Exploring the art of prose



Image is a photograph of transparent pages with sketches of parts of the human skeleton; title card for the flash essay "Even Though He Fell" by Maxwell Suzuki.

Even Though He Fell by Maxwell Suzuki

November 16, 2022

  My father, after slipping backward on a stretch of rooted Alaskan ice and hitting his head, miraculously walks the three miles to get back home—heavily concussed and alone—with our two unleashed labs directing him in the winter dark. He…

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alt image: image is a color photograph of an orange origami flower; title card for a new essay, "Paper Flowers" by Sonia Alejandra Rodríguez

Paper Flowers by Sonia Alejandra Rodríguez

September 21, 2022

  1. I’m on the 7 train on my way to Manhattan from Queens. My AirPods blast Cardi B’s “I Like It” as I squeeze my way through the crowded car, not liking the pushing and the pulling as I…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of several dilapidated doors open in a hallway; title card for the new creative nonfiction piece, "The Writer," by Matthew Raymond

The Writer by Matthew Raymond

August 24, 2022

  I never met Paul Bowles, but he was still alive when I passed through Morocco in the summer of 1998. He died the following year, and it is one of my great regrets, these twenty years later, that I…

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alt text: image is a color drawing of plants with red accents; title card for "Weeds" by Chelsea Biondolillo

Weeds by Chelsea Biondolillo

August 22, 2022

  January 2021 Today is a day when I hate my house, I hate it for all the things it will never be. For ceilings that are too high for lights in one room and too low for lights in…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a wood paneled apartment building; title card for the creative nonfiction piece "Deaf Rage" by Ross Showalter

Deaf Rage by Ross Showalter

July 27, 2022

Content Warnings—ableism, audism   We corner our resident assistant right outside her dorm room. Her back presses flat against the door. Her hands come up. She is ready to escape, but she is also ready to give a reason. I…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of baby turtles on a beach; title card for Gina DeMillo Wagner's Following Floodlights Instead of the Moon

Following Floodlights Instead of the Moon by Gina DeMillo Wagner

June 29, 2022

  The nature center has five baby sea turtles, each in their own 20-gallon saltwater tank. When I see them for the first time, I have to fight the impulse to plunge my hand into the water and scoop one…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of classroom chairs pushed up against a desk; title card for Amy Evan's creative nonfiction piece "The Stoics"

The Stoics by Amy Evans

June 22, 2022

Content Warnings—death by suicide, gun violence   One morning a science teacher at the high school found the window of his lab smashed and a dead possum on the floor. In my memory, the teacher is all gray: gray pants…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of a cockroach; title card for JT Baldassarre's creative nonfiction piece "Roach Farm"

Roach Farm by JT Baldassarre

June 15, 2022

  We had gone to bed late, on usual terms: “Let’s just talk about this in the morning.” That night we did what we called “No Touch Sleep,” a nickname for exactly what it sounds like, lying next to each…

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alt text: image is a color photograph of seedling plants; title card for Gilbert Arzola's creative nonfiction piece "Eight Months"

Eight Months by Gilbert Arzola

June 8, 2022

  January Two old men used to live next to each other. One is dead and the other is dying. The one that is dead planted a garden. The one that is dying is my father. My father sits in…

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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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