The Laundress

In the year with no summer, the native women take to their fields in the nude. The missionaries protest and the Christian women are appalled, […]

The Loss of a Frequency

Cimone borrows a car for the drive to the airport, an old green Chevy that belongs to a friend, even though it has been more […]


Kate tells him that she wants a beer to bear her name so she might meet the lips of a thousand young men. Lev is […]

Fiction – Running Young

So it’s four hours to the border, then another three down to Ensenada, and freedom by sunrise. Right now, we’re just heading out of San […]

Fiction – The Rosebushes

Kyle threw his basketball in the air; on its way down it killed Mrs. Bryant stone dead. It was a clean wholesome April day, and […]


Not only was Jose the youngest in the history of the village to have gone to America, he was also the first to come back. […]

Back Page – Bad Apple

Dear Roberto, I think you knew this was coming. Don’t act like you haven’t let me know things aren’t going well. Even now as I […]

Skipping Stones on the Atlantic

Rain comes slowly to Waverly. Days pass without sunlight while puddles grow and swallow the streets. Boats can’t leave the harbor, so the downtown diners […]

We Are Somnambulists

Emily comes on a cloudless day, and her heart clenches on the stale-air plane with the vastness of it, and only a little panic. Flying […]

First place fiction: ‘Felix or Feelings’

When you don’t have a cat–no, when all you have to play with is a hammer, you name it. The first thing my brother Luis […]

Second place fiction: ‘Secondhand’

Rose Milch had the most popular table at the lawn sale that day, but she cheated with a plate of homemade banana bread and word […]