Shailen Mishra
Between Bears and Bees

Shailen Mishra - Between Bears and Bees

Fiction
Shailen Mishra holds a PhD in English Studies from Illinois State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. At Illinois State University, his work was recognized… Read more »
Gregory Byrd
Dita e Verës

Gregory Byrd - Dita e Verës

Fiction
A Fulbright fellow (Albania, 2011) and Pushcart nominee, Gregory Byrd’s poetry and prose have appeared widely, recently in Apalachee Review and forthcoming in Saw Palm. His current projects are the… Read more »
Alden M. Hayashi
Finding the Right “Keiko”

Alden M. Hayashi - Finding the Right “Keiko”

Fiction
Alden M. Hayashi has been an editor and writer at Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, and the MIT Sloan Management Review. After more than thirty years covering science, technology, and… Read more »
Tara Lynn Masih
Notes to THE WORLD

Tara Lynn Masih - Notes to THE WORLD

Fiction
Tara Lynn Masih is a National Jewish Book Award Finalist and winner of the Julia Ward Howe Award for Young Readers for her debut novel, My Real Name Is Hanna. Her anthologies include The Rose Metal… Read more »
Star Su
Properties of Light

Star Su - Properties of Light

Fiction
Star Su grew up in Ann Arbor and is currently an undergraduate at Brown. Her fiction is forthcoming in Waxwing, SmokeLong Quarterly, Wildness Journal, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter: @stars_su. Read more »
John Van Kirk
Sea Fog: A History

John Van Kirk - Sea Fog: A History

Fiction
John Van Kirk is the author of the novel Song for Chance (Red Hen Press). His short fiction has won the O. Henry Award and the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and has been published in numerous magazines… Read more »
M. M. De Voe
The Scissors of Hope and Despair

M. M. De Voe - The Scissors of Hope and Despair

Fiction
M. M. De Voe has won more than a dozen writing awards for short fiction and poetry. Anthologized in Delirium Corridor (Borda Press), Twisted Book of Shadows (winner of a Shirley Jackson Award for Best… Read more »

Properties of Light

Star Su

My mother takes me to St. Clair Shores on a pale spring morning when I am thirteen years old. She has found a coach there, someone better than Ben, who sometimes shows up to my lessons without skates, eyes shot with red. Skating was my own choice, after my mother told me I needed to be afraid of fewer things. She was a gymnastics coach in China, now a seamstress, stitching together fabric instead of sinew. I know how she wanted me to choose, but I was proud, even then, and had started to bring home medals from skating competitions.

As we drive across the peninsula, it is still early enough to see the moon hang from the edge of the sky. I imagine it rolling softly onto the willows across the lake, or into the water with a quiet splash. If I am to believe the tale of the goddess who shares my name, the moon will do neither of those things and Selene will soon arrive to meet her ageless lover.

After opening the car windows briefly to pay the bridge toll, all I have to embrace is the cold. It lays its hand across my cheek, the… Read more »