Daniel Uncapher
Five Handy Men

Daniel Uncapher - Five Handy Men

Creative Nonfiction
Daniel Uncapher is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he won multiple awards in the… Read more »
Jaclyn Dwyer
Geography Lessons

Jaclyn Dwyer - Geography Lessons

Creative Nonfiction
Jaclyn Dwyer has published poems in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iron Horse Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, The… Read more »
Kate Washington
The Winding

Kate Washington - The Winding

Creative Nonfiction
Kate Washington is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The… Read more »

Geography Lessons

Jaclyn Dwyer

When the man lets go of my arm and slips into a cracked door at the end of the alley, I don’t run.

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I was never good at geography. My husband and I play Wii Jeopardy and curse at Katie, the computer avatar with bad highlights, who sweeps the category from us both.

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I keep walking, jostle through the streets of Morocco draped in my roommate’s gear for the day, his camera tucked into an army green messenger bag. I militarize myself, dial in and charge toward the pink lights three blocks ahead. My brown map-print purse raps my hip with each step. The antique fabric warns HERE THERE BE MONSTERS in a tea-stained swath of sea that doesn’t help me here.

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When I was six, my godmother bought me a desk and topographic globe. Every country was a different color. I ran my finger over the mountain ranges, lingering over the soft bubbles where the land rose up like a keloid scar. After, she sent my mother postcards from Mississippi, Missouri, but I never saw her again.

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“I’m meeting someone,” I say to… Read more »