They were both pregnant but only Fran got morning sickness. At dawn an irrepressible curdy sourness welled up in her gut, forcing her out of bed, pulling her toward the bathroom where she would retch and puke and cough until, a minute later, Naomi would pad in gently behind her. Her equally pregnant partner, not […]
Scott Kaukonen: The Physics of a Bomb
Every time you close your eyes you see shrapnel and shards of broken glass and razor-sharp fragments of iron and it’s all flying toward you at a thousand miles an hour. You don’t think, you only react, and you launch your body into space in the direction where you believe your daughter stands, the last […]
Lisa Sharon: Breakaway
I’ve been thinking about punctuated equilibrium. Just the name is cool. The theory is that not all evolution takes place slowly and incrementally. Sometimes a group from a larger population breaks off—maybe the group gets isolated because of a flood or something—and because the population is small, the individuals undergo rapid evolutionary change. When they’re […]
Emma Smith-Stevens: The Boulevard
Kat took a faint bit of pleasure in dialing Mark’s number, a man whom she’d never met, from inside of his own home. She was lying on his loveseat, legs draped over its wooden arm. She wondered where he was, but knew she wouldn’t ask, and what he looked like, because there were no pictures […]
Fernando Pérez is a writer from Long Beach, California. He currently lives in Tempe, where he teaches writing at both Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. He holds an MFA in poetry from ASU.
Nicole Callihan’s first book of poems, Fly by Night, will be published by Sock Monkey Press in early 2014. A Senior Language Lecturer at New York University, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.