Maggie Nye
Mourning with Strangers

Maggie Nye - Mourning with Strangers

Creative Nonfiction
Born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Maggie Nye is a current MFA candidate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her fiction appears in Paycock Press’s anthology Defying Gravity. This is… Read more »
Tamie Parker Song
Picking Raspberries

Tamie Parker Song - Picking Raspberries

Creative Nonfiction
Tamie Parker Song lives and writes in Sitka, Alaska. Other essays of hers can be found in Connotations, Cirque Journal, and terrain.org. Read more »
Paul Crenshaw
What We Say

Paul Crenshaw - What We Say

Creative Nonfiction
Paul Crenshaw’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, Glimmer Train, Ecotone, North American Review, and… Read more »

Picking Raspberries

Tamie Parker Song

There has been a blow and the waves keep coming, radiating against the beach—and I do mean against—and we just have to take it. The men enter it but I don’t, at first. I’ve had too many weeks, too many years, fear-sickened by the wave of each wave above our rolling boats, again and again and again. I’ve done this my whole life, commercial setnetting for salmon off a small island in the Gulf of Alaska, but somehow today I just can’t.

I stay on shore for the first net-pick, but my stomach heaves anyway because people I love are out in that blow, so on the second pick I go out, and no sooner have I reached the net than the ocean goes calm, as if to my touch.

On the break between the second and third picks, my cousins invite me to pick wild raspberries with them in the inner lagoon. The sea is hot blue now, flat-calm as they say. And we are picking raspberries. We came straight from fishing so we’ve all worn boots, arms spread with fish scales and traces of jellyfish. What is a wild raspberry if not the sun’s blood as known by… Read more »