“Across the Border” by Julie Owsik Ackerman

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   Saturday afternoon, I stood in the bedroom I shared with Dulce, my shy, thirteen-year-old host sister. A short towel wrapped me from armpits to thighs, my hair dripped down my shoulders and back, and leather chanclas protected my feet...

“Love in the Archives” by Eileen Vorbach Collins

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   She painted with tempera on the kitchen floor, an old roll-up window shade soaking up the excess. Painted with confidence and abandon. Here a dragon, there a mermaid, recognizable to her alone. Graduated to an easel and drippy paints that...

“The Decision” by Geraldine Birch

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   The elevator comes and goes, comes and goes. I stand in a stupor, oblivious to the whooshing of doors opening and closing. Mundane functions like getting into an elevator seem irrevocably unimportant while my thoughts jump radically...

“I Know” by Laura Fletcher

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   It was a fine, large-windowed restaurant she led him into, their heads already a little light from the martinis at the first bar. She wore a dress that brushed just the top of her knees and fit pleasingly over the parts of her body that...

Life Goes On

By Roberto Loiederman (Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment of this serialized story. Read parts one and two.)   April, 1968 – At sea, approaching San Francisco Bay We’d been at sea for more than three weeks and I had a bad case of channel...