10 Steps to Getting Rid of the Ghost in Your House

Nonfiction by Maureen O’Leary Give away the twelve boxes of your dad’s clothes your mom packed for their move to assisted living where he only survives nine days after finally, painfully dying in hospice care which is nothing like the blissfully drugged good-bye you swear he was promised. His last night in the hospital before […]

Refinished

Fiction by Brian McVety The can of tile refinisher smells like the shame of gasoline. Zoë was nine when her father let her pump gas for the first time. He remained in their rusted station wagon to argue with the radio. The powerful gush forced the nozzle from her hands and drenched her denim cutoffs. […]

The Forever Project

Fiction by BettyJoyce Nash The bike chain slips. Vee dismounts and inspects the rusted metal, noticing her lumpy leg veins. Poor circulation, big deal. Her blood’s run around her body long enough. “Lemme have a look.” Finn, from Island Mowing, leaves his machine and ambles over  in his ridiculous Hawaiian shorts, jumping with birds of […]

The Nitty Gritty

An Interview with Lannie Stabile Interview by Charlotte Hamrick I first met Lannie Stabile about four years ago when we both volunteered for the same litmag. I knew her as a poet who wrote transcendent, heart-stopping poetry. I was (am) a huge fan. Her book Strange Furniture is a favorite of mine. When she branched […]

TV Time: Revision as Time Travel

by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez My favorite type of time travel shows and films are about changing the past. I’m obsessed with the “what-ifs” of what my life could have been: what if I had grown up with citizenship, with money? Would that have prevented the domestic violence and emotional abuse? I long to know more […]

Cleaning House

Fiction by Kim Steutermann Rogers Across town, a large hole is being dug to contain your grief, the headline read. Come by at dawn, dump your troubles, start a new day. The first day, Jen offloaded her ex’s favorite coffee mug, the stained one with a big blue “M,” the logo of his college alma […]