J. Scott Bugher
A Cincinnati Boil

J. Scott Bugher - A Cincinnati Boil

Poetry
J. Scott Bugher is a writer, artist and session musician living in Indianapolis, Indiana. His poetry and short stories have… Read more »
Taylor Brown
Black River

Taylor Brown - Black River

Fiction
Taylor Brown’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New Guard, CutBank, The Coachella Review,… Read more »
Melissa Ferrone
Blue Ridge Talk

Melissa Ferrone - Blue Ridge Talk

Creative Nonfiction
Melissa Ferrone is currently an MFA student at West Virginia University with a focus in Creative Nonfiction. She also received… Read more »
Richard Spilman
Church Camp

Richard Spilman - Church Camp

Fiction
Richard Spilman is the author of two books of short fiction: Hot Fudge and The Estate Sale. He lives in… Read more »
Gabrielle Hovendon
From the Airplane, From the Water Tower

Gabrielle Hovendon - From the Airplane, From the Water Tower

Fiction
Gabrielle Hovendon is an MFA student at Bowling Green State University, where she teaches creative writing and composition. Her fiction… Read more »
Sharman Apt Russell
Icarus

Sharman Apt Russell - Icarus

Creative Nonfiction
Science and nature writer Sharman Apt Russell teaches fulltime at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico, as… Read more »
Michael Lavers
Light Years

Michael Lavers - Light Years

Poetry
Michael Lavers completed an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. His poems and essays have appeared in… Read more »
Ash Bowen
Murder in the Red Barn

Ash Bowen - Murder in the Red Barn

Poetry
Ash Bowen’s first collection of poems, The Even Years of Marriage, won the 2012 Orphic Book Prize for Poetry and… Read more »
Laura McCullough
Nautical Tattoo

Laura McCullough - Nautical Tattoo

Poetry
Laura McCullough’s most recent book of poems is Rigger Death & Hoist Another. Her other books are Panic, Speech Acts,… Read more »
Mike Smith
Notes from a Slowly Dying Suburbanite

Mike Smith - Notes from a Slowly Dying Suburbanite

Creative Nonfiction
Mike Smith is a 3rd-year Creative Nonfiction graduate student at the University of New Mexico. His historical writings have appeared… Read more »
Roy Bentley
One Wench in the House between Them

Roy Bentley - One Wench in the House between Them

Poetry
Roy Bentley’s work has been recognized with fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio… Read more »
Dorene O’Brien
The Final Viking Voyage

Dorene O’Brien - The Final Viking Voyage

Fiction
Dorene O’Brien is a fiction writer from Detroit. She has won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short… Read more »
Rosanna Staffa
The Ghost of Chendu

Rosanna Staffa - The Ghost of Chendu

Fiction
Rosanna Staffa is an Italian writer living in Minneapolis. She recently received her MFA in Fiction from Spalding University. Her… Read more »
Jonathan Starke
The Radio Men

Jonathan Starke - The Radio Men

Creative Nonfiction
Jonathan Starke is a former bodybuilder and boxer who highly values vagabond travel and is often missing the Golden (80s)… Read more »
Mark Wisniewski
To Bukowski, #43

Mark Wisniewski - To Bukowski, #43

Poetry
Mark Wisniewski’s second novel, Show Up, Look Good, was praised by Ben Fountain, Kelly Cherry, T.R. Hummer, Jonathan Lethem, and… Read more »
Katie Cortese
Wakulla Springs

Katie Cortese - Wakulla Springs

Fiction
Katie Cortese holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a PhD from Florida State. Her work has recently appeared… Read more »
Hilary Sideris
What

Hilary Sideris - What

Poetry
Hilary Sideris’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Green Mountains Review, Memoir, Quiddity, The Southampton Review, and Southern Poetry… Read more »
Richard Prins
Zunguka

Richard Prins - Zunguka

Poetry
Richard Prins is a New Yorker who sometimes lives in Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry… Read more »

The Radio Men

Jonathan Starke

My father’s name is Raymond. There’s this joke he often tells, usually out of nowhere, while watching a ballgame or shaving his face or spilling sauce over a steak dinner. He’ll say, “Jonny. You know what I’ll be when I die? An x-Ray.”

I have feared my father’s death since I was a child, and I don’t mean just occasionally feared it, but thought of it every day. When I was ten years old, I gave eulogies for my father in the shower, under a faucet that was so weak the water limped out. Some would probably call this perverse preparation, but I didn’t think of it as preparing. I’m not sure I think of it that way now. I just understood all too young that he was going to die, and so I would put my hands into fists and hold them together under my chin, the shower water dribbling on my back, my eyes shut tight, and I would practice the things a ten-year-old boy would say about his father on the day of his funeral. Most of what I said was a repetition of the phrase, I did not want you to die, Dad. I did… Read more »