“Benny’s Bed” by Kate Wisel

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   It’s the last day of school and I’m still acting like everything is normal. Benny, five days dead. I walk home from the bus, the sidewalk full of bright leaves and soy sauce wrappers that scatter when I kick them. Benny’s dead and I empty my...

Culture Rant: Issue 15 / Fall 2018

Medusa and Me: Twenty-Five Years of Female Rage Written by Mary Valentis and Phill Arensberg For 25 or more years Mary Valentis and her son Phill Arensberg have been carrying on a cross-country conversation, sometimes fiery, about culture, gender, race, rage, and the...

“Rain Carcinoma” by Cristina Bresser de Campos

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   My fair skin suffers from excessive sun. I extracted the first crab clinging to my dermis when I was nineteen and the word cancer was uglier than the words fuck, cunt, wanker, or motherfucker. Nobody wanted to tell me the result of the biopsy,...

SFWP Celebrates 20 Years: Part 4

Part 4: Peace By Andrew Gifford   I have left my day job behind. When I started SFWP, I was working several jobs. Night shifts, weekends, holidays. While everyone else was opening presents on Christmas morning, I was in a warehouse in Landover, MD editing Associated...

“Grandmother’s Gifts” by Valerie Kinsey

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   Grandpeg—that’s what we grandkids all call her—gave us gifts every time we drove the two hours to her house for a visit. Upon arrival, my brother and I would run to our beds, throw down our backpacks, and open presents wrapped in her...

“Even Demons Believe in God” by Ginny Fite

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   We are elbow deep in the dark, loamy soil we made from our own compost. I used to think getting dirt under my nails was good for me, that the energy radiating from the center of the earth would balance me. Now, I’m not sure of anything,...