Cover Photo: A photograph of a white man wearing a white collared shirt and visor, standing at a newspaper printing press and organizing a series of long hanging sheets.
Photograph by Marjory Collins via the Library of Congress

When the News Is Too Much, I Read It Backward

The tidy linearity we’re used to leaves little room for revolution.

I should be more considerate. I should make time for the news no matter what. For other people. For the world. I can fix this.

They Both Die at the End Skippy Dies

The Western Wind

Remember when the conclusions weren’t forgone?

That Hair

Use easy-to-understand language. Be objective—or acknowledge when you can’t be. Lead with the most important, basic information and fill in the details as you go.

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions


Mariah Stovall is a literary agent and writer from New Jersey. She’s written fiction for Ninth Letter, Hobart, Minola Review, and Joyland and nonfiction for Full Stop, The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Literary Hub and more. She is currently working on her first novel.