childhood

Elliot LeGrange | Interview

Elliot LeGrange | Interview

Elliot LeGrange Elliot LeGrange, an MFA candidate at SIUC, is the granddaughter of a mortician and was raised in a household where death was dinner table conversation. She has published in such places as Schlock!, Aphotic Realm, Lonesome October Lit, Mystic Blue...
You Can (Never) Go Back | Book Review

You Can (Never) Go Back | Book Review

Down on the Sidewalk: Stories About Children and Childhood from the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction Edited by Ethan Laughman ISBN: 9-780-8203-5762-1 University of Georgia Press, March 1, 2020 254 pages, $24.95 At no point is there a question of quality when...
Counters | Fiction

Counters | Fiction

Our reward for finishing chores are in dinged up plastic cases from the library. The movies star talking dogs, rarely dinosaurs. They have funny white lesbians instead of Jim Carey or Eddie Murphy. We’ll watch the other movies at friends’ houses later....
fire teaches best | Poetry

fire teaches best | Poetry

—a haibun after supper she sends us out to play in the yard & get our ya-yas out, one last hurrah of dirty bare feet & stinky little girl before bathtime, then storytime, then bedtime. Sissy & I had drippy popsicles & we ran to the farthest edge of the...
Somewhat A Woman | Nonfiction

Somewhat A Woman | Nonfiction

To Have Children or Not to Have Children? I have many memories etched into my brain about growing up as a girl in the rural South. My best friends and I had sleepovers creating intricate setups revolving around limp baby dolls—as helpless as real babies. At my...