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October 13, 2018

Scholars claim that the intangible aspects of our experiences in life are identical to those of our ancestors. I’m not so certain. Sitting in an empty hotel room, waiting for the identity-thief with everything that I have ever accomplished liquefied into cash, I have t...

Did you pick up the conchas that I asked for?” Filomena hollered to her sister over the noise of the television.

“Turn off that shit. Dr. Alexander is a eugenicist D Corp shill.” Luce said, tossing the conchas on Filomena’s lap.

“This episode’s about the,” Filomena dra...

October 13, 2018

In his final flash of freedom, Henry Mullins saved the life of his three year-old niece, Caroline. A little-known fact about Parkinson’s is that rarely—and for only a moment—the pressures of life can make the disease disappear.   

Over eight years Henry's body had...

October 13, 2018

“Can I tell you my story?”

She was nearing sixty years old, with graying, shoulder length hair. She had sad, but friendly, eyes. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, that she was on my side, but I had a nagging feeling that she wasn’t.

Before she approached m...

October 12, 2018

Chanlina waited until nighttime to take the files. She had worked late, staying behind after the others had left the office. This would not attract attention—she frequently worked into the evening, as Mr. Yi’s bad health meant she had to do more for him. (Also, working...

October 12, 2018

Anie’s Friday shift was going well. It was 7 AM and her patrons had consisted mostly of old men who sat in the corner drinking coffee and spreading local gossip. They were content with fresh coffee every 20 minutes and a smile. So, when Mauricio walked in the door, she...

October 22, 2017

EXT. ABORTION FACILITY – DAY

A beautiful spring day.

A sign on a building reads: “Choice Clinic for Women.”

A 25-year-old biracial woman stands alone on the sidewalk. This is MAYA SONDER, best known for putting others first. She is petite, a late bloomer, with vibrant tea...

October 22, 2017

The air is thick like honey. On my knees in front of my sleeping father, I dream of the park and the shade of trees and the sound of both a fly in my ear and the subway beneath my feet. Sweating, I get up and follow the fan as it moves side to side across the room. The...

October 22, 2017

for preventing the infirm, feeble-minded, and poverty-stricken from being a burden on their kinsmen or their country, in keeping with the philosophical ideology of the most progressive of the political factions.

It is a melancholy object to those who are witness to the...

October 22, 2017

Author's Note: Megan's Spring was written as a reflection on the choices the elderly and the vulnerable may feel pressured into making. I wanted to show how a person who is so full of life, despite her advancing years, could feel as though all her choices are taken fro...

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When others drove with their headlights on

and tied yellow ribbons onto trees

we wore black and walked to school.

When torches lit, and oil fields bur...

1st Place: Inside the Beast

October 13, 2018

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