Short Story

You and Me, Bird

Your near-life experiences have coalesced in this momentary identity. You are a woman speeding along I-10 with a caged green-cheeked conure chirping by her side.

May 17, 2019
Boys into Men, and Men into Monsters, While I Am Home With the Girls

When you disappeared, three nights ago, I told them you were up north, visiting your mother. Why should I tell them different?

May 10, 2019
A Packing List for the End of the World

I decide to put the plant in the ground the next time we stop, to insist that something I’ve loved will survive me.

May 03, 2019
Tumblr vs. Democracy

They tell me that my new job is to chisel a deep and lasting crack into the foundation of American democracy.

Apr 26, 2019
The Encroachment of Waking Life

The man in the fur hat warned me things might be different after we crossed the time barrier—that my presence might confound, even frighten those who’d forgotten me.

Apr 19, 2019
Con Suerte He Will Sleep Another Hour

Her mother had never curved a cool hand around Marilinda’s cheek and promised, Mijita, your life will be swollen with love.

Apr 12, 2019
The Cost of Dehaunting

“I don’t believe in ghosts, but you have a reputation for helping troubled properties.”

Tell Me What You Think of Me

I knew how these small moments could accumulate over time, threading back to one another, changing how you behaved in the world.

Mar 29, 2019
How to Move Through the Dark

The day the women left, Clary followed her mother to the water’s edge. She would’ve followed her under, too, if the other daughters hadn’t been there to hold her back.

Mar 22, 2019
If You Don’t Mind the Drowning

There are times you have legs. Mostly, you do not. You smile with teeth grown sharp from gnawing at chains that refuse to release.

Mar 15, 2019
Cactus City

Floating on her back, she imagines what’ll happen if she starts bleeding right then and there.

Mar 08, 2019
Sky Held Up by a Thousand Minarets

On this train ride back to his beginnings, Shettima’s mind overtook the train to another river in his memory, a river long and meandering as his days.

Mar 01, 2019
My Ex and My Ex-Chicken

I started to wonder how the hell she’d found me after all these years, but I was starting to realize that any chicken with the amount of determination I was seeing now would hardly be deterred from tracking me down.

Feb 22, 2019
The Collateral Recovery Business

She has taken back a vintage Pac Man pinball machine, gold teeth, and hair extensions. She has taken back virginity and faith in God. But can she take something back from the shadow of a woman she loved?

Keeping Up With The Other Us

Of course there was no best. Of course they were the same. I wanted to win in any case.

Feb 08, 2019
Men Who Sing the Music of the Night

When it was over, Myrrh clapped as much for their own feat of love as for their partner’s artistic accomplishment. They were proud and pleased—and then came the man who sang “The Music of the Night.”

The Future Is a Bright Yellow Kite

She knew this could happen. It was, after all, the way things were. The promise of Rekha’s warmth buried it.

Jan 25, 2019
Marisa, the Pitch Pine

Didn’t they get it? She was a pitch pine. She would win in the end.

Jan 18, 2019
Interplanetary Risk Management and Other Reasons to Quit Cheerleading

Her species procreates through a sacred sermonic skin grafting ritual, but the idea of sex with a teenage human male she found truly grotesque.

Jan 11, 2019
The Most Memorable Annual Pig Parade of Kharagpur

“Devilish,” said all of Kharagpur, after the Rosarios and their pig walked in the annual parade. “No pig’s supposed to jump backwards. Or laugh.”

Jan 04, 2019