Fiction

  • A close up of a white horse's head
    Photo: Victor Grabarczyk / Unsplash An encounter between a tonga driver and the “cruelty folks” seizes a university student’s attention on his way to class. Sometimes I remember strange thi...
  • A silhouette of a coyote against a rose-tinted dawn sky
       By Zsuzsa Selyem
    Photo:  Ray Hennessy / Unsplash In May 1974, in New York’s René Block Gallery at 409 West Broadway, Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) carried out his performance “I Like America and America Likes Me.” Ar...
  • A long exposure photograph of the moon in eclipse
    Photo: Zoltan Tasi / Unsplash A mother’s conflict with her daughter causes her to reflect on Khawnaa, a mathematician-astrologer and light of the Bengali medieval court.  When my daughter rai...
  • Many round objects, painted like bird's eye are mounted to poles and illuminated at night
       By Alberto Chimal
    Birds Watching, by Jenny Kendler, part of Indicators: Artists on Climate Change at Storm King Art Center, depicts one hundred eyes of bird species threatened or endangered by clima...
  • The empty seats of a soccer stadium as soon while looking down toward the field (which is not in the panel)
       By Sepideh Zamani
    Photo: Philipp Bock/Flickr Banned from entering soccer stadiums since Iran’s 1979 revolution, the young women in this story hatch a risky plan to get inside the stadium on game day.  She ha...
  • A pair of childish legs stand perched on a mossy rock in a brook
       By Mika Seifert
    Photo: Jordan Whitt/Unsplash In this coming-of-age tale with a dark twist, two brothers engage in a deathly game. MY BROTHER LEMMY taught me how to die. I was then eight, a...
  • A photograph of a white rose all but enveloped in darkness
       By Myronn Hardy
    Photo: Annie Pratt/Unsplash While on a pilgrimage to the site of Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia, which sparked the Arab Spring, the narrator meditates on revolution, death, and im...
  • A hole cut out of a piece of black matte card stock, revealing black matte card stock beneath
       By Clelia Farris
    Un Uovo Vuoto, illustration by Damiano Cenderelli Italian sci-fi master Clelia Farris conjures a solitary egglike being and the company eager to provide a piercing solution.  I AM...
  • A half-ripe mango, tipped in pink on top gradating toward green at the bottom
    Photo: Bishnu Sarangi A girl is forced to reexamine the myths surrounding her aunt when her aunt moves in with the family in Texas after leaving her husband in India. Is she more goddess, more wit...
  • A close-up of green lichen
       By Asja Bakić
    Photo: NettPix/Pixabay In this story from Asja Bakić’s debut collection, Mars, two women exist in a dangerous symbiosis. Lichen: nature’s chaos. A body of algae and mushroom, the sym...
  • Lumps of worked dough, covered in flour
    Photo: Wine Dharma/UNsplash In his bildungsroman, the “People’s Poet of Azerbaijan” describes a time when “all the world smelled of bread.” I’d taken off my clothes and climbed into bed. But...
  • Playfully illustrated figures swim in an abstract sea
    “Gravity” by Dani Montesinos Feet to Feet   My wife and I have a way of sleeping that might seem a bit bizarre: neither face-to-face nor back-to-back, but with the soles of our feet pressed together....
  • A watercolor illustration of an elephant, dominated by red and orange hues
       By Sonya Chyu
    llustration by Shanti Sparrow A nine-year-old wonders whether her story of a publicly shamed elephant is responsible for her immigrant mother’s mysterious condition. O nce upon a recent time,...
  • A hallway in a hospital with an door open just before a window lit by the sun
       By Michael Mattes
    Photo: Erkan Utu/Pexels What I see upon entering a hospital room in St. Paul at dawn. My nieces asleep, one on a cot against the wall, the other in a chair beside the bed, holding my sister’...
  • A close-up of the weather worn hands of a angel statue
       By Mélanie Fazi
    Photo: Michael Gaida/Pixabay Following a hysterectomy, a woman is drawn to the gothic ambience of a stone statuary garden at her lover’s family’s home. My third sleepless night in t...
  • A poster reprints an image of a muscled figure three times with the words "Health for All 2050"
       By Yoss
    Illustration by Jen Rickard Blair For “El Negro” Fontanarrosa, for his lawless fat men . . . A 2050 public health campaign goes too far, resulting in allergy-free municipalities, fines for obesity...
  • The tip of a white pencil laying on a piece of white paper
       By Goli Taraghi
      The doctor knows about my love of writing. She brings me a handful of white paper and some sharp pencils. I sit at the table and am frozen. What should I write? How? Where should I begin?...
  • Close up images of a violin, a piano, and a tuning fork formed into a triptych
       By Jeanne Farewell
    A backbiting violin section, duettists whose honest feedback to one another is less welcome than first thought, and a tuner who sets a pianist on edge: in this trio of short fictions, m...
  • Colorful, geometrically tangent houses cascade up a hill
       By Jóanes Nielsen
    Photo: James Stringer/Flickr A chance encounter with a magnetic stranger shifts something inside the narrator of this story set in the streets of Tórshavn. I first met her around th...
  • A black and white photograph of an old black Cadillac
       By Milena Solot
    Photo: Steve Oprey/Pixabay In this story from Milena Solot’s manuscript A Possible Place, the recently named matron of a successful whorehouse in Mexico City walks into the car...
  • An illustration done in colored pencil of a rabbit sitting in a forest garden
    A small birch tree with arctic thyme, lupine, sea thrift, angelica, marsh marigolds, welsh poppies, oriental poppies, rhubarb and red currant. Watercolor by Roshni Robert A woman’s comp...
  • A black and white photograph of the interior of a vintage Cadillac with the focus on the steering column and gauges
       By Sylvie Weil
    Photo: Chris Devers/Flickr A bar mitzvah brings multiple generations of a family together in celebration, far from the reach of the evil eye. NEW ROCHELLE...
  • A photograph of a pot of broth steaming on a white stove
       By Moshe Sakal
    Photo: Sarah McGee/Flickr While visiting a kibbutz to give a lecture, and after dining on both hot desert-root vegetable soup and sushi, the speaker becomes the listener when someone in...
  • A painting with numerous brown-skinned people shrouded in dusk gesturing at a wildly-garbed priest standing on the stairs of an Aztec temple
       By Rodrigo Fresán
    Blood War, 2016, by Jia How Lee. The concept art is based on the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.   Years ago the man got married and years ago the man became unhappy in his marriage. T...
  • A spider-like junction of a production machine
    Photo: Skitterphoto/Pixabay Outside the Special Instrument Factory, protesters rally against war, corruption, and the latest in protective head gear: the Ex-Box. Procrustes-1 was t...

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