Gregory Wolos
An Evening with Willie Freeze

Gregory Wolos - An Evening with Willie Freeze

Fiction
Gregory J. Wolos’s fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, PANK, A Cappella Zoo, Jersey… Read more »
Nathan Gower
Digging the Hole

Nathan Gower - Digging the Hole

Fiction
Nathan Gower holds a M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at… Read more »
Peter Kispert
Hunting Season

Peter Kispert - Hunting Season

Fiction
Peter Kispert is an undergraduate student currently living in New Hampshire, where he is Editor-in-Chief of Aegis and Sandpaper, the… Read more »
Ryan Millbern
In a Room Made Up For Someone Else

Ryan Millbern - In a Room Made Up For Someone Else

Fiction
Ryan Millbern is a copywriter at Richard Harrison Bailey/The Agency, a marketing firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. His stories and essays… Read more »
Ajay Vishwanathan
Little Hands of Silk

Ajay Vishwanathan - Little Hands of Silk

Fiction
Nominated multiple times for Pushcart and Best of The Net Anthology, Ajay has work published or forthcoming in over ninety… Read more »
Wendy Oleson
Man Skate

Wendy Oleson - Man Skate

Fiction
Wendy is a Senior Fiction Reader for Prairie Schooner. Her recent work appears in Copper Nickel, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and… Read more »
Josh Green
Missing Athena

Josh Green - Missing Athena

Fiction
Josh Green’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The MacGuffin, Atlanta Magazine, The Adirondack Review, New South, Lake… Read more »
Catherine Parnell
Morendo

Catherine Parnell - Morendo

Fiction
Catherine Parnell teaches writing and literature at Suffolk University in Boston, as well as the occasional seminar at Grub Street… Read more »
Christopher Lowe
Reform, AL

Christopher Lowe - Reform, AL

Fiction
Christopher Lowe is the author of the short story collection Those Like Us (SFASU Press, 2011). His fiction and poetry… Read more »
Devin Murphy
The Butterfly Man

Devin Murphy - The Butterfly Man

Fiction
Devin Murphy’s recent work appears in The Cimarron Review, The Greensboro Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, and… Read more »
Catherine Thomas
There Are Rules, Secret Little Rules

Catherine Thomas - There Are Rules, Secret Little Rules

Fiction
Catherine Thomas was born and raised in Wales and now lives in Syracuse, NY. She holds an MA in English… Read more »

Morendo

Catherine Parnell

My fifty-year old brother collects money from people who park their cars in chain-linked cement lots scattered around a neon city in a dry desert. Las Vegas, city of sin, where they once used camels as pack animals. My brother Jonnie looks like a camel—jowly, droopy, saggy and dusty. He’s got a hump, too. You can’t see the hump; it’s an invisible burden. I know it’s there because I have one too. It’s so heavy I should be crawling on my knees. One of these days I’ll unpack it, lighten my load, surprise my hard backbone with release. Jonnie—his hump is permanent. Not a thing in the world can change that.

I remember when Jonnie was a blond, blue-eyed boy. Not a freckle on his sad white skin. He walked like he’d been shackled, arms longer than his torso so he shuffled around with his hands shoved under his armpits. When his hands weren’t stuck there, they were in his mouth. An entire fist. As he grew older he learned to suck one finger at a time, very methodically, until each finger and both thumbs were shredded and bloody. He wore a bright red baseball hat, each year a… Read more »