Liz Prato
A Haole Guide to Hawaiian Taxonomy

Liz Prato - A Haole Guide to Hawaiian Taxonomy

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Liz Prato is the author of the short story collection Baby’s on Fire (Press 53). Her work has appeared in… Read more »
Andrea Marcusa
Hammam Language

Andrea Marcusa - Hammam Language

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Andrea Marcusa is a fiction and essay writer. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, River Styx, Ontario Review, New South,… Read more »
Michael Smith
The Way Home

Michael Smith - The Way Home

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Michael Smith is a writer, Francophile, and photographer residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. His writing has appeared or is… Read more »
Tim Hillegonds
To Make at Once Both Tender and Fierce

Tim Hillegonds - To Make at Once Both Tender and Fierce

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Tim Hillegonds earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing (MAWP) from DePaul University in Chicago. His work has… Read more »

To Make at Once Both Tender and Fierce

Tim Hillegonds

I remember with clarity the first time I stepped through the ropes and into the boxing ring, the way the vinyl slid across my shoulder blades as I ducked in between them, the way the canvas dimpled and flexed and gently accepted my weight. I remember the way the ring’s enclosure felt foreign and confining, how it occurred to me that it wasn’t a ring at all, how I felt trapped and scared and nervy, but also incredibly free, incredibly in tune with some part of me that I’d never been all that comfortable with. I remember the satisfaction I felt the first time I let my hands go, all the hours I’d spent on the heavy bag throwing ones and twos, threes—jabs and right hands, hooks—finally paying dividends as some of them found their mark and landed flush. Perhaps what I remember most, though, is the assurance I felt, the security that came after I’d taken my first clean punch, after I’d watched the world flash white and then black and then white again, and then sparkle like fireworks falling back towards Earth, my feet still firmly planted beneath me.

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I came to boxing late,… Read more »