Fiction

An Instrument of the Heart

Though Zya had been too young to recognize it as unusual, she could remember the first time Rania had washed her brain.

Sep 18, 2020
For As Long As Turtles Live

Our relationship might crack as we build two babies, but turtles don’t rush.

Hyung

They weren’t shaped in the same image he had of the older Korean boys Jacob had not seen since he left, these hyungs who towered over Jacob still.

Sep 04, 2020
The New Grandma

Good mothers don’t lose composure, she thought, even if an asteroid is heading at them, they don’t loosen screen time limits or miss piano lessons.

Aug 28, 2020
The Living Structures

Suddenly a heart beat inside its concrete shell. It was a murmur, a light and irregular thing, so faint that I wondered if it was real.

Aug 14, 2020
Sister Machinery

Here was the situation: Pearl belonged to Ba, Em belonged to Ma, and I belonged to my sisters.

Aug 07, 2020
Living with the Dead in Placentia, CA

Oftentimes, the dead leave town. Olga thinks the dead leave because they find there is no place for them.

Jul 31, 2020
Tonight, We Live Like Kings

Dylan doesn't do gender, but they do drag.

Jul 24, 2020
What Is It About a Dyke at Summer Camp?

When a girl Miss-Mary-Macks with you, it’s like you share a birthday for a full breathless sixty seconds.

Jul 17, 2020
Erie

The plan was to seal themselves inside for as long as they needed to—until the world stopped burning, until it was safe.

The Astronomers

One day, Brian would dissolve into the atmosphere and not come back. One day, this room, our home, our love, would no longer be able to contain him.

Jun 26, 2020
The Year It Poured

Houses were flooded, roofs were carried away in the wind...And a month before that, the condoms in my father’s wardrobe mysteriously disappeared.

Jun 12, 2020
Your Book Reading

“Hello, [a mispronounced version of your name], pleased to meet you.”

Jun 05, 2020
Low-Flying Children

The Green Man dreams that one day he will throw away the flag and depart for home in a bug-free rocket ship. But not before the children grow up, walk instead of fly.

May 29, 2020
Hotel La Plantación

They like flirting with local women. When they’re satisfied with the season, they catch a plane and go back to gringolandia.

There Is No Human Resources Department at the Candy Cooperative

The bubbly letters were both a direction and a justification for the lines of people who shelled out $37.50 for a forty-five-minute “experience” at “the sweetest place on earth.”

May 15, 2020
Solitude Is a Human Presumption

Why can’t we imagine, just for the sake of argument, that a joyful spirit leaves some of themselves behind—an echo of joy in a place they once loved?

May 08, 2020
So What’s Your Name, Sandra?

Her son’s name was Bison and, wouldn’t you know, she’d enjoyed calling him “Son” for short.

Class, What Do We Know About the President?

What is dramatic about wanting to protect ten kids from the bullshit of the world? Just ten. That’s all I want.

Apr 24, 2020
Lepidoptera

Her family had no wings, only legs that could traverse blocks at street level, where no one was allowed since the Sickness.

Apr 17, 2020