“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...

“Alfonso” by Mary Lynn-Giannakou

Issue 22 / Summer 2020 We were all farm animals to Alfonso: waiters were burros; waitresses were burras; prep cooks, dish washers, and bus boys were bueys. Instead of the colloquial, “Que onda, wey?” Alfonso would say, “Que onda, buey?” When I...

“Nothing Earth Shattering” by Brian O’Hare

Issue 22 / Summer 2020 1. She thought about him at the oddest times; the thoughts vaguely embarrassing, as if revealing her to be a fraud —something other than a good wife and mother. She considered herself a practical woman, and by her sober estimation the memories...

“Somewhere in Between” by Kristen Zory King

Issue 22 / Summer 2020 i. It is 6:00am and I am in the woods.   This is not unusual. Often I find myself here, walking a well-worn park trail on the northwest side of DC during that time of morning when the light is both gentle and bright, like a miracle freshly...

“Empty Desks” by Kevin Helock

Issue 22 / Summer 2020 Hey kiddo, I’m not going to talk about what happened. I figure you’ve got enough of that everywhere else what with all the cameras staking out the building in the morning, the counselors they’ve got in the corners of all the rooms where your...