M. M. Adjarian
Birdman

M. M. Adjarian - Birdman

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M. M. Adjarian is a writer and professor. She has published creative work in The Provo Canyon Review, The Milo… Read more »
Sharon Rawlette
Cop Cars

Sharon Rawlette - Cop Cars

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Sharon Rawlette lives in Virginia’s Northern Neck, 20 miles from the hospital where she was born. She holds a PhD… Read more »
Karen Kasaba
Flown

Karen Kasaba - Flown

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Karen Kasaba’s stories, essays, and articles have appeared in Swink, Wilderness House Literary Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Santa Barbara Magazine (Fiction… Read more »
Helen Ellis
How to Be a Grown Ass Lady

Helen Ellis - How to Be a Grown Ass Lady

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

Cop Cars

Sharon Rawlette

It’s seven a.m., and we’re sitting in the living room drinking our Sunday morning coffee when the cop cars pull up. You have your back to the window in your favorite chair. The one from which you watch all your football games and DIY shows. The one my parents gave us as a wedding present three months ago. I’m on the couch facing you. Facing the window when they arrive. One. Two. Three four. Spraying gravel as they skid to a stop in our country driveway.

“Honey . . .,” I say, and lift a stunned finger towards the window as four officers jump out and two of them, shotguns in hand, start to circle the house. This is one of those moments in which I know that one of two things is true: either there’s been a huge mistake or my life is about to change irrevocably. Possibly both.

As you turn your head to look, I’m back at that night when we awoke to flashing lights outside the bedroom of our old house. You went to investigate while I stayed frozen under the sheets, unwilling to move a muscle. My hearing heightened by fear, I could make out… Read more »