Michael Gray
A Memory of Hands

Michael Gray - A Memory of Hands

Fiction
Mike Gray received his MFA from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 and currently serves as an English Instructor at Hazard… Read more »
Craig Buchner
American Metal

Craig Buchner - American Metal

Fiction
Craig Buchner’s short stories have appeared in Tin House, Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other literary journals. Craig teaches writing and… Read more »
Joshua Idaszak
Aralık

Joshua Idaszak - Aralık

Fiction
Joshua Idaszak is from Washington, DC. He has lived and worked in Australia, Turkey, and Spain, and will be attending… Read more »
M. M. Adjarian
Birdman

M. M. Adjarian - Birdman

Sprints
M. M. Adjarian is a writer and professor. She has published creative work in The Provo Canyon Review, The Milo… Read more »
James Norcliffe
Blue

James Norcliffe - Blue

Poetry
James Norcliffe is a NZ poet, editor and writer of novels for young people (mainly fantasy) including the award-winning The… Read more »
Justin Brouckaert
Charlevoix

Justin Brouckaert - Charlevoix

Fiction
Justin Brouckaert’s work has appeared in The Rumpus and Passages North, among other publications. He is a James Dickey Fellow… Read more »
Sharon Rawlette
Cop Cars

Sharon Rawlette - Cop Cars

Sprints
Sharon Rawlette lives in Virginia’s Northern Neck, 20 miles from the hospital where she was born. She holds a PhD… Read more »
Carolyn Williams-Noren
Evening, End of Summer

Carolyn Williams-Noren - Evening, End of Summer

Poetry
Carolyn Williams-Noren is a 2014 winner of a McKnight Artist Fellowship, selected by Nikky Finney. She has recent poems in… Read more »
Karen Kasaba
Flown

Karen Kasaba - Flown

Sprints
Karen Kasaba’s stories, essays, and articles have appeared in Swink, Wilderness House Literary Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Santa Barbara Magazine (Fiction… Read more »
Kate Lister Campbell
Free Swim

Kate Lister Campbell - Free Swim

Fiction
Kate Lister Campbell lives with her husband in Brooklyn, NY, but is originally from Kansas City, MO. When not writing,… Read more »
Vincent Poturica
Habte

Vincent Poturica - Habte

Fiction
Vincent Poturica lives in Gainesville, FL, but he will soon be moving with his soon-to-be wife to Long Beach, CA.… Read more »
Suzanne Simmons
Hospice

Suzanne Simmons - Hospice

Poetry
Suzanne Simmons is a poet and essayist who lives in the lakes region of New Hampshire. She holds an MFA… Read more »
Helen Ellis
How to Be a Grown Ass Lady

Helen Ellis - How to Be a Grown Ass Lady

Sprints
Helen Ellis is the author of the novel, Eating The Cheshire Cat (Scribner). Her short stories have appeared recently or… Read more »
Ginny Hoyle
How to Breathe

Ginny Hoyle - How to Breathe

Contest - 2nd Place
Ginny Hoyle’s work has appeared in Copper Nickel, MARGIE, Pilgrimage, Wazee and elsewhere. She collaborates with Colorado artist Judy Anderson… Read more »
Shirley Fergenson
How to Leave a Garden

Shirley Fergenson - How to Leave a Garden

Contest - 3rd Place
Shirley Fergenson is the literary fiction specialist at The Ivy Bookshop. This piece is part of a collection of linked… Read more »
Diana Spechler
How to Love a Telemarketer

Diana Spechler - How to Love a Telemarketer

Contest - 1st Place
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny. She has written for The New York… Read more »
Michael Trocchia
How to Make a Thing to Believe in

Michael Trocchia - How to Make a Thing to Believe in

Poetry
Michael Trocchia is the author of The Fatherlands(MPP 2014) and the forthcoming collection of poems Unfounded (FutureCycle 2015). His poems… Read more »
Evan Beaty
Jurisprudence

Evan Beaty - Jurisprudence

Poetry
Evan Beaty lives in San Antonio, Texas. Read more »
Brenda Peynado
Swimming Lessons

Brenda Peynado - Swimming Lessons

Creative Nonfiction
Brenda Peynado has work appearing or forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Cimarron Review, and others. She… Read more »
Marjorie Stelmach
The Stylite Prays for Visions

Marjorie Stelmach - The Stylite Prays for Visions

Poetry
Marjorie Stelmach’s most recent book of poems is Without Angels (Mayapple, 2014). Earlier volumes include Bent upon Light and A… Read more »
Meng Jin
The Weeping Widow

Meng Jin - The Weeping Widow

Fiction
Meng Jin was born in Shanghai, China, and now lives in New York City where she is an MFA candidate… Read more »
Erika Kleinman
Their Names

Erika Kleinman - Their Names

Creative Nonfiction
Erika Kleinman has work published or forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Apple Valley Review, and Salon. She is essays editor… Read more »
Landon Houle
When Trapped in a Car under Water

Landon Houle - When Trapped in a Car under Water

Fiction
Born in Brown County, Texas, Landon Houle currently lives in South Carolina and works as an editor at In Fact… Read more »

Birdman

M. M. Adjarian

I was five years old when my father revealed that he had once been a birdman. In 1945 and just before Hitler’s defeat, my high-flying father had joined the French Army to train as a paratrooper. His missions took him to North Africa where he jumped out of airplanes and sailed over the deserts of Morocco on wings of silk and rope. He showed me a bronze-colored medal with a star emblazoned on a parachute.

“Look at this,” he said proudly.

I wasn’t satisfied.

“I want to see how you flew out of the sky,” I told him.

My father did, but not in the way I expected. One afternoon he beckoned me into the toolshed next to the corrugated metal building where he did the rare book restoration work that absorbed him during the day. He dug through tin coffee cans filled with metal odds and ends and poked in dusty corners until he found what he was looking for: a rusty iron ring that fit in the palm of his hand, four pieces of string, and a stained cleaning cloth that he cut into a neat, handkerchief-sized square.

He set to work. With slender… Read more »