Jen Murvin Edwards
Come In, Come In

Jen Murvin Edwards - Come In, Come In

Contest - 3rd Place
Jen Murvin Edwards’ stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Palooka, Moon City Review, and Huizache literary journals,… Read more »
Emily Roller
Improvement

Emily Roller - Improvement

Contest - 1st Place
Emily Jean Roller graduated from Yale in 2007. She is completing an MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins. Her first… Read more »
Heather Martin
On Maimeó

Heather Martin - On Maimeó

Contest - 2nd Place
A writer living in Denver, Colorado, Heather Martin teaches at the University of Denver and co-curates the Gypsy House Reading… Read more »

Improvement - 1st Place

Emily Roller

I think we can both agree that you have some room for improvement.

Nadu P. Ono did not agree. Dr. Alfred Paterson did not notice, though. He looked over his glasses at Nadu’s forehead, handed over the paper and pretended to read a memo. He pretended so long that he forgot he was pretending and actually did read the memo. When he looked up, Nadu was still there.

Is there a problem, Dr. Paterson wanted to know.

Where? asked Nadu.

Where? asked Dr. Paterson.

Nadu waited for an answer that wasn’t a question. He stared patiently at the nameplate on Dr. Paterson’s desk. Alfred Paterson, PhD. Communications.

Young man, said Dr. Paterson. Do you have a question?

Nadu had only questions; it was answers he lacked.

Is there a problem? Dr. Paterson asked.

I don’t know, said Nadu.

Well, do you have a question? Why are you still here?

Where? asked Nadu again.

In this room. Why are you still in this room, young man? This is my office. Can’t you see that I’ve got other things to do now?

This is your room?

Of course it is. See the diploma? Dr. Paterson pointed to a… Read more »