Kerry Folan
Empty Pedestals

Kerry Folan - Empty Pedestals

Creative Nonfiction
Kerry Folan’s creative nonfiction has recently appeared in Ninth Letter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Southeast Review, Literary Hub, and River Teeth, among others. She teaches writing and… Read more »
Brandon Hansen
On Shrugging

Brandon Hansen - On Shrugging

Creative Nonfiction
Brandon Hansen is a Truman Capote Scholar at the University of Montana’s MFA program. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in LIT Magazine, Puerto Del Sol, Cape Rock Poetry, and a few other… Read more »
Morgan Florsheim
Toward the Pith

Morgan Florsheim - Toward the Pith

Creative Nonfiction
Morgan Florsheim is a writer and educator based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Though she no longer does ecology research, she still loves spending time in the woods and playing in the dirt. Her… Read more »

On Shrugging

Brandon Hansen

I watched a rainbow trout take the minnow in its mouth like a dog does a stick. I saw this in real time on the screen of my dad’s underwater camera, which we lovingly called “the fish camera,” as the lens was affixed to a faded bluegill replica that swayed in the undercurrent. I pulled my phone out of my pocket to take a picture of the fish camera’s grainy, black and white screen, to capture the moment before I captured the fish. On its way out, the phone clipped my bulky snow pants. It slipped through my gloved hands. It slid on the ice-slicked floor of the shack, and, with the slightest plop, dove into the drilled hole. Speechless, I watched on the fish camera as the phone, still glowing, struck Lost Lake’s bottom, spooked the trout, and kicked up a cloud of silt.

Things happen in life that you can only shrug at. My dad first told me this when he found me, maybe twelve years old, leaning like a limp fish against the basswood tree in the backyard, my heart freshly broken by a girl on the school bus. In that phoneless moment on the ice, I… Read more »