Maxine Rosaler
A Sample Boy

Maxine Rosaler - A Sample Boy

"A Sample Boy" is part of Maxine Rosaler's novel in stories, Queen for a Day, which will be published by Delphinium Press in June 2018. The novel has received a starred Kirkus Review and has been… Read more »
Meg Mullins
Christmas Gift

Meg Mullins - Christmas Gift

Meg Mullins is the author of three novels, The Rug Merchant, Dear Strangers, and This is How I’d Love You. Her work has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series and… Read more »
Lana Spendl

Lana Spendl - Peephole

Lana Spendl's chapbook of short fiction, We Cradled Each Other in the Air, was published in 2017 by Blue Lyra Press. Her short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The… Read more »
Will Schwartz
Strange Men

Will Schwartz - Strange Men

Will Schwartz has published fiction in Ninth Letter and Newtown Literary, and he won the 2017 Briarcliff Review contest for fiction. He is currently finishing his MFA at the University of Illinois,… Read more »
Luke Muyskens

Luke Muyskens - Striker

Luke Muyskens lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His fiction has appeared most recently in Arts & Letters, New Madrid, Emrys, Hopkins Review, and Superstition Review. His poetry has appeared most… Read more »
Connor Saparoff Ferguson
The Chrysalid

Connor Saparoff Ferguson - The Chrysalid

Connor Saparoff Ferguson is a writer and translator whose fiction and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, The Millions, Electric Literature, Hippocampus, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. Born and… Read more »

A Sample Boy

Maxine Rosaler

When Mimi went into Danny’s room to tell him lunch was ready, she found him asleep on the floor, under the poster of the periodic table of the elements that hung on the wall beside his bed. Mimi stood in the doorway looking at her son: the spray of pimples across his cheeks, the shadow of a mustache above his mouth, the unfinished look of his nose and mouth made him look like any other teenage boy. His room reeked of sweat and farts and pheromones, reminding Mimi of her brother’s room when he was thirteen.

Although it wasn’t especially cold, Mimi covered Danny with a quilt, and after gathering up the laundry, she went down to the basement. The washing machines were all in use. She got back into the elevator. The doors slid open at the lobby. A woman pushing a bright orange stroller stepped in, apparently a new client for Norma’s day care center next door.

Mimi looked at the child in the stroller and thought of Danny at that age. The signs had been there already. She recalled with the usual regret how determined she and Jake had been not to see them. The… Read more »