Apocalyptic River

By Fred Muratori
We picnicked by the sullen river, its water brown, opaque and dense enough for starving frogs to flop across.

The White Devil

By Shara Concepción
We watch each other in the blue glow of predawn, limbs entwined. We speak with our eyes: "I grow hair on my back now," I say...

Photo Story: Marissa

By Mary Chandler Philpott
Marissa and Carlos are in love. She told me. She told me she spends more nights at his place than at hers.

The night before the Fourth of July

By Susan Roney-O’Brien
when I am tossing the neon pink tennis ball the dog found under the porch, the man in the next yard hammers in staccato flurries...

Night Music

By Maureen Traverse
All summer we stayed with Mazie’s mother, who smelled of lavender and gin. We strolled the boardwalk every day, pretend ladies in tattered lace...

The Fish Room

By Jennifer Anderson
I snuck down there evenings he worked at the sawmill, to the lath and concrete room where he gutted perch, tossing tails to the cat.

Tattered Little Father

By Taylor Oren
I keep a photo of a stranger. I rescued him out of an estate sale cigar box. He looked the most like me.

An Honest Mistake

By Michael Somes
I walked into the wrong apartment coming back from work, and someone else’s wife embraced me.

The Hive

By Ingrid Jendrzejewsk
We’re buzzing in our pews, the electricity of raw gossip flitting around us like so many wings. We feed on it, spread it around like a honey that sticks.

Photo Story: Life in Movies

By Richard Edenfield
We liked to mash up the entire box of Junior Mints into one big ball. Make it into the Death Star and eat it like Jedi Knights.

Required Summer Reading

By Kimberly Tolson
My grandma kept her pocket paperback romance novels in the scary spare room on the second floor, directly to the right of the J-shaped staircase, the one we’d ride down on the old dishwasher box.

Calling Mom Home

By Elizabeth Boquet
I call my mom once a year, on the day she died. Five times I have pulled up “Mom Home” in my contacts. Five times I have pressed the phone icon.