Stephanie Dickinson
Big-Headed Anna at the Ice Cream Social

Stephanie Dickinson - Big-Headed Anna at the Ice Cream Social

Fiction
Stephanie Dickinson is an Iowa native who lives in New York City’s East Village. Her novel Half Girl and novella… Read more »
Zana Previti
Caedra

Zana Previti - Caedra

Fiction
Zana Previti was born and raised in New England. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of California,… Read more »
Annie Reid
Last Song

Annie Reid - Last Song

Fiction
Annie Reid is a double expat American currently residing in Sweden after a decade in Canada. She writes apocalyptic video… Read more »
Gabe Herron
Mr. Kimberk's Kindness

Gabe Herron - Mr. Kimberk's Kindness

Fiction
Gabe Herron lives outside a small town near Portland, Oregon with his wife, son, and daughter. He’s had a winning… Read more »
Eliana Ramage
Mr. Longley’s Paper Suns

Eliana Ramage - Mr. Longley’s Paper Suns

Fiction
Eliana Ramage holds a BA and MA in creative writing from Dartmouth College and Bar-Ilan University, respectively. A proud Cherokee… Read more »
Venita Blackburn
Ways to Mourn an Asshole

Venita Blackburn - Ways to Mourn an Asshole

Fiction
Venita Blackburn earned her MFA from Arizona State University in 2008. Her stories have appeared in Pleiades, Madison Review, Bat… Read more »

Mr. Longley’s Paper Suns

Eliana Ramage

Mr. Longley has black hair and green eyes and he grew up in the contiguous United States. I learned that word through context in a chapter book last week—contiguous means the lower 48 and context means never having to use a dictionary.

Mr. Longley won’t be here forever. Just two years, to teach at-risk Alaska Native youth. At-risk means being on the free-lunch list in the school cafeteria. I wait for Kevin to get his food and go sit down, because if I don’t then I’ll whisper to the lunch lady “Jess Ticasuk” and then Kevin will say, “Hey Jess, you didn’t pay!”

Mr. Longley says he’s Indian, but we had expected someone darker, longer haired, colorfully feathered. We had expected someone more exotic than Mr. Longley with his puffy sweater and skinny red tie peeking out the top. But Mr. Longley says there are more than 500 tribes, and us Inupiat are only one of them. Mr. Longley says we should use encyclopedias to read about the diversity of Indian Country. Dad says I don’t need an encyclopedia set for my tenth birthday present, because anything I want to know I can just ask Mr. Longley. But Mr.… Read more »