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 »

Dita e Verës

Gregory Byrd

You can’t walk around anywhere in Tirana without being reminded of sacrifice. Try to walk somewhere—go ahead. You’ll find yourself walking Dëshmorët e Kombit, Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard. Go far enough one way and you’ll find yourself in Sheshi Nënë Tereza, Mother Theresa Square. Go the other way and you’ll find Skanderbeg, George Kastrioti, sitting on his 15th-century horse with his sword raised and his big beard pointed into the future. Or you’ll find the park of the three Frashëri brothers, or the streets named after them. There are only three of them but it seems like there must be a dozen. Talk to the right people and you’ll hear about the couple thousand people who died in 1998. Walk by the Prime Minister’s building near the Pyramid and you’ll pass the place where three protesters were killed six weeks ago. The blood from their gunshot wounds has been washed away and the flowers left for them are gone, but you can still see the marks on the street where cars were burned. So even though I was hoping that Dita e Verës, the festival to celebrate the end of winter, would help me forget, I kept seeing signs… Read more »