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Footfalls

Footfalls By Andrea Marcusa   |  September 16, 2019
On the plane home, out the window, all I see is empty sky. As a girl, when talk of dying arose, I always gazed up to where I am now, drifting past the tops of snowy clouds.

Sneakers in Sand (repeat)

Sneakers in Sand (repeat) By Dina Relles   |  September 9, 2019
The baby's shoes were nowhere. That morning was spent in the chaotic swirl of cleaning and packing the vacation house

One Word Says It All

One Word Says It All By Jenna McGuiggan   |  September 7, 2019
Where—or what—is your hearth of hearths? Where is the place you feel most alive or connected? What is the thing that reminds you who you are and to what (or whom) you belong? In all the world, what do you call home? These are some of the questions that Annick Smith and Susan O’Connor pondered as they edited Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place.
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Ritual (repeat)

Ritual (repeat) By Kelly Morse   |  September 2, 2019
Most nights I nurse my four-month-old daughter to sleep. The internet connection is terrible in our bedroom, the light thrown by the little green glass lamp not enough to read by, so I end up sitting in the semi-dark, looking across the bed to the window, or down upon the face of my baby in her steady, drowsy pleasure.

Mars and a Reflection of Mars (repeat)

Mars and a Reflection of Mars (repeat) By Carolee Bennett   |  August 26, 2019
"There are two red planets tonight," I say. And you reply, "What a brave universe." And I feel brave. Two 30-lb packs hang near the tent we pitched just before it got dark enough to need headlamps. It’s Night One of this backpacking trip.

The End of the Movie (repeat)

The End of the Movie (repeat) By Christopher Bundy   |  August 19, 2019
Today: summer afternoon on the front porch as thunderheads grow over the top of a giant oak. In the yard you perform perfect cartwheels, your legs long and straight in the air.

Bare, Naked (repeat)

Bare, Naked (repeat) By Andrea Fisk Rotterman   |  August 12, 2019
Rain falls, dimpling puddles. I kick off my clogs. My toenails shine like sparkling pumpkin peel. I slide my underwear and jeans down my legs, unsnap my bra, pull my sweatshirt over my head, lay my folded clothes on my shoes.

River Teeth Journal Issue 20.2

River Teeth Journal Issue 20.2 August 9, 2019
Featuring the writing of Rachel Weaver, Jeff Gundy, EmmaJean Holley, Anne McGrath, J. David Stevens, Jill Talbot, Sam Pickering, Evan Reibsome, E. J. Myers, Elizabeth Miki Brina, Rosanna N. Henderson, Chris Siteman, and Fleda Brown.
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The Teacups (repeat)

The Teacups (repeat) By Pamela Rothbard   |  August 5, 2019
At the boardwalk, everything is past its prime: sweating hot dogs, mashed bags of cotton candy, melting ice cream. The workers move by rote--lifting and lowering the gate, pulling up on harnesses, scanning tickets. I slump in line.

Shapes Shifted, Senses Altered, Values Freely Wheeled

Shapes Shifted, Senses Altered, Values Freely Wheeled By Thomas Larson   |  August 2, 2019
There may be no more startling way to bait readers into an essay than this: “Is there a word for the unsettling sensation of sitting down on an unexpectedly warm toilet seat, because someone used it just before you and sat there for a good long while? Maybe something in German?” The author titles it: “FREUDENSCHANDE: PRIV(AC)Y,” that is “joyful-shame.” Using wilder “made-up” German compounds as section titles, she compares the “bowel mover” in the “public privy” to the commodious confessions of personal nonfiction, the emotional “shitshow” so many memoirists and essayists insist readers must sit with.
Keywords: book review

Playboy (repeat)

Playboy (repeat) By Steven Harvey   |  July 29, 2019
When my mother caught Chris and me looking at Playboy, we knew we were in trouble, but to my surprise she did not get angry. She took me into the house and pulled out the large glossy art books with paintings by the Impressionists.

Stand Up Tall

Stand Up Tall By Allen M. Price   |  July 22, 2019
My father turns his head, puts me on the floor, opens the screen, and walks out the back door. Just the silhouette of the bare trees shadowing night's sky is all I can see. I stand there for long minutes listening as night whispers peace.

Elizabeth Miki Brina

July 20, 2019
Elizabeth Miki Brina is a writer of literary nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus, Hyphen, New Delta Review, and Under the Gum Tree, among others. Her first book, a memoir, is under contract with Knopf.
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Jeff Gundy

July 20, 2019
Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, is just out from Bottom Dog Press. Recent essays and poems are in Cincinnati Review, Artful Dodge, and Terrain.
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Sam Pickering

July 20, 2019
Sam Pickering grew up in Tennessee and has spent the past fifty years in New England, where he taught English at the University of Connecticut. He has written some thirty books and hundreds of articles entertaining himself and the occasional general reader.
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EmmaJean Holley

July 20, 2019
EmmaJean Holley is an MFA candidate in nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in Columbia Journal, among other places.
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Anne McGrath

July 20, 2019
Anne McGrath’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ruminate, Lunch Ticket, Brevity Blog, and other publications. Her audio stories have aired on National Public Radio, the Brevity Podcast, and Petrichor Audio Magazine.
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E. J. Myers

July 20, 2019
E. J. Myers was born in Denver and raised in Colorado, Mexico, and Peru. He has worked in a wide variety of professions and trades, including inpatient health care, emergency medical services, carpentry, cabinetmaking, and freelance writing.
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Evan Reibsome

July 20, 2019
Evan Reibsome is a veteran of the Iraq War, an Assistant Professor of American literature at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and the Director of the Veterans Empathy Project.
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Chris Siteman

July 20, 2019
Chris Siteman lives in Massachusetts. He teaches in the English departments at Suffolk University and Bridgewater State University. His chapbook, PART X of ME, is forthcoming from Pen & Anvil Press.
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J. David Stevens

July 20, 2019
J. David Stevens teaches English at the University of Richmond. Recent essays appear or are forthcoming in Post Road, Sonora Review, and The Gettysburg Review. His most recent book is I and You, a story collection from Arc Pair Press.
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Jill Talbot

July 20, 2019
Jill Talbot is the author of The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir (Soft Skull, 2015) and the editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction (Iowa, 2012). Her essays have appeared in AGNI, Brevity, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Longreads, The Normal School, Paris Review Daily, and Slice Magazine, among others.
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Fleda Brown

July 20, 2019
Fleda Brown’s collection of essays with Sydney Lea, Growing Old in Poetry (Green Writers Press), came out in 2018. The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2017. Her eighth collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy (BOA Editions, Ltd.) came out in 2013. Her memoir is Driving With Dvorak (University of Nebraska Press, 2010).
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Rosanna N. Henderson

July 20, 2019
Rosanna N. Henderson’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Salt Hill, Fourth Genre, and West Branch. She grew up in both Virginias and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Rachel Weaver

July 20, 2019
Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction, which Oprah Magazine named a Top Ten Book to Pick Up Now. Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a Top Ten Debut for Spring 2014 and won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction.
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Those Days

Those Days By Nikki Hardin   |  July 15, 2019
In 1976, when you were still alive, I wrecked my car on 14th Street in D.C. on our first date.

Rocks

Rocks By Emily James   |  July 8, 2019
Gravel dots her fingertips, her knees, the edges of her yellow dress. She runs along the parked RV, the sun hanging low above its roof. She bends and picks up a pebble; it stretches along the small of her hands. Her arm cocks back as she eyes me, smiles.

Grounded and Discomfited: Women in the West

Grounded and Discomfited: Women in the West  By Ana Maria Spagna   |  July 2, 2019
Visit Whitman Mission National Historic Site outside of Walla Walla, Washington, on a fall day, and you see golden rolling hills against rich blue sky. Bright clouds float toward flat-topped ridges lined with windmills. The scenery stretches spacious and bucolic and belies the bloody past. Here, on November 29, 1847, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, a doctor and his missionary wife, and eleven others were famously massacred. Five Cayuse Indian men were accused of the crime and hanged. News of the violence caused legislators in Washington D.C. to give the territory an official name, Oregon, and to assign a provisional governor who immediately declared war on the Cayuse Nation. In I Am a Stranger Here Myself, winner of the 2017 River Teeth book prize, Debra Gwartney revisits this history.
Keywords: book review

His Pockets (repeat)

His Pockets (repeat) By Deborah Nedelman   |  July 1, 2019
At four he is an earnest collector. He keeps his secrets in his pockets and leaves them for me in the laundry basket. As I unroll the cuffs of his too-long-yet pants, sand dribbles out, a clump of mud caking the cloth. Even if all is quiet, I remain cautious.

Lightening Up (repeat)

Lightening Up (repeat) By Laurie Granieri   |  June 24, 2019
My brother and I grab hold of dangling metal chains fastened to schoolyard swings in this expanse of crabgrass, red dirt, goalposts, and hard bleachers, where he'd slapped the face of the sky with baseballs all those years ago, where I'd ducked every flying thing....

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