Fiction

invisible threads

Natasha Mieszkowski interviews
Loan Le

 

Our fiction editor Natasha Mieszkowski recently had this exchange with Loan Le, our Issue #29 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, choosing a point of view, and the importance of small details and subtext in fiction… Read more

"Blue Hair" by Catherine Hall, 12x9, encaustic on canvas

FICTION ISSUE #32

The First Task of Letting Go

By Christine Linn
 
 

I. Corporeality of action. The first task of letting go: righting bodies. If I found you, I would lift your one hundred and forty-two pounds of gangle easily. I would lift those one hundred and forty-two pounds of boy-smell t-shirts…
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"Drowning Jester" by Kim J. Gifford, digital collage

FICTION ISSUE #31

Small

By Erin Seaward-Hiatt
 
 

The first mortuary gig was a rush thing I’d agreed to after my dream job of designing indie album sleeves stopped panning out. “Well, you get to honor families’ last wishes for their loved ones,” people say. “How honorable is that?” Really, designing headstones is just a lot of convincing people not to opt for the Papyrus heading…
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confront our deepest fears and write about them

Lauren Bender interviews
Noelle Q. de Jesus

 

Our editor in chief Lauren Bender recently had this exchange with Noelle Q. de Jesus, our Issue #28 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, her experiences in workshops, and her inspiration for the short story “Wanting.”… Read more

FICTION ISSUE #30

The Italian Dance

By Emily Alice Katz
 
 

Outside the sanatorium library, Evie spies a notice for a theatrical gathering. The announcement is written neatly on thick vanilla card stock. Sunday afternoons from two o’clock to half past three, it says. The words slope across the page from left to right. English letters, not Yiddish. Evie calculates: only four days to wait…
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"Changeling" by Eduardo Ford, 24x30, oil on hardboard

FICTION ISSUE #29

Gaw Gaw

By Loan Le
 
 

On Halloween, the veil between the living and the dead lifts. That’s what Dad tells me every year, as if I need to be reminded, as if I can ever forget. Today is special….
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we learn how to build better stories

Our fiction editor Natasha Mieszkowski and editor-in-chief Lauren Bender had this exchange with Benjamin Hale, featured fiction author for our Volume 3 print issue. Here’s…

"The Thrill of Her Slipperiest Flesh" by Bill Wolak, Collage

FICTION ISSUE #28

Wanting

By Noelle Q. de Jesus
 
 

Through this long summer, I’ve been desperately and quite pathetically in love with Eloisa Tuason, our neighbor from down the street. From the start, it’s been more than infatuation. Any man, married or not, can pass a woman on the street and think she’s gorgeous, and by the time he gets to wherever he’s going, he’s forgotten her….
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possibilities for sound and beauty

Patrick Brownson interviews
Thomas Benz

 

Our fiction co-editor Patrick Brownson recently had this exchange with Thomas Benz, our Issue #27 featured fiction author. Here’s what he had to say about his love of traditional language, his writing and revising process, and the inspiration for his story “The Waiting Moon.”… Read more

"At Ray & Judy's Bookstore, Study 2" by Onelio Marrero, 10" x 8​"​ Oil On Canvas Board

FICTION ISSUE #27

The Waiting Moon

By Thomas Benz
 
 

Jarrett wakes with the disorienting sense that he has missed something, that there has been some lapse and he must try to figure out what’s gone wrong. Passengers are wearily lining up in the aisle, jostled by the accustomed roughness of the old rails. The street and buildings out the window are upscale, mildly forbidding and unfamiliar…
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