Sean Prentiss
All the Varieties of Hunger

Sean Prentiss - All the Varieties of Hunger

Fiction
Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave.… Read more »
Tally Brennan
How We Live

Tally Brennan - How We Live

Fiction
Tally Brennan is a recovered computer programmer, happy to have emerged from the cubicle as a writer of fiction. Her… Read more »
Lynn Gordon
Staying Up All Night

Lynn Gordon - Staying Up All Night

Fiction
Lynn Gordon’s fiction has appeared in Epiphany, The Southampton Review, Hobart, Zone 3, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. She lives… Read more »
Sam Katz
The Prisoners

Sam Katz - The Prisoners

Fiction
Sam Katz was born in Korea and now lives in Philadelphia. His fiction has appeared in The Good Men Project,… Read more »
Caroline Bruckner
The Song of a Dog

Caroline Bruckner - The Song of a Dog

Fiction
Caroline Bruckner is a writer and screenwriter based in Vienna, Austria. Her short film The Confession won the Student Academy… Read more »

The Prisoners

Sam Katz

Ask any resident who has been here long enough and the day he looks forward to most is the annual prison rodeo. Contrary to popular belief, there are many days we anticipate. To the down man, Salisbury steak is a holiday. So is the occasion a guard falls ill. We anticipate the first morning of autumn when the heat breaks. Executions come and go, but those hold little interest to the balance of us. More than the memories of our birthdays or Christmas, even more than seeing our wives on visitation days clutching our bewildered children, it is the rodeo that sustains us. The only day we might anticipate more is the day of our release, when we can go home and sit under the shade of our childhood climbing trees. But for many of us the State has rendered this a moot point. We know we will never leave this place for the crimes we once committed and so, folding laundry or peeling radishes, we recount great rodeo performances of the past—Wylie Farte’s 98 point ride or Big Tom Jonovitch’s sweep of the centennial Chicken Run. Alone in our cells we cast ourselves in these roles. We dream it’s… Read more »