Stories

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

No Guarantees

No Guarantees

**TW: mentions of violence against LGBTQ people and people of color**   Rodney held the papers up to his face next to the bulb dangling above the kitchen table to read the fine points of terminating parental rights and responsibilities. In the murky glow, his sculpted...
Saturday

Saturday

Madrigal has lost an earring, five carats of genuine imperial golden topaz, inherited from her great-grandmother, a Russian princess who smuggled her jewelry out of Moscow when she fled the Bolsheviks. Very well hidden, Madrigal says. Hidden where? everyone wants to...
Cuss Words

Cuss Words

Alabama summers were a physical thing, heat and humidity so unrelenting that most folks would’ve cussed it if they’d had the energy. On the hottest days, it was best just to pull the curtains closed, stand in front of an air conditioning vent and sip on sweet tea. But...
Consorts

Consorts

**TW: self-harm mention** We’re cross-legged on Angel’s bed, her last four phones spread out in front of us. She tells her mother that her latest stopped working and she gets a new one. I’m at least three models behind her. I pick up her iPhone 6....
Manny DuBois

Manny DuBois

When he was in nursing school at the junior college, Raleigh Brisbane got a ventriloquist dummy. She wore a red sequin dress with a platinum blonde wig. Raleigh liked to tell people he adopted Miss Twinkles and gave her a loving home, and this was true since she had...