“The Missing Link” by McKenzie Caldwell

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   A person can only sit in her car for so long before the frigid November air sneaks in and tries to leach off her body heat. I looked at the small neon sign blaring Stone Tavern through the window, and then back at the front door, which...

“Freedom Dance” by M. K. Narváez

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   I never felt as old as I did between the ages of twenty-seven and twenty-nine. Unhappily married, I was packing twenty extra pounds on my petite frame, wore shapeless hand-me-downs, and hid behind unflattering glasses. I was five years...

“Ace in the Hole” by Jon Epstein

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   This piece is a continuation of Jon Epstein’s essay, “Shoving,” which appeared in Issue 15 of the Quarterly. * It was my first run. Inside me, I’d shoved 70 grams of the raciest Colombian coke three mom-and-pop,...

Author Spotlight: Tyrese Coleman

Truth and Truth-Adjacent: Excerpt, Review, and Interview with Fluid Prose Writer, Tyrese Coleman By Nicole Schmidt Tyrese Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, and attorney. She is also the fiction editor for District Lit, and an associated editor at SmokeLong Quarterly....

“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...