Shiah IrgangLaden
A Cold Migration

Shiah IrgangLaden - A Cold Migration

Poetry
Shiah IrgangLaden is a nursery school teacher in Baltimore City. He studied creative writing at Goucher College and has a… Read more »
Mary Morris
A Love Supreme

Mary Morris - A Love Supreme

Poetry
Mary Morris has won the Rita Dove Award and New Mexico Discovery Award. Her work has been published in Quarterly… Read more »
Beth Lefebvre
An Unwitting Accomplice

Beth Lefebvre - An Unwitting Accomplice

Creative Nonfiction
Beth Lefebvre earned a M.A. in writing at Johns Hopkins University. She is a former newspaper reporter and editor, and… Read more »
Steven Pelcman
Between the Lost and the Forgotten

Steven Pelcman - Between the Lost and the Forgotten

Poetry
Steven Pelcman was born and resided in New York, then relocated to New Orleans, and on to Los Angeles before… Read more »
Jo Marie Darden-Obi
Crème de Kathleen

Jo Marie Darden-Obi - Crème de Kathleen

Poetry
J. Marie Darden is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County, in Baltimore, MD, where… Read more »
E.M. Schorb
Death Row

E.M. Schorb - Death Row

Poetry
E. M. Schorb’s work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Yale… Read more »
Andrew Purcell
Descent

Andrew Purcell - Descent

Poetry
Andrew Purcell lives and works in Upstate New York, where he enjoys hiking, fishing, and working with Bruce Smith to… Read more »
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 »
Angela Morales
Gunslinging

Angela Morales - Gunslinging

Creative Nonfiction
Angela Morales’ recent work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Southwest Review, River Teeth, 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 »
Christina Cook
Homing

Christina Cook - Homing

Poetry
Christina Cook is the author of Lake Effect, a chapbook of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has… Read more »
Harry Bauld
Persimmons

Harry Bauld - Persimmons

Poetry
Harry Bauld is from Medford, Massachusetts. He won the 2008 New Millenium Writings poetry prize, and his poems have appeared… Read more »
William Arthur Delaney
Rigor Mortis

William Arthur Delaney - Rigor Mortis

Sprints
William Delaney is a native Californian who graduated from UCLA. He has worked in insurance, advertising, real estate, and other… Read more »
Shira Hereld
Six Months

Shira Hereld - Six Months

Poetry
Shira Hereld is a freshman at the George Washington University, majoring in Theater with a double minor in Political Science… Read more »
Nemo Shaw
Stop All the Clocks

Nemo Shaw - Stop All the Clocks

Nemo Shaw is a 33 yr old Scots-born emerging artist. He graduated with a BMed Sci (Hons), England, going on… 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 »
Brandon Hartley
The Day Before the End of the World

Brandon Hartley - The Day Before the End of the World

Poetry
Brandon Hartley holds an M.F.A. from the University of Florida and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Once a high… 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 »
Maureen Alsop & Josh Gottlieb-Miller
_IGP9448-1

Maureen Alsop & Josh Gottlieb-Miller - _IGP9448-1

Poetry
Maureen Alsop is the author of Apparition Wren, the collection was recently translated into Spanish by Mario Dominguez Parra from… Read more »

Gunslinging

Angela Morales

In the days before we could dial 9-1-1, I would have to speak with the operator and ask, “Can you give me the police department?” and the same woman, each time, would reply, “Certainly. I’ll transfer you now,” and I would be whispering hurry hurry hurry and listening for the thump of footsteps behind me, and I just knew that the operator must be taking her sweet time—fumbling absentmindedly with the cable, twirling in her chair, polishing her nails, and then finally, FINALLY, plugging the cable into the correct slot. A bored-sounding desk cop would then pick up, and I’d need to explain myself. How I despised my voice back then—so rehearsed and robotic. Those words made me ashamed of myself for failing at language, and at other things I couldn’t name. I’d say, in my flat, ugly voice: My dad is beating up my mom.

The words, though true enough, were imprecise. “My” being a descriptor of “dad” never felt altogether accurate, even though, biologically-speaking, he was indeed my father, but he did not belong to me, in the way that some dads belong to their daughters or vice-versa. Another problem existed with the present participle verb “is… Read more »