Dr. Jan Sangan, a veterinarian specializing in extremely large alien organisms, goes spelunking in the bowels of a creature [...]

Yoss | Super Extra Grande (excerpt)2017-05-05T22:30:19-04:00
18 06, 2016

Brenna York | A Feeling For People


A recently-divorced 70-something took 20 minutes of my 23rd year. First, he called me an idiot savant with regards to my schoolwork. Then his eyes met my ears: “If [...]

Brenna York | A Feeling For People2018-11-24T14:12:31-04:00
15 06, 2016

Julia Sternberg | The Gift


She wanted to see the sea lions fed, but when they arrived it was just past noon and the trainers were leaving the ring with empty buckets. The air [...]

Julia Sternberg | The Gift2018-11-24T13:56:19-04:00
15 06, 2016

Rebecca Payne | St. Francis


This is the way he walks: north on Grace to College, east on College to Manning, south on Manning to Dundas, then west on Dundas back to Grace. It’s [...]

Rebecca Payne | St. Francis2018-11-24T13:54:58-04:00
15 06, 2016

Sarah Burgoyne | Nobody Coming


At the top of her journey, Johanna cracked a lager. She was thirteen and thinking of the beautiful sea. The smothering western sea. The concrete stoop leading down to [...]

Sarah Burgoyne | Nobody Coming2018-11-24T13:54:38-04:00
15 06, 2016

Amy Feltman | Turnip


It wasn’t assault, exactly. Or maybe it was. Either way it happened quickly. It stopped. Tree-scales scraped barkily against the cotton of her tee-shirt. The boy was walking away. [...]

Amy Feltman | Turnip2018-11-24T13:53:50-04:00
15 06, 2016

Amanda Boyle | Waste


One drink in and she was laughing. It felt like she hadn’t laughed in a long time, but she was always laughing one drink in, and she drank more than [...]

Amanda Boyle | Waste2016-06-20T14:22:51-04:00
2 05, 2016

Emily Jungmin Yoon | Anamnesis


My mother was a haenyo: she dove into cold waters for seaweed, abalone, sea urchin, and other things. My fifth year of elementary school holds my first memory of [...]

Emily Jungmin Yoon | Anamnesis2018-11-24T13:52:36-04:00
1 05, 2016

Genevieve Hudson | Skatepark


The summer after my first year at the new school was homage to the skateboard. Girls walked right up to the edge of the wooden ramps to watch us. [...]

Genevieve Hudson | Skatepark2018-11-24T13:52:04-04:00
1 05, 2016

Andrew F. Sullivan | Asbestos Gardens


“The world don’t want you to do that.” Cheese Watkins’ daddy says this through two inches of Plexiglas, holding a sawed-off up to the small gap where the money is [...]

Andrew F. Sullivan | Asbestos Gardens2016-06-15T11:35:56-04:00
15 03, 2016

Noy Holland | Not So The Donkeys


The donkeys are eating the barn. They’re bored, poor things. They are eating out the shape of a donkey, of a dull, sulking herd of donkeys, until at last, [...]

Noy Holland | Not So The Donkeys2018-11-24T13:49:17-04:00