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 »

Learning Curve

Michele Morano

Cathy Waters is not to be fucked with. That’s what she tells the other fourth-graders gathered around her on the blacktop at recess: “I am not to be fucked with.” She says it fiercely, fists clenched beside her hips, eyes roaming. She is small, Cathy Waters, and the girl who has crossed her is not. This girl weighs ten pounds more and stands half a head taller, and she’s never fought anybody that we can remember. She’s a nice girl, quiet, but she’s had it with Cathy’s taunts. Every day on the four-square court, the hopscotch grid, the monkey bars, Cathy picks and picks. We’re used to it, most of us, and we walk away, taking the wind out of Cathy’s sails. But not this girl, not today.

We wonder if the girl knows that Cathy lives at the Children’s Home and that the reason she wears brand-new Levi’s and Converse All-Stars is because at the Children’s Home, in exchange for your parents dying or, worse, not wanting you anymore, you get cool clothes with your name printed on the tags, and when they stop fitting, you get new ones.

Or maybe the girl does know about the Children’s… Read more »