Creek Bed Blues
Fiction by Bre Lillie +++I met my best friend the day my brother Keen came howling back to our family’s home with blood pulsing from his nose in short bursts.
Kiss Cecilia for Me
Fiction by Kaitlin Ruether The first camera I picked up had a flashbulb that popped when you pressed the button. My first picture had Mom in a blue floral dress as she straightened the records on a maple shelf, her mousy hair pulled tight.
Mars Renaissance: Eight Things a Man Should Know How to Do
Fiction by Tim Conrad They are sending Lisa and me down to the capital for a statewide charity function that our office doesn’t care about. We’ve been invited during our peak season, and our boss Gretchen tells us that someone needs to go as a show of solidarity.
Fiction by Dani Heinemeyer +++Judith starts believing in God after watching the History Channel special, “The Real Face of Jesus.” She sits alone in her living room, the television projecting faint blue holograms onto the coffee table’s mahogany surface.
Check Yes Or No
Nonfiction by Cindy Skaggs They talk me into Twizzlers from the vending machine before we head back to the silver minivan that rides low under the weight it carries: boxes, crates, computer, blankets and pillows, toys, and a hamper, all crammed into the backseat in under an hour.
Fiction by Reena Shah He hadn’t drawn anything in years, and his professors insinuated early on that his talent was limited by his preoccupation with realism, a lack of artistic vision.