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 »

The Butterfly Man

Devin Murphy

Conway Catholic Elementary School is the last of seven school visits Wayne has in the central part of the state. The building is a four-story rectangle with the blinds drawn differently in each classroom. He sits in his van and watches the first hazy gray-blue of morning working its way up over the parking lot. Soon after the sun is up, a steady stream of teachers’ cars fills the parking lot. Then the school buses come. He waits for it to finally be nine and imagines being in South America again.

He shuts his eyes on the schoolyard and is in a remote pocket of Venezuelan jungle two days travel by boat down the Orinoco River. His hired guide shuttles him along the shore and helps string a giant net made across a small tributary. When it’s fully spread, the fibers are so fine it looks like a damp spider web framing the light. He explores the banks for the day and returns to find the net fluttering orange and black with hundreds of Monarch butterflies. The guide rows the boat beneath the net as he carefully removes each butterfly, cupping it in his hands, slowly loosening his grip and… Read more »