Cover Photo: All illustrations by Tallulah Pomeroy
All illustrations by Tallulah Pomeroy

The Year the Fathers Died

“They all believed their fathers would continue, would always continue.”

The fathers died one after another. One had colon cancer, one diabetes and emphysema, another’s liver was crumbling and another had already had two strokes. Still, the daughters were overcome with surprise at the news. Each believing her own father would never die, for better or for worse.

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Maria Luz: Our Lady of Light

Where did you go?

Maria Conchita: Our Lady of Understanding

Now you see him, now you don’t

He’s the one who’s deadnot you

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Jamie Figueroa (Afro-Taíno) is Boricua by way of Ohio and long time resident of northern New Mexico. She received her MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she currently teaches as a Visiting Professor. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, American Short Fiction, and Epoch, among other literary journals. Jamie's debut novel, published in March 2021, is Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer.