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CREATIVE NONFICTION

alt text: image is a color photograph of a weathered couch; title card for Beth Kephart's creative nonfiction piece "Thieves"

Thieves by Beth Kephart

May 11, 2022

  Couch You could call the color of the upholstery rust, but it was rust chasing a pattern. Blanket Harshly fibered, it was never quite white. Arrangement She couldn’t arrange herself after what they’d done to her. Then It started…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of white church doors; title card for Jane Marcellus's flash nonfiction piece "Kept"

Kept by Jane Marcellus

March 23, 2022

  Moores lived next door. He worked construction; she stayed home. I don’t know how old he was, but I remember that on her birthday, she turned twenty-two. It seemed old. I was twelve. Moores had a baby, Sidney. Their…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of an evening sky filled with palm trees; title card for Shana Graham's new creative nonfiction piece "Katya's House"

Katya’s House by Shana Graham

March 9, 2022

  In Katya’s house there are eight women who will never leave. They are splayed across a big, black, L-shaped couch in various states of beatific decline at two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon. They are arranged haphazardly: Some dozing…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of shattered glass; title card for the essay "Like Water Flowing" by April Bradley

Like Water Flowing by April Bradley

February 23, 2022

  You came and I was longing for you You cooled my heart burning with desire. —  Sappho, fr. 48   The days run together now Monday is a Wednesday is a Saturday is a Thursday and most days I…

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Little Things I Hug Huge by Sudha Balagopal

January 26, 2022

  The way Appa held the sponge-tipped brush of white shoe polish. The way he ran the snowy viscosity over my scuffed canvas shoes, on top of the laces, around the eyelets. The way he placed my shoes under the…

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Blackbird Dreams by Meg LeDuc

January 12, 2022

Content Warnings—mental illness, suicidal ideation   Close to midnight, I approach the Michigan-Ohio border, headlights flashing around me like starry pinpricks in the vast, dark tunnel along southbound I-75. It’s November 2015—a cold, clear-heaven night—and I’m clocking ninety miles per…

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Choose Your Own Adventure For ’80s Kids by Paul Crenshaw

December 8, 2021

  You are walking home from school. The year is 1983 and you’re 9 or 11 or 13, some awkward age when even the air hurts your thin skin. Maybe it’s the hole in the ozone the news is just…

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This Century, the Last by Kristine Langley Mahler

November 17, 2021

  Everyone is coughing behind a mask. The papers warn that the only way to avoid the sweeping sickness is to limit contact, but kids are still playing together in the streets because October in Cloquet, Minnesota is rarely this…

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Gun Case by Charlie Geer

November 3, 2021

  Later, after my uncle’s suicide, the gun cabinet would be moved into the attic, but in the early eighties it still stood in the upstairs hall, just outside my bedroom door. An unassuming wooden display case with twin glass-paned…

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some things I knew by age seven: by Shaina Phenix

October 20, 2021

In every story we are precocious, fast, little mothers, little women living in questionable child bodies. Men stalk the straps of our training bras sliding off our shoulders. Our mothers scold us for getting ruined or dirty—always reminding us of…

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