Calvin Hennick
A Cowboy Cannot Be Without His Hat

Calvin Hennick - A Cowboy Cannot Be Without His Hat

Fiction
Calvin Hennick’s stories, essays, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications, including Bellevue Literary Review and The Boston Globe.… Read more »
Jill Storey
A Recipe for Certain Times of Life

Jill Storey - A Recipe for Certain Times of Life

Creative Nonfiction
Jill Storey’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Gettysburg Review, Zyzzyva, Salon, Brain, Child and many other publications.… Read more »
Maya Schenwar
Barnacle Goose

Maya Schenwar - Barnacle Goose

Fiction
Maya Schenwar is a writer, journalist and editor of the news website Truthout. Her journalistic work has been published in… Read more »
Benjamin Goldberg
Church of the Pyromaniacs

Benjamin Goldberg - Church of the Pyromaniacs

Poetry
Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Hayden’s… Read more »
William Fargason
Egg Tooth

William Fargason - Egg Tooth

Poetry
William Fargason’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Grist, New Orleans Review, Bayou Magazine, Nashville Review,… Read more »
Matthew Sisson
Folly Literature

Matthew Sisson - Folly Literature

Poetry
Matthew Sisson’s poetry has appeared in magazines and journals ranging from JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association, to… Read more »
Janice Ko Luo
Mon Coeur

Janice Ko Luo - Mon Coeur

Poetry
Janice Ko Luo graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has been a… Read more »
Timur Karaca
Object

Timur Karaca - Object

Fiction
Timur Jonathan Karaca’s stories have appeared in Indiana Review and Narrative. He is a practicing anesthesiologist, and a student at… Read more »
Meg Hunter
Our Apollo

Meg Hunter - Our Apollo

Poetry
Meg Hunter is a Special Educator in Charles County, Maryland. She holds an M.S. in Special Education from Dowling College… Read more »
Brandon Amico
Self-Portrait with Oncoming Storm

Brandon Amico - Self-Portrait with Oncoming Storm

Poetry
Brandon Amico is from New Hampshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review,… Read more »
Tim Fitts
Stripping Roses

Tim Fitts - Stripping Roses

Fiction
Tim Fitts lives and works in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. He is on the editorial staff of… Read more »
Barbara Nishimoto
The Firebird

Barbara Nishimoto - The Firebird

Fiction
Barbara Nishimoto was born in Chicago, and grew up along with her two sisters in the western suburbs. She is… Read more »
Matthew Gavin Frank
The Mynah Bird Eats Hawaiian Shave Ice

Matthew Gavin Frank - The Mynah Bird Eats Hawaiian Shave Ice

Creative Nonfiction
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and… Read more »
Kate Peper
The Weight of a Bridge

Kate Peper - The Weight of a Bridge

Poetry
Kate Peper is a freelance designer and award-winning watercolor painter living in Marin County, California. Her poems have twice been… Read more »
Catherine Carberry
There Is Land Everywhere

Catherine Carberry - There Is Land Everywhere

Fiction
Catherine Carberry serves as Assistant Editor of Mid-American Review and Bartleby Snopes. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in… Read more »

Stripping Roses

Tim Fitts

The job paid five dollars an hour, but it paid cash, and Mrs. West promised future employment at West Farms Florist if things stayed busy after Valentine’s Day. Mrs. West had a Southern bouffant that I didn’t trust, but the next morning, I met her husband at their shop on Archer Road, and he drove me and a guy named Bankowski to the farm way out past I-75 into horse country. Mr. West picked us up at six-thirty, and the morning Florida fog seethed in and out of the Spanish moss and live oaks all the way down Archer Road to the farm. Mr. West took us to the shed where we met Harold, his cousin, who was going to be stripping roses with us. If the wind blew right, you could get a steady waft of horse manure. They kept the roses bundled up in boxes where they had been shipped from Peru. Mr. West told us they had to order extra roses, because they rammed steel blades into the sheaves at Customs to make sure they aren’t loaded with cocaine. Predicting how many roses would be destroyed was impossible.

Mr. West told us to strip the five boxes… Read more »