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My Sister Passes Me on a Bench at the Zoo

My Sister Passes Me on a Bench at the Zoo By Misty Urban   |  February 17, 2020
On a bench in the zoo a girl walks past me wearing my sister’s face—my sister’s smooth, pre-teen face, before acne, before irony, before the long humped shuffle of illness.

Picking Up Lint

Picking Up Lint By Mary Potter   |  February 10, 2020
My dad was an exacting man. When he ran a motor assembly plant in Belgium, he plastered the shop floor, break rooms, and bathrooms with signs that urge-warned in Flemish, WHAT YOU DO, DO IT RIGHT! At home he was equally demanding.

Make Present the Experience of the Other: Three Memoirs of Political Witness

Make Present the Experience of the Other: Three Memoirs of Political Witness By Glen Retief   |  February 9, 2020
Memoir has, of course, never carried the cachet of poetry. Yet like the poetry or fiction of witness, the outward-looking, politically engaged memoir and essay have a rich and respected literary pedigree, including slave narratives (the predominant form of African-American literature until the twentieth century); Mark Twain’s pamphlet about the genocide in the Congo Free State; James Baldwin’s and George Orwell’s searing dissections of racism and colonialism; Ivan Turgenev’s descriptions of Jean-Baptiste Tropmann’s execution; and Mary McCarthy’s brilliant denunciations of American Stalinism, to name just a few.

River Teeth Journal Issue 21.1

River Teeth Journal Issue 21.1 February 7, 2020
River Teeth Issue 21.1 features the writing of Jan Shoemaker, Sean Ironman, Lawrence Lenhart, Laurie Uttich, Leonard Winograd, Nicholas Dighiera, Molly Gallentine, Beth Ann Miller, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Susan H. Greenberg, and Noah Davis.

Eulogy for a Dog with Sad Eyes

Eulogy for a Dog with Sad Eyes By Margaret Emma Brandl   |  February 3, 2020
You were always underfoot, in fibers of the carpet, your big shape blocking doorways and chair-paths until you decided on your own where to go. You shook when there were fireworks, you barked when we got locked out, you smiled up at the camera...

Molly Gallentine

January 31, 2020
Molly Gallentine's nonfiction has appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fourth Genre, and The Normal School, and is forthcoming in The New England Review. Her work can also be found in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XLIII.
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Noah Davis

January 31, 2020
Noah Davis grew up in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and writes about the Allegheny Front.
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Nicholas Dighiera

January 31, 2020
Nick is a meat machine that is animated by electrical signals that originated from a fat computer that, subsequently, received its guidance from a melange of powerful chemicals necessary for survival amongst mammoths and short-faced bears.
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Susan H. Greenberg

January 31, 2020
Susan H. Greenberg is a journalist and essayist who teaches writing at Middlebury College. She spent 22 years at Newsweek magazine, and has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among others.
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Stephen D. Gutierrez

January 31, 2020
Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of Live from Fresno y Los, which won an American Book Award, and The Mexican Man in His Backyard.
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Editor's Notes 21.1

Editor's Notes 21.1 By Joe Mackall   |  January 31, 2020
The other day I had occasion to drive through a town named Red Haw, just a few miles from my home in rural Ohio. I live in a small community, but it’s a booming metropolis compared to Red Haw, a town of Trump re-election signs, a smattering of houses, a few barns, and a Methodist church. Red Haw is an easy place to ignore, and it’s an even easier place to think you know.
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Sean Ironman

January 31, 2020
Sean Ironman’s nonfiction and comics have appeared in Fourth Genre, Redivider, Nashville Review, and Salt Hill, among others.
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Lawrence Lenhart

January 31, 2020
Lawrence Lenhart studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is the author of The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage (Outpost19), Of No Ground: Small Island/Big Ocean Contingencies (West Virginia University Press), and a book-length essay bout the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret to the Colorado Plateau.
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Beth Ann Miller

January 31, 2020
Beth Ann Miller is an Assistant Professor in Humanities at New England College and Guest Fiction Editor at the Saranac Review. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals such as The Normal School, PANK, and The Northern New England Review.
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Jan Shoemaker

January 31, 2020
Jan Shoemaker is the author of the essay collection, Flesh and Stones: Field Notes from a Finite World, and the poetry collection, The Reliquary Earth.
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Laurie Uttich

January 31, 2020
Laurie Uttich's prose and poetry have been published in Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Rattle, The Missouri Review, Superstition Review, Sweet, and others.
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Leonard Winograd

January 31, 2020
You can find Leonard Winograd's work nowhere. He's the author of no books and while he's written plays, none has ever been professionally performed.
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Nails

Nails By Kristine Crane   |  January 27, 2020
My mother’s fingernails were sculpted and strong—not like salon nails, more like the backs of beetles. Every Saturday night she’d paint them for Mass the next day—usually deep red, her favorite color.

Atlantis

Atlantis By Angie Crea O'Neal   |  January 20, 2020
"Because, what if they don't turn out okay?" The question, posed by my 14-year old daughter, hung in the air as we drove past the park after school late one afternoon. I was talking about motherhood, and she matter-of-factly justified her plan...

Jasmine

Jasmine By Leah Christianson   |  January 13, 2020
He's outside, singing. On the record player, Sinatra spins. Next, it will be Pavarotti. Maybe a big-band soundtrack. Whatever the treasure, he will make a big show of dusting off and placing a needle upon before heading back to his garden.

Home to Roost

Home to Roost By Vivian Wagner   |  January 6, 2020
I liked the hens, with their kind eyes and soft, red feathers. I was seven, and I wanted to sleep with them, to nestle with them, because they felt like a dozen mothers, all watching out for me.

Michael Steinberg: A Remembrance and a Review

Michael Steinberg: A Remembrance and a Review By Thomas Larson   |  January 3, 2020
In December 2019, in a country torn apart by Donald Trump’s bullying and Fox News’ Pravda-like misinformation, in congressional hearings that traded in the ridiculous and the profound, in a democracy under such partisan assault it seemed to buckle before our eyes, and in the month of Trump’s impeachment, we were hit with grave news of another sort: creative nonfiction’s (and my) beloved colleague, mentor, and friend, Mike Steinberg, 79, died from pancreatic cancer, undiscovered until a week before he passed.
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Here. Look.

Here. Look. By Ona Gritz   |  December 30, 2019
My husband hadn't meant to render us in silhouette. He was a novice, the camera new and heavy in his hands. As we gazed out the window he didn't realize that by aiming toward it, into the sun, he'd cast us in shadow, erasing specifics.

Floodscape

Floodscape By Lauren Crandall   |  December 23, 2019
On a winter's sunny day, I can see the Minnesota River shimmering a quarter mile away--past the trail at the base of our hill, over the pond, beyond the meadow, between the walnut trees. Come spring, there is imbalance--too much snow...

Woods Cove

Woods Cove By Cynthia Belmont   |  December 16, 2019
My younger sister who is dead of cancer now is returning to the tide pools soon because I'm going to bring her. I'm going to put her back, or something meaning her, which is a palmful of calcium phosphate and sodium, powdery ash...

It Happened in Brooklyn

It Happened in Brooklyn By Alena Dillon   |  December 9, 2019
They fell in love back when Brooklyn had trolley cards. He taped her photograph to the inside of his military locker. When the war ended...

Stray

Stray By Rebecca Lanning   |  December 2, 2019
She was over dogs when one appeared by their table at a beachside cafe. Strays roamed everywhere in Nosara, breedless, leashless wonders. This one had some pit bull and Corgi. Her husband thought hound. Pointy ears, long snout...

Feral Youth, Fast Cars, and Fraught Love

Feral Youth, Fast Cars, and Fraught Love By Brandel France de Bravo   |  December 2, 2019
While billed as a memoir, Knock Wood, winner of the 2018 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize, is more akin to a theme-and-variations composition: Think love-child of early Bruce Springsteen and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. An acclaimed poet, Militello tells her story in twenty-nine discrete essays that mostly eschew chronology.
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Offering

Offering By Janet Pocorobba   |  November 25, 2019
Just twelve people. People I didn’t know from Adam. I could have refused. Could've shaken my head and deferred to any one of them. Inside me, I felt a squeezing in my chest.

Home

Home By Susan Pope   |  November 18, 2019
It was just a gray concrete shell, wrapped with chain link fence. A dream home, unfinished, left to sun, dust, and rain. Around it, pastel mansions with swimming pools, iron gates, and razor wire.

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