Margaret Adams
Burnt

Margaret Adams - Burnt

Creative Nonfiction
Margaret Adams is a Maine-born writer and registered nurse living in Baltimore, Maryland. A former columnist for The Bangor Daily… Read more »
Jami Nakamura Lin
Dreamscape #2: Dear Pinocchio

Jami Nakamura Lin - Dreamscape #2: Dear Pinocchio

Creative Nonfiction
Jami Nakamura Lin received her MFA at the Pennyslvania State University. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or… Read more »
Michele Morano
Learning Curve

Michele Morano - Learning Curve

Creative Nonfiction
Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir, Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her essays have appeared… Read more »
Micah Dean Hicks
Raising Houses

Micah Dean Hicks - Raising Houses

Creative Nonfiction
Micah Dean Hicks usually writes magical realism, southern fairy tales, and other kinds of magical stories. You can find his… Read more »

Raising Houses

Micah Dean Hicks

At twenty-seven, this is how you find yourself home. Standing high between the ribs of a naked roof, supporting the heavy lean of a loose rafter. Hold it in your arms, tension coiled in the ball and socket of your shoulders. Hold it in the flex of your chest, muscle and sternum stretching against the weight. Let its heaviness drive down on you, making your legs soft on the ladder rungs. The sun breaks open and runs all down your skin, and you bleed sweat through your jeans. Know this when your body melts under the wood-weight, your father yelling “hang on, hang on” and slamming in nails to steady it: Know that you will always be a boy.

As a teenager, you held the sky on your back. Grandmother's dark house, new ceilings going up. You on a ladder-top holding wide sheets of plywood flat against the rafter bottoms. You were too small, your arms too thin, so you held it with your whole self. Twisted tight, you pushed up with your back and shoulders, spread your arms, shoved up with your knees while the edge of the board lay along your neck and scraped your ear. Your father… Read more »