Now LIVE: our new issue, "Birth, School, Work, Death."

Now LIVE: our new issue, “Birth, School, Work, Death.”

We present our Summer/Fall 2019 issue–“Birth, School, Work, Death” … Four phases of life, with the beauty in the details. If you wish, you can go to the Table of Contents and Contributors’ Notes on Medium here: Contents. The format on Medium is slightly different. Here’s what you’ll find in...
“I Got Grown,” a memoir by Joe Milan, Jr.

“I Got Grown,” a memoir by Joe Milan, Jr.

A young man starts his working life where others’ lives end. “We worked well together. We hustled. We batched. We finished our tasks quickly, all the while head-banging to Alice in Chains or nodding to the Ray Brown Trio. I thought I’d finally found my stride.” Kachina doll class. Photograph by Chad Hunt. ...
“Parenting in the Negative,” an essay by Will Stockton. On deficits in the adoption of an older child.

“Parenting in the Negative,” an essay by Will Stockton. On deficits in the adoption of an older child.

“David said that he hated school, which meant teachers and other students: ‘They get me in trouble.’ Home-schooling would allow him to spend more time with us, he said.” Photograph by Chad Hunt. 2019. – This feature is available, in slightly different format, on Medium. – Parenting in the Negative...
"The Archaeology of Desire": a portfolio by Gale Rothstein.

“The Archaeology of Desire”: a portfolio by Gale Rothstein.

“Where are we? Who is here with us? How big or small are we? Are we awake or dreaming?” This feature is also available, in slightly different format, on Medium. – – Editors’ Note Gale Rothstein’s work embraces dualisms in a conflicted environment: impermanence and reinvention, loss and hope. She...
"The First Cry," a memoir by Marjorie Pryse.

“The First Cry,” a memoir by Marjorie Pryse.

Birth, separation, symbiosis. “No one knows what actually triggers the onset of labor — the moment when at least the mother becomes conscious that her infant might begin to have a life that she cannot predict or even necessarily share.” Photograph by Chad Hunt. Art by Isadora Hunt. 0 This...
They're here! Presenting "Rivals & Players," our Winter 2019 issue.

They’re here! Presenting “Rivals & Players,” our Winter 2019 issue.

We’re online, live, and free to read on Medium!   Our Winter 2019 issue features lovers, fighters, warriors, war reenactors, ad men, insects, and neighbors. Do we play the game, or does the game play us? What do we get when we spin Fortune’s wheel? Who’s watching, anyway — and when are...
Our Summer 2018 issue, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” has hit the street and the web. Sample some of the contents here now.

Our Summer 2018 issue, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” has hit the street and the web. Sample some of the contents here now.

Issue 3.1, “Small Things, Partial Cures,” hits hard …   Our latest issue (super-sized) features great new work by Sherod Santos, Leslie Stainton, Walter Cummins, Sara Talpos, Peter Grandbois, Valley Haggard, Staci Mercado, Mark Wyatt, Diana Smith Bolton, Kathleen de Azevedo, Gunver Hasselbalch, James Prochnik, and many more writers and...
Our Interview with Jeanette Winterson:  "It's Always Some Battle ..."

Our Interview with Jeanette Winterson: “It’s Always Some Battle …”

“I didn’t intend to write a memoir. I was on a personal search for my biological mother, which I hadn’t intended to do either. You know what it’s like, the big things in life you never plan: you micromanage everything, and then the big things come along, and you never...
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“Panthera leo leo; or, a Civics Lesson.” An essay by Alison Powell from "Birth, School, Work, Death."

“Panthera leo leo; or, a Civics Lesson.” An essay by Alison Powell from “Birth, School, Work, Death.”

  “The girl imagines her body losing a dimension, her self as a pocket door.” This feature is also available, in slightly different format, on Medium. Panthera leo leo; or, a Civics Lesson A girl walks down the hallway in junior high wearing stone-washed jeans and a choker, assuming no one will touch her though many...
“Assisted Hatching,” an essay by Christine Caulfield.

“Assisted Hatching,” an essay by Christine Caulfield.

The complicated quest to conceive. “To be barren was like having leprosy …” Image by Tina Nord. We used to joke about being barren. Before we started trying to have a baby, when we were just talking about it, my partner and I would see in everything signs that I was barren and laugh. To be barren was...
“Aunt Milwee’s Balm,” a memoir by Chris Carbaugh.

“Aunt Milwee’s Balm,” a memoir by Chris Carbaugh.

A home remedy unites mourners after its maker’s death. “Milwee was certain that her uncle’s formula was a panacea for countless ailments, aches, and pains: ‘Just rub some on and expect a miracle to occur.’” Saint Mary Magdalene with ointment jar. Illuminated manuscript, c. 1470. There was a strange assortment of people observing the funeral of my aunt...
“Singing Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ in the First Rehearsal,” a poem by Stuart Gunter.

“Singing Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ in the First Rehearsal,” a poem by Stuart Gunter.

Learning to sing the sublime. “We knew the presence of significant things …” To read this feature as a broadside, drag the image to your desktop … or scroll down to read it in plain text. This poem is also available, in slightly different format, on Medium. 0 Singing Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in the First Rehearsal We knew...
"83rd St. North Notebook," a poem by Ann Quinn.

“83rd St. North Notebook,” a poem by Ann Quinn.

A visit to a childhood landscape. “The appliances immortal, the furniture arranged in 1946 …” To enjoy this poem as a broadside, drag the image to your desktop. Or simply scroll down to reach the plain-text version. Featured image: Jonathan Machen: Living Room, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Pen-and-ink with digitized color.   – 83rd St. Notebook –...