Vol. 3, Issue 23

“The coronavirus pandemic has inextricably influenced creative work this year – and likely for years to come. What I appreciated about the essay, fiction, and visual art in this issue is that they illustrated contagion in a way that resonates with our collective feelings toward the pandemic while more explicitly depicting the varied ways contagion presents itself. Contagion pertains to viral infections, but it also relates to how certain influences shape the world and our relationship to each other. And depending on our perspective, contagion might not be entirely negative.”

-D. W. McKinney, Issue 23 curator and TNSF Web Resident

Close | Fiction

Close | Fiction

The dream the man was having gave him the warm-fuzzies, the type of comfort that can only come from the things you love: a warm blanket, a favorite shirt or jeans, the feel of your child’s face between your hands. They were symbols of what was right in your world,...
Phantom Bite | Nonfiction

Phantom Bite | Nonfiction

I can’t tell you for sure if the bat bit me; it seems important to establish that up front. What I can tell you is that when I woke it was circling my head, letting out those high-pitched squeaking sounds reminiscent of a loose wheel on a shopping cart. It was dark,...
Pandemic Engulfment | Visual Art

Pandemic Engulfment | Visual Art

Pandemic Engulfment Acrylic on canvas, 14″ h x 11″w My current paintings explore appropriating elements from Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Color Field painting and Dream Work. It is my intent to empower the viewer’s mind, imagination and soul....