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Mistralismus by Dan Reiter

Dan Reiter

Dan Reiter is always working on something. His most recent offerings won The Florida Review Editor’s Award in fiction and Bartleby Snopes story of the month. A more bizarre piece is currently on display at Burrow Press Review. More of his sudden fiction is upcoming in Spork and other journals. He lives and dreams here:

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What the Father Would Have Said by Nancy Hightower

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Nancy Hightower’s work has appeared in storySouth, Word Riot, Gargoyle, Red Fez, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number Magazine and Big Muddy, and is forthcoming in A cappella Zoo. Her short story collection “Kinds of Leaving,” was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction, and Port Yonder press will publish her collection of poetry, The Acolyte. She currently reviews science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post<.

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On Witnessing by Tracie Renée Dawson


Tracie Dawson is a first year MFA student at The University of South Carolina and her poetry can be found in Rabbit Catastrophe Review.

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Moira by Gary Moshimer

Our hotel in Italy hung on a cliff. There were steep steps to the beach, the stone worn by generations. It made me shiver. We were there for a month; our father had a windfall. I was eleven, and my sister Ivy was thirteen.

The sky was deep blue and the water green and the tide pool clear but alive with all kinds of life in every color. The local boys and girls were brown with dark hair streaked with gold. Their skin seemed to sparkle, as if forever engrained with sand, and all of them were beautiful.

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Heads of the Line by Lori Schafer


Lori Schafer’s flash fiction, short stories, and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications, and she is currently at work on her third novel. Her memoir, On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness, is being released in October 2014. You can find out more about Lori and her forthcoming projects by visiting her website at

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Interior Design by Alaina Symanovich

We decide to name our daughters Lana and Kimiko. Lana will dance like you did, and Kimiko will run Cross Country like me. They both will write: Lana poetry, Kimiko fiction. We raise our eyebrows imagining what a handful Lana will be—poets, we tsk—and browse Lowes’ burnished nickel faucets, picturing them aflame with sunset instead of the whining fluorescents overhead. Through the window above the sample sink, I watch Lana pluck fireflies out of the sky, harvesting their light in apple-white palms. Kimiko dribbles a soccer ball barefoot, hair long and loose down her back. I joke that the kitchen

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No Whiskey at Your Republic by Hansang Lee


Hansang Lee is a native of Seoul, Korea, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He thinks he is working on a collection of short stories, or something of that sort.

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Haymaker by Brendan Steffen


Brendan Steffen lives in Oxford, MS where is a fiction candidate at the University of Mississippi MFA program. He is co-editor of the Yalobusha Review.

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SCHOOL by Melissa Goodrich

Listen to a reading of “SCHOOL by Melissa Goodrich.

All of the boys in school are breaking their hands. They come in with casts with two fingers and a thumb sticking out. It hurts to grip the computer mouse. It doesn’t hurt to fall asleep on the keyboard. All of the boys are right-handed. All of the boys have pierced mouths. On the break-room door I find the note: “I am taking today off because the air smells like perfume.” And below, in smaller print: “I am taking today off because suddenly I am aware of every nerve in my

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Motor Magic by Steven Murray

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Listen to a reading of “Motor Magic” by Steven Murray.

Because I wanted to believe that a man’s grasp of the deep mysteries of the internal combustion engine certified his command of the mysteries of maleness itself, I play-acted the role of the creator of those wheels, the individual who had somehow conjured it from a mass of metal on a garage floor in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The machine was a mask, a charmed exoskeleton that protected me from thoughts about my inadequacies; my voice an extension of its glass packs’ throaty roar. I never felt the equal of

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