Playing House

By Octavio Quintanilla My seven-year-old wife has dinner ready for me by the time I come home. I’m a year older than she is and we have two children, though we are not sure of how we got them. After dinner, and after the small talk, we send them off to bed. They wed their […]

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Sunflower Stems/Notes From the Reckoning

By Noelle Barrera On the first day, we were surprised when the moths started raining down from the sky. We were standing on sidewalks, drinking coffee in dimly-lit rooms, walking with friends on the streets when they started dropping down from trees — with vivid punctured red-green bodies, dead moths the size of dogs, the […]

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Collection by JJ Philips

By JJ Philips JJ Philips (Jeanine Johnson-Philips) pursued art from middle school through college, but after getting married and raising a family, art was put on the back burner. By the time her children were older, she toyed around with the idea of revisiting her artistic side, but being a full-time employee, there just didn’t […]

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Dear Friend

By Kara Killinger I wish you could stay longer. I’ll never admit it, but I’d let you be here all the time if that was what you wanted. You could eat my canned peaches, drink my boxed wine, sleep in my bed, lounge on the couch over there, and just always be looking at me. […]

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Treasure Hunting

By Kara Killinger When Pop takes you and Kenneth to roam the thin strip of sand between the grass and the lake, you will find treasures including a red and white bobber, broken sunglasses, and a fishing lure shaped like a strange worm. You will put the treasures in a bucket to show Momma and […]

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Dust

By Natalie Rogers I was just a speck of dust on the wall. I’ve lived here for 1,752 days, but what did I really know? I had no central nervous system. I had no brain. I didn’t even have a body. I was a mass of tangled long hairs and dead skin cells; so very […]

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A Brother’s Responsibility

By Joy Umoekpo It all started a few months ago on a normal day. Trent had just finished some biology homework from his college and was preparing to pick up his younger brother Edwin from his classes when he received the phone call. His mouth fell open. His car keys fell from his hands and […]

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