Kilby Allen
A Stockroom Exegesis of Psalm Fifty-One

Kilby Allen - A Stockroom Exegesis of Psalm Fifty-One

Kilby Allen is a native of the Mississippi Delta, and received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was awarded both the Himan Brown Award and the Lainoff Prize in 2010. While living in New York,… Read more »
Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon - Braniff

Peter Gordon’s short stories have appeared in a wide range of publications including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Virginia… Read more »
Anne Goodwin
Habeas Corpus

Anne Goodwin - Habeas Corpus

Anne Goodwin writes fiction for the freedom to contradict and continually reinvent herself. She has published 50 short stories online and in print. A recent—and somewhat evangelical—convert to… Read more »
Brian Maxwell

Brian Maxwell - Pensacola

Brian Maxwell is a Florida-based writer, particularly interested in the short story form. His fiction has appeared in Fugue, Evansville Review, Louisville Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Rio… Read more »
Valerie Cumming
Secret Recipe

Valerie Cumming - Secret Recipe

Valerie Cumming received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in more than twenty publications. Currently, she works as a… Read more »
Rebecca Orchard
The Farm Before the Hills

Rebecca Orchard - The Farm Before the Hills

Rebecca Orchard is a writer and classical musician who majored in French horn at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her studies have taken her to Vienna and throughout the US,… Read more »
John Goulet
The Hyena Man

John Goulet - The Hyena Man

John Goulet grew up in Boston, Colorado and Iowa. He attended St. John’s University, San Francisco State, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. After serving in the Peace Corps in… Read more »
Michael Capel

Michael Capel - Walk

Michael Capel received an MFA in fiction writing from Boise State University. His short stories have appeared in Sou’wester, South Dakota Review, Barnstorm and Existere. Born in upstate New York, he… Read more »

Secret Recipe

Valerie Cumming

My father works: sometimes construction; sometimes home repair; sometimes even for the uncles, though this kind of work is always mysterious and leaves him tense and short-tempered at the end of the day. His dream, he tells us sometimes—drinking beer and happy in the backyard on a summer evening, burned and tired from a day working in the sun, feet soaking in my little sister’s bug-spotted wading pool—his dream is to own his own restaurant. A pizza place, he says, like the ones he grew up on in Youngstown: a mom-and-pop place, secret recipe, no corporate franchise bullshit. The closest he ever comes, though, is the winter he works as a cook at an Italian restaurant near our house. It’s a nice restaurant, fancy, even: red-and-white checkered tablecloths, cloth napkins. A tealight candle in a jar on every table and three types of wine on the menu.

We’ve only been there once, when there was a coupon in the Valu-Saver, but then my father gets hired nights and my sister and I get to go along with him every so often, when our mother is off someplace and our grandmother has one of her bridge games and can’t watch… Read more »