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She’s in a smoky log cabin trying to breathe. Smoke stings her eyes into slits and pinches her throat closed.

She is pressed everywhere by people and dogs and smoke and the smell of urine and sweat. . .

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The day had come to die proper. You mightn’t think life had nothing more to offer a 35-year-old Joe Harper,

but then again you mightn’t have abandoned all your kin and returned home ten years on. . .

Read an excerpt from The Adventures of Joe Harper by Phong Nguyen


I see a universe animated by appetite. All history the story of hunger.

For sustenance, shelter, and sex. The hunger for power and love. . .

Read an excerpt from On Heights & Hunger by Josh MacIvor-Andersen


Back before she got really sick, Aunt Beth said she was going to haunt me someday.

Later, after her face turned moony, her movements slow, and her words edged like the little serrations on a butter knife, . . .

Read an excerpt from Following Disasters by Nancy McCabe


Sheri pushes her lips into a pout, reveling in the feel of the satiny layers of Miami Samba coating her lips

She says it aloud, Miami Samba, loving the smooth, waxy taste. . .

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For the first twelve years of my life they called me Larry.

And then, one day, they started calling me Dogsucker.

Read an excerpt from The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage by Lawrence Lenhart


Even after watching Vertigo fifty-plus times, I have no mental picture of him.

Why is Stewart chasing this man? We will never know.

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There is no great sense of loss for those with limited expectations.

Inspired by the lives and careers Cardinal Francis Spellman and Cardinal Richard Cushing.

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Bradley dresses like a child, and appears a child, against that sea of shirtsleeves and ties.

But like anything on a sea, he floats, he is above.

Read an excerpt from Adherence: A Romance by Ben Nickol


These people who think they are something, they are really not.

They come and go wrapped like gypsies at a carnival, sounding like artists, smelling of mildew. I can’t take them anymore.

Read an excerpt from Welcome to Christiania by Fred Leebron


I wake up to check my computer to see if I have posted anything I am now embarrassed by so I can delete it.

I get distracted by other things.

Read an excerpt from IRL by Timmy Reed



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