“Assembly Heart” by Laura Valeri

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   The girl kept her heart in a purple velvet box by her bedside. Every morning, she removed her heart from a latch under her ribcage, her hand reaching up into the damp warm mucus of her insides. Her long, thin fingers, like spider legs,...

“Hands” by Sam Martone

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   Hands” is excerpted from a fictionalized memoir in the form of a video game player’s guide, a kind of manual instructing you how to play. Like in many games, as in the real world, there are clear choices you must make, but the consequence...

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....

“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...

“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...