“I Am Disgusting” by Ching Ching Tan

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 (Written in March 2020 when California started sheltering in place) My friend is an animal-rights advocate. This week, she posted these two news items on Facebook: the petition to stop China’s dog-eating festival starting in three months, and an...

“One of Many” by Melissa Wiley

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 We live so many more lives than the one we’re living. Within only a month of us having met—maybe even a shorter timeframe—you shared with me your theory of multiple universes. You’re proud, to this day, of hatching this concept before any known...

“Everything You Left Behind” by Marlene Olin

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 Outside, it’s a typical Miami summer. Tourists have left the city. Throats gulp 100% humidity while sweat falls plump. Inside, the house reeks sickly sweet. Shalimar and disinfectant. Febreze and bleach. Like desert mirages, the air...

“In Memoriam Ikea” by Alex Juarez

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 My mom’s biological dad, Don, dies in January. His wife calls me at 9 am and I pick up. The caller ID says, “Calico Rock, Arkansas.” I never visited him there, but my mom did. She came back home and told me about how they fished for catfish or...

“Why Do You Feel Always Sad?” by Kirsten Reneau

Issue 22 / Summer 2020 Why Do You Feel Always Sad? You’re depressed Of course, you know objectively this is probably why you feel Always Sad, but it doesn’t seem like quite the right reason anymore. You know for sure that this is why you are extra tired. And...