Clint Bentley
Baptism at the Cineplex 9

Clint Bentley - Baptism at the Cineplex 9

Fiction
Clint Bentley is a writer and filmmaker. His most recent film as a writer was Transpecos. This story is his first published work of fiction. Read more »
Lillian Johnson
Borderlands

Lillian Johnson - Borderlands

Fiction
Lillian Johnson is an emerging writer and Literature graduate with a BA from the University of Exeter. Her story “Retainer on a Bedside Table” was published in Exeter University’s literary… Read more »
A. Grifa Ismaili
Hit Them with Your Eyes

A. Grifa Ismaili - Hit Them with Your Eyes

Fiction
A. Grifa Ismaili is a Jersey-born writer whose work has appeared in Fiction International, Citron Review, Literary Orphans, and Press 53’s Everywhere Stories, among others. A recent Pushcart Prize… Read more »
Libby Heily
In Pieces

Libby Heily - In Pieces

Fiction
Libby Heily is a writer based in New York. Her young adult fantasy series is published through Fire and Ice YA Publishing. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Daily… Read more »
Victor Yang
Karaoke

Victor Yang - Karaoke

Fiction
Victor Yang is a queer writer and educator based in Boston. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, The Tahoma Literary Review, The Boston Globe, and… Read more »
Ian Baaske
Morris Station

Ian Baaske - Morris Station

Fiction
Ian Baaske’s work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Warship, and The Puritan's Town Crier. His screenplay, “Daisy,” was a semifinalist in Zoetrope’s Screenplay Competition last year.… Read more »
Adam Byko
The Automatic Man

Adam Byko - The Automatic Man

Fiction
Adam Byko is an MFA candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Central Florida. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pinch, F(r)iction, and the Notre Dame Review among other… Read more »
Curtis Smith
The Creek

Curtis Smith - The Creek

Fiction
Curtis Smith has published over 100 stories and essays, and his work has been cited by or included in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual… Read more »

Karaoke

Victor Yang

For the first time, Xinran didn’t show up to our weekly Downton Abbey night. Without her, we fell out of the teenage numbers: twelve mothers spread across the La-Z-Boy set at Liping’s. Xinran said she had joined the group to work on her English, but we spoke to each other in Mandarin, and besides, her English couldn’t be good enough to understand the show. She probably wanted an excuse to have company, like the rest of us. We would never shell out twenty dollars for a movie ticket and a gallon of popcorn in downtown Lexington, Kentucky; none of us were that American. But we enjoyed Liping’s every Sunday. Suits and dresses screamed and sobbed on surround sound—a soundtrack that allowed us to forget, if just for an hour, the tantrums of our own adolescent children.

Five minutes into the episode, Liping cleared her throat. Those of us she had already told pursed our lips. Liping splayed her long fingers out on her iPhone and read the magnified words in English. Michael had posted the article on his Facebook earlier that day. The headline: “To the Mother I Love.” Xinran’s son on the byline; date, today; Huffington Post, "Queer Voices"… Read more »