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Help Us See Your Face by Susan Kleinman

July 12, 2019

  Chesed shel emet they call it—the truest loving-kindness, preparing a body for burial. Truest, because it is done at inconvenient times, in harshly lit rooms. Truest, because touching dead people isn’t fun. Truest, because the kindness can never be…

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The Warden’s Prowess by Ethan Chatagnier

June 28, 2019

  The warden’s prowess with pastry had improved much over the years. It was all we heard the old inmates talk about. They talked about it the way old men on the outside talked about wars everyone else had forgotten.…

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The Skins by Tyler Barton

June 14, 2019

  The producer wanted wet hands. Sweaty and tense to where the sound really snapped. So my team detained the clappers in an overwarm anteroom beside the recording booth. Made them wait. Clammy, anxious, beating on the soundproof door: We’re…

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River Bandit by Carl Napolitano

June 7, 2019

  For my mother   In the past month, ten rivers had gone missing. Throughout the South, zigzagging up and eastward from the Gulf Coast, tributaries popped up dry. Their dryness could be seen from above in a helicopter, funny…

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The Knife Intifada by Dewaine Farria

May 31, 2019

  The night sky above the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shufat burned with magnesium. Sizzling flares swayed to the earth on tiny parachutes, trailing smoke tendrils like a demon’s nostrils. Yaccoub leaned over his elbow onto the ambulance’s open windowsill,…

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Being the Murdered Extra by Cathy Ulrich

May 17, 2019

  The thing about being the murdered extra is you set the plot in motion. You were a girl good at walking past cameras, background girl, corner-of-the-frame girl. Never-held-a-script girl, went-where-the-director-said girl. You’ll be found in an alley, it’s always…

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2.25.64 by Mark Farrington

May 10, 2019

  Into the arena comes the somber and menacing figure of Charles “Sonny” Liston, aptly named the most frightening man in the world.   People said the war changed your father but your mother disagreed. “It just gave him license,”…

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Ricochet by Paul Crenshaw

May 3, 2019

  The boy woke to the sound of his father grabbing the gun. He heard his father sit up in bed, heard his feet touch the floor. Heard him switch the safety on and clear the round in the chamber.…

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The Solution Woman by Kenan Orhan

April 26, 2019

  Gökçe watches her younger brother stride up the street to her flower shop in his only suit coat, carrying a borrowed briefcase. The coat does not have holes yet, but the hem of the sleeve has come undone, and…

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The Provider by Anne C. English

April 12, 2019

  Green was the name of the man from the bank that took my house. He angled his body toward the door the whole time he sat in my home, both legs turned and twisted to the side, feet pointed…

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