Jasmine & Burnt Hot Dogs by Nathaniel McKowen

That insatiable beast within me—that has no name except emptiness, or need, or perhaps longing, since that sounds more romantic—feasted on my guts and…

January 3, 1999 by Dale Russell

I look at my watch: twenty-two forty-seven. Placing the Newsweek magazine back on the shelf, I align it with the others and look…

Garfield Park, Indianapolis, 1979 by Dale Russell

“I want to break up.”…

Birthday by Brian Maddock

Sophie watched fourteen flames nibble at dollar-store candle wicks and felt numb. Her fingers traced dried ketchup smears near the table’s edge as…

Seventeen Days in Baja with Richard Shelton and I Still Don’t Know Dick by Ken Lamberton

On 4th of April it begins with getting lost. “Just head south,” Richard Shelton advises after we cross into Tijuana and end up heading…

Physics for Dummies by James Rogers

My bike. A Schwinn Paperboy Special. Solid steel construction. Designed to carry a hundred pounds of newspapers besides a rider, it takes abuse like…

Stand By for Court by Jesse Gonzales

My heart pounds and sweat trickles down my forehead. Today is the day I have dreaded for the past year. My sentencing. I get…

The Daily Grime by Charles A. Farris

Morning sun creeps across the pillow, slaps my face. I wince as its glare pries my eyes open. I groan and slip from sheets…

Leap of Faith by Steven P. Arthur

“Who’s going to jump first?” Denise asked us.…

If I’d Only Known: A Letter to My Younger Self by Steven P. Arthur

You’re not going to like what I’m writing to you, as a matter of fact you will hate it, but these are things you…
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