Daniel Uncapher
Five Handy Men

Daniel Uncapher - Five Handy Men

Creative Nonfiction
Daniel Uncapher is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he won multiple awards in the Southern Literary Festival for his poetry and nonfiction. In his spare time,… Read more »
Jaclyn Dwyer
Geography Lessons

Jaclyn Dwyer - Geography Lessons

Creative Nonfiction
Jaclyn Dwyer has published poems in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iron Horse Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, The Journal, and Witness, among others. Her prose has appeared… Read more »
Kate Washington
The Winding

Kate Washington - The Winding

Creative Nonfiction
Kate Washington is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The Bellingham Review; Brain, Child; and Ninth Letter to Sunset, The Washington Post,… Read more »

The Winding

Kate Washington

“Where did you get that watch?” a stranger asked my mother. It was 1979, and I was seven, and we were in New Zealand, two seasons and 24 hours of travel removed from our California home. My mother was enduring her first major depressive episode; years later, she would tell me that on our flight home she had hoped the plane would crash over the wide Pacific, to end her misery. The stranger went on: “It wasn’t in Seattle, by any chance? I lost one just like it there, and I’ve never seen another like it since. I’m almost sure I lost it downtown, at the Nordstrom. I went back to the lost and found, but it never turned up.”

It’s no surprise the stranger would recognize the watch instantly, would seek it on a stranger’s wrist. I’ve never seen another like it either: a Seiko, gold tone, delicate yet mod, an artifact of the 1960s. The gold has worn away on the clasp and at the edges. Around the face, a tiny ring of beveled, silver-toned metal has a deceptive shine, like precious stones. My mother was trained by her mother to be a well-turned-out sorority girl, in a… Read more »