Jill McDonough
#notallluchadors

Jill McDonough - #notallluchadors

Poetry
Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Reaper (Alice James, 2017).… Read more »
Elinam Agbo
1983

Elinam Agbo - 1983

Fiction
Elinam Agbo was born in Ghana and moved to the United States when she was ten. She has since lived… Read more »
Shane Griffin
Abandoned Kiddie Pool

Shane Griffin - Abandoned Kiddie Pool

Poetry
Shane Griffin is a graduate student at Iowa State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and the Environment.… Read more »
R.M. Cooper
Border Patrol

R.M. Cooper - Border Patrol

Fiction
R.M. Cooper’s writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Adroit, Best American Experimental Writing, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly,… Read more »
Dorene O’Brien
Eight Blind Dates Later

Dorene O’Brien - Eight Blind Dates Later

Fiction
“Eight Blind Dates Later” appears in Dorene O’Brien’s second fiction collection, What It Might Feel Like to Hope, which will… Read more »
Rachel Jamison Webster
Independence Day

Rachel Jamison Webster - Independence Day

Creative Nonfiction
Rachel Jamison Webster is author the full-length collection of poetry, September (TriQuarterly Press 2013) and the gross-genre book, The Endless… Read more »
A. Muia
Las Salinas

A. Muia - Las Salinas

Fiction
A. Muia lives in Skagit Valley, Washington. “Las Salinas” is part of a novel-in-stories set in Baja California, Mexico. Other… Read more »
Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson
Ode to the White Lady Who Asked to Touch My Hair

Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson - Ode to the White Lady Who Asked to Touch My Hair

Poetry
Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in… Read more »
Len Lawson
Plan B

Len Lawson - Plan B

Poetry
Len Lawson is the author of the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) and editor of Hand… Read more »
Andrea Ruggirello
Proof

Andrea Ruggirello - Proof

Poetry
Andrea Ruggirello lives in Washington, DC by way of Seoul, New York, Boston, and West Virginia. Her writing has been… Read more »
Madeleine Wattenberg
Reconfiguration

Madeleine Wattenberg - Reconfiguration

Poetry
Madeleine Wattenberg’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Best New Poets 2017, Fairy Tale Review,… Read more »
Dustin M. Hoffman
Snake in a Can

Dustin M. Hoffman - Snake in a Can

Fiction
Dustin M. Hoffman is the author of the story collection One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist, winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize.… Read more »
Ross Wilcox
Symptoms

Ross Wilcox - Symptoms

Fiction
Ross Wilcox is originally from South Dakota. His stories have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Beloit Fiction Journal, Nashville Review,… Read more »
Danielle Harms
The Tall Grass and the Long Night

Danielle Harms - The Tall Grass and the Long Night

Creative Nonfiction
Danielle Harms writes from Denver, Colorado, where she works in higher education. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Offing,… Read more »
Callista Buchen
Tornado

Callista Buchen - Tornado

Poetry
Callista Buchen is the author of the chapbooks The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, October 2015) and Double-Mouthed (winter 2016,… Read more »
T. Lucas Earle
Trade

T. Lucas Earle - Trade

Fiction
T. Lucas Earle is a writer, filmmaker, and musician. His fiction has appeared in Electric Spec, Colored Lens, Razor Literary… Read more »
Holly Mitchell
Turning Out (The First Year)

Holly Mitchell - Turning Out (The First Year)

Poetry
Holly Mitchell is a poet from Kentucky. A winner of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a Gertrude… Read more »
Florence Weinberger
We’ve Taken Care of Everything

Florence Weinberger - We’ve Taken Care of Everything

Poetry
Florence Weinberger was born in New York City, raised in the Bronx, educated at Hunter College, California State University, Northridge,… Read more »

Trade

T. Lucas Earle

Punched a Salty Boy in the mouth, got chompers buried in my knuckles. Don’t bother me none, now I chew my enemies with punches.

I take heads back to clan office where they tell me I’m shit. Dirt in the treads of a virus. They tell me I’m leftovers. Spit out by bear. But I know my notches. Nine heads. That’s enough to get traded. I know when the gray brothers whisper. They know my name. Tusu the Hydra. I got nine heads. Bag ‘em and count ‘em. They call me dirt because we all dirt. But I’m dirt that gets traded.

Little Jorma takes patrol with me. He’s a shadow yet, not a head to his name. But he’s fit enough to keep up. We check for viruses. Salty Boys who don’t got their clan mark. We watch for the mark. Back of the head. No mark. Lose the head. If they got the mark, we call for password. No password, lose the head. Goes in the bag. Back to clan office. Nother notch.

Simple work. Clarity.

Sometimes, we spot spice patrols on the other side of the gap, leaping between the relics. I tell little… Read more »