Jen Michalski
God's Creatures

Jen Michalski - God's Creatures

Fiction
Jen Michalski’s novel The Tide King is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (2013; winner of the Big Moose Prize), and… Read more »
Marc Hudson
Habitable Space

Marc Hudson - Habitable Space

Fiction
Marc Hudson’s work has appeared in The Seattle Review, Qarrtsiuni, Echo Ink Review and Hot Metal Bridge. His story “Timo’s… Read more »
Luke Rolfes
Straw Man

Luke Rolfes - Straw Man

Fiction
Luke Rolfes grew up in Polk City, IA and now teaches at Northwest Missouri State University. He is a fiction… Read more »
Michael Kimball
There Isn't Anybody Expecting Me Anywhere Tomorrow

Michael Kimball - There Isn't Anybody Expecting Me Anywhere Tomorrow

Fiction
Michael Kimball is the author of four books, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls “a curatorial masterpiece”) and, most… Read more »

Habitable Space

Marc Hudson

Doyle wants to make a baby. Emily likens this urge to an illness. A mental illness. The onset came exactly one month after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle to work. He stands at the mirror buttoning his shirt. “I was thinking of painting the spare room,” he says.

Emily doesn’t answer. The spare room. At least he hasn’t begun calling it the nursery.

He wraps his arms around her. “You’re beginning to crack,” he tells her. “I can feel it.” It was weeks before he could hold her without wincing. She’d almost forgotten what it felt like.

~

“It’s all different,” he says. He has said this many times now, staring at some point on a wall. “It was brutal and ridiculous. He beeped his horn. Beeped his horn while he plowed me into a mailbox!”

~

The idea for the book occurred to her a week before Doyle’s accident. Driving home from the dentist she noticed a wooden cross in the grass just off the shoulder of Route 7. Memorials sometimes sprang up in the wake of collisions, erected Emily guesses, by bereaved family members. She thinks it… Read more »