Liz Prato
A Haole Guide to Hawaiian Taxonomy

Liz Prato - A Haole Guide to Hawaiian Taxonomy

Creative Nonfiction
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

Creative Nonfiction
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

Creative Nonfiction
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

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

The Way Home

Michael Smith

Around five in the grey afternoon and so far from home. I had just turned nineteen. The train pulled into the station in Amiens, France. Across from me, an elderly woman all in sepia examined my paper and said this was my stop. All I knew about Amiens was that it was a city one-hour north of Paris. And that God had sent me there to deliver a message.

I descended the train with a tan suitcase in each hand. These suitcases contained all my belongings. A young American in a charcoal suit and trench coat stood on the quay. My paper said his name was Elder Sean Bingham, my mission companion and trainer. We did not speak to each other. From the train station, he walked ten feet ahead of me through vacant streets to our studio apartment. He opened the door with an old skeleton key. Bingham had crooked teeth and a shaved head and reminded me not at all of my friends back home. He said we had an appointment at seven that evening to provide religious instruction to Francine, a new Mormon convert. I unpacked. There was a phone on the ground I was not… Read more »