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December 2015 Issue | Word Riot
Issues | December 16, 2015

December 2015 Issue

FLASH FICTION What We by Vanessa Cuti Snow Cranes by Kenneth Duffy A Guide to Wioskasłomy by David Galef Bike Heaven by Steven Grassel The Rise and Fall of Reme by Andrew Gretes Hanged Man by Amit Majmudar

EXPERIMENTAL Cats by Amy Fusselman Why Do We Return, Why Do We Stay? by Brittany Harmon

SHORT STORIES Hiring Process by Stephen M. Dickey

POETRY Looking for Mushrooms by Dason Anderson Two Poems by Paul Asta Two Poems by Rebecca Bornstein Have Fun on Your Road Trip through the End of the World with this Complimentary Map by Su Cho from FAKE

Poetry | December 16, 2015

Two Poems by Marlin Jenkins

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and is a poetry student in University of Michigan’s MFA program. His writings have been given homes by The Journal, Yemassee, The Puritan, and CURA, among others. You can find him online at and @Marlin_Poet.

Poetry | December 16, 2015

Two Poems by Matthew Gellman

Matthew Gellman is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. His work is featured or forthcoming in Gravel, DIALOGIST, Lambda Literary’s Poetry Spotlight, Poetry Quarterly and Two Peach, among other publications.

Poetry | December 16, 2015


Zoe Dzunko is the author of four chapbooks, most recently SELFLESS (TAR, 2016) and is a doctoral student in Creative Writing at Deakin University. She is the Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow and in 2014 she founded Powder Keg Magazine, an online poetry quarterly, with Sarah Jean Grimm. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House (The Open Bar), Guernica, Prelude, Twelfth House et al. She is online at:

Poetry | December 16, 2015

Have Fun on Your Road Trip through the End of the World with this Complimentary Map by Su Cho

Su Cho is currently an IU MFA Candidate in Poetry and serves as the Associate Editor at Indiana Review. She has received her BA in English, Creative Writing, and Psychology from Emory University, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Star 82 Review, Sugaredwater, and Crab Ochard Review.

Poetry | December 16, 2015

Two Poems by Rebecca Bornstein

Rebecca Bornstein holds an MFA from North Carolina State University. Her work appears in Yellow Chair Review, Hobart, Banango Street, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Poetry | December 16, 2015

Two Poems by Paul Asta

Paul Asta is an M.F.A. Candidate in Poetry at Indiana University Bloomington. He was born in South Korea and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. He earned his B.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is a recipient of awards from the National Society of Arts & Letters, the Academy of American Poets, and the Vermont Studio Center. His work can be found or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Hobart, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, and the New Flash Fiction Review.

Poetry | December 16, 2015

Looking for Mushrooms by Dason Anderson

Dason Anderson (b. 1990) is sometimes a poet. He currently resides in Bloomington, IN, where he nearly failed French class in college. He has been published in Word Riot, Beatdom, and the zines EGGS, Midwest Trash, and Having A Whiskey Coke With You.

Creative Nonfiction | December 16, 2015

Eggs by Ashley Tobin

Ashley Tobin is a writer living in New Jersey. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Creative Nonfiction | December 16, 2015

Call Girl by Hannah Sward

Hannah Sward has work forthcoming in Anthology of the Mad Ones 2016. Her writing has appeared in Rozyln: Anthology of Women Writers (2015 Issue), Erotic Review, Hypertext, Alimentum, Other Voices (Canada), and Milk Magazine, among others. She has completed a collection of linking short stories, Queenie Goes to Bosnia and Other Stories and is currently finishing her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles.

Creative Nonfiction | December 16, 2015

How to Read This Essay by Kathryn Petruccelli

I currently live in western Massachusetts with my husband and two boys, while pining every day for an ocean – preferably the Pacific. I hold a degree in teaching English to Speakers of other languages from the Monterey Institute. My poetry has appeared in places such as Enizagam, red wheelbarrow and My book reviews and audio interviews with literary figures such as Gish Jen, Nikki Giovanni, Isabel Allende and others have appeared in the past on KUSP radio 88.9FM Santa Cruz and

Creative Nonfiction | December 16, 2015

Reduced by Annalise Mabe

Annalise Mabe is completing an MFA at the University of South Florida, where she writes poetry and nonfiction. Her work has been featured in The Offing, Animal, Hobart and was nominated by The Boiler for a Pushcart Prize. She reads poetry for Sweet: A Literary Confection and is a poetry editor at Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. She lives in Tampa, Florida, where she teaches composition and creative writing at USF.

Creative Nonfiction | December 16, 2015

The Alley by Elisa Jay

Elisa Jay recently moved to LA from Chicago, where she received a degree in English Literature. The move to the mountains and ocean has revived her happy love of words. She has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine and 100word story, and can also be found in upcoming issues of Zest and *82. Follow her explorations on Instagram @e_letters.

Creative Nonfiction | December 16, 2015

Unguarded by Melanie Brooks

Melanie Brooks lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two children, and yellow Lab. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. She teaches college writing in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Her almost-completed memoir explores the devastating impact of living with the ten-year secret of her father’s HIV disease before his death in 1995. During this memoir-writing journey, she connected with contemporary memoirists to unpack how they survived writing through their difficult stories. These candid conversations comprise her forthcoming book with Beacon Press, Writing Hard Stories. Her work has also appeared in Hippocampus, Modern Loss, Solstice Literary Magazine, The Recollectors and The Stonecoast Review. Connect with Melanie at:

Experimental | December 15, 2015

Why Do We Return, Why Do We Stay? by Brittany Harmon

I am a writer and graduate student living in Connecticut. My work has previously been published in The Philadelphia Review of Books, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, and Sundog Lit.