TENSE MATTERS by Chelsea Owens

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The Past My brother, Justin, died in June 2022. The exact date, cause, and time were a mystery. The coroner said “when they cut him open” he had upper and lower GI bleeds, severe cirrhosis...

THE COUNTING OF LITTLE BIRD by Deena Goldstein

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The Counting of Little Bird, by Deena Goldstein (excerpt, from OK, Little Bird) After two months of observing the pandemic visitation restrictions, I learn I’m able to visit my father through the screen of his...

A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK by Samira Seifi

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I had hardly lured myself into getting out of the house that day. It seemed all too difficult, and having a doorman did not help. It was just adding to my anxiety of getting...

THE FOUR OF US LOST THE STREET by Hellen Albuquerque

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Nós quatro perdemos a rua Por Hellen Albuquerque Quando eu tinha 11 anos, me mudei de escola. Novo uniforme, agora azul escuro com listras amarelas laterais que me faziam parecer parte oficial dos Correios. Novos nomes...

THE ANATOMY OF HOPE by Ananya Anand

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A defeated sigh, an apologetic letter, those goodbyes that are merely just a promise of our paths crossing again someday, the quiet gasp of the one who manages to narrowly escape from the jaws...

SACRIFICE: A DOCTOR’S STORY by Seth Guterman

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I was a new doctor in 1997 when one of my patients suffered severe swelling in the throat after being given medicine in the emergency room at the hospital. I tried unsuccessfully to place...

NAMES, NAMES, NAMES by Jae-Hyun (Jesse) Cho

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On my first day of school in second grade, Mr. Sharp asked my mother, Mrs. Kim, to come inside his classroom to ask if she had any questions. My mother shook her head no,...

THE STORY OF THE STORYTELLERS by Richard Owen Collins

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This is the kind of thing I would normally put in a fictional story I’m writing as part of a character’s opinion. It’s like I’m protecting myself that way. Because the thing is I have...

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: LOST AND FOUND by Anu Kumar

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My first encounter with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was an old Dean and Son edition from 1950. It's sharp-edged hardbound cover, glazed and awash with colors, showed a man in a long frock...

HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FIRST JOB by Ella Mear

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What time is it? I pull out my phone and look at the time. 10:30?! It’s Friday, and we have been closed for two and a half hours! Why is it taking so long?...