BIOGRAPHY: Tyler Kline
"I keep playing the game / where I build a tower / higher & higher / until a boy looking up / can no longer / call it a tower / but a lighthouse"
POEM: Of Nothing
BIOGRAPHY: Michael Julian Arnett
"My aunt still calls me Mijo and says / gracias when I take out her trashcans / each Tuesday. She will not let me / respond with “You’re welcome”. / De nada, I always say."
BIOGRAPHY: Katie Darby Mullins
"I’m not really proud of what happened next, but understand, we were both under tremendous pressure—but I slapped her across the face. Hard. I had lip gloss and foundation on my palm when I pulled it back. “You listen to me,” I said. “When I was your age, I was working in a factory downtown. I was trying to figure out a way to get your mother to marry me. I did not work my whole life preparing for your arrival for you to throw it away now, do you understand me? I did not walk away from my flock for you to come this close and give up.”
FICTION: Visits to My Grandmother's
BIOGRAPHY: Gen Del Raye
"My grandmother says, if you’re watching your house burn down and you see a blue flame, check to see who it is that you’ve lost. Blue means a person is burning, and it’s good to start accepting that as soon as you can. Even bones burn blue, so even if you can’t look until later, when the flames are lower, you’ll know."
ESSAY: Between Tenses
BIOGRAPHY: Jamila Osman
"It starts with a police car in the driveway, shiny as the inside of a mouth. It starts before that with a bang, a spectacular collision. This is how the world ends: no Jesus descending the sky like a spider. It ends in a flash of light and the acrid smell of burning rubber."
ESSAY: Eating the Sun
BIOGRAPHY: Nathan Knapp
"What I miss most about the endless boredom of being incredibly young was my capacity to notice. I was free to laugh at the Cinnamon Roll Man because my worldview accepted him for what he was; he was the sum total of abstract absurdity exemplified in its most greasy, physical form. I didn’t denigrate him for being grotesque."
BIOGRAPHY: Miriam W. Karraker
"...I am opening new internet windows to look up minutia. are there actually 10,000 lakes in minnesota? when did sappho die? what does the gemini constellation look like? the stylized images of the twins as men or children imposed over points of light, their bodies floating above canis minor‒ are they looking at or away from one another? I take breaks, text people/friends: yes, but no; I’ll see you next week; I do not like seafood."