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Lessons in Negative Space

By Sara Hills

1. It’s always night when they wheel us girls in, gowned on gurneys. Underground. They pull their masks up and…

A Mouthful of Posies

By Shyla Jones

Every summer, my flower collection expands with my lungs. I gather them before the solstice, because my mother always told…

Bit by Bit

By Minyoung Lee

There was once a girl who’d text a boy: I caught a dream on my way home last night.  And…

Suburban Flight

By Sabrina Hicks

Suburban Flight In her bedroom, she places her voice in the music box given to her at a young age…

Solitaire

By Myna Chang

May 18, 1973 Sedan, New Mexico Smoke hugs the flare of Momma’s nostrils. “Why don’t you ever follow the rules?”…

The Taxidermist and the Baker

By Molly Reid

The baker’s skin, burnished from the heat of very hot ovens, is soft but taut. The taxidermist likes to pretend…

With a Glistening Rush

By Ruth LeFaive

Five of us dodge the storm in Tammy DeLuca’s bedroom, even Kevin, who stays dressed. One at a time, we…

GAVIN AND MERLE ARE ENGAGED IN A TURF WAR

By Tucker Leighty-Phillips

over the parking lot of Aldi’s. They bustle to snag unattended shopping carts, return them to the carousel, accept the…

Fire

By Thaisa Frank

I’m in Flamineo’s trailer when we hear the ringmaster yelling that the fire-eater left to marry his high school sweetheart. …

The Eighth Silo

By Kathryn Phelan

The sugar beet factory across the street from my house exploded when I was eight. It flamed out in a…

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