Creation of God

By Shimma Ali The ground was hard. I sat hunched on my knees at a rural crossroads in the dead of night. My fingers dug into the dirt, fingernails scratching …

Hello, Father Ernie

By Josiah Hesse Father Ernie was gasping his last breaths when the faces of the children he’d abused appeared before him. It’d been decades since anyone called him “Father,” but …

WTF!!! (in red)

By Roseanna Frechette Art by Lonnie MF Allen You drag yourself up the stairs like some kind of rock star zombie on Benzos from heaven. “WTF!!!” you have just texted …

Bathroom Graffiti Beau

excerpted from the upcoming memoir, Glory Guitars By Gogo Germaine Iwasn’t really attracted to Cameron Starling, I just wanted to try him like a drug. His name was carved into …

Orchid

By Jack Orleans Fling yourself over the pole,” Coach says. She knows Coach likes her body, otherwise he wouldn’t say “fling” that way. He wouldn’t put so much breath into …

Trump Country

By Christie Buchele After the bar owner paid me less than he promised for doing 45 minutes of jokes, I tipped my head back and spilled my last shot of …

Respirator

By Addison Herron-Wheeler Neeka pulled on her gas mask and headed out into the smoggy street. Looking around, she noticed everyone was wearing some kind of face protection. Although she …

When She Leaves

By Rebecca Hannigan   There’s this skirt I always used to wear and sometimes still wear which sits all folded up in a tidy square in the bottom of my …