Fiction

Image: "Emerging from Entanglement," by Perrin Duncan, acrylic on board, 8x8in., 2019

FICTION ISSUE #43

What Does a Nine Year-Old Know?

By Carley Gomez

 

“I’m a lesbian,” Tim’s nine-year-old daughter Sammy told him. She had a ponytail and a loose tooth that she flicked over her lip with her tongue as they stood in the aquarium in front of a tank of seahorses…
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Delgado

Some Kind of Resonance

Kathrin Hutson interviews
Stanley Delgado

 

Fiction co-editor Kathrin Hutson recently had this exchange with Issue #42 fiction author Stanley Delgado. Here’s what Stanley had to say about his inspiration for “Pool,” his approach to revision, how his work as a translator for medical journals overlaps with his fiction writing, and more… 
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Cohen EDITED

FICTION ISSUE #42

Pool

By Stanley Delgado

 

Mom told Wendel it was like swimming in saliva, it was so warm; he would love it—absolutely love the pool. She knew he was on summer vacation, so he couldn’t say no…
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Nathan Alling Long

Energy, Mystery, and Force

Grace Safford interviews
Nathan Alling Long

 
 

Fiction co-editor Grace Safford recently had this exchange with Issue #41 featured fiction writer Nathan Alling Long. Here’s what Nathan had to say about his approach to teaching writing, his favorite stories of 2018, and what he’s working on now… 
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Expired Eclipse

FICTION ISSUE #41

Last Sympathy

By Nathan Alling Long
 
 

SANUS DREAMT a bomb exploded just outside his apartment building. He heard the detonation, then saw the window shatter, the ceiling crumble, and debris scatter across the floor. He lay there naked, feeling the dust settled on his skin…
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Baumann Author Photo

Connecting the Bizarre to the Real

Grace Safford interviews
Joe Baumann

 
 

Fiction co-editor Grace Safford recently had this exchange with Issue #40 featured fiction writer Joe Baumann. Here’s what Joe had to say about his approach to brainstorming story ideas, what role exposition plays in a piece, and what he’s working on now… 
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Kohrs_Lift

FICTION ISSUE #40

Vernix

By Joe Baumann
 
 

The neonatal nurses couldn’t remove the vernix from Evan’s skin. They tried hot water, scrubbing with their hands through the squeaky latex of their gloves; they soaked washcloths, scratching them against his pink baby body, at first with a delicacy reserved for afternoon tea…
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FICTION ISSUE #39

How It Ends

By Rosanna Staffa
 
 

Stiff chairs, pens scratching. We sat at a large table, budding playwrights in summer clothes and fresh haircuts. The mentor looked tiny and mysterious, with beautiful black hair and delicate skin. I was afraid of her. She was terribly smart and famous…..
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Sorrow and Empathy

Grace Safford interviews
Sarah Freligh

 
 

Fiction co-editor Grace Safford recently had this exchange with Issue #38 featured fiction author Sarah Freligh. Here’s what she had to say about her best and worst workshop experiences, character development, her writing routine, and more…. 
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Harakiri

FICTION ISSUE #38

Next of Kin

By Sarah Freligh
 
 

Richard Nixon is dying. The radio in Sophie’s car burps to life with this news, then mysteriously quits. A short in the electrical system, according to her brother Kevin, something tricky and too expensive to bother with in a car this old….
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