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Writer of the Month

FICTION
And On the Memory of Your Tastebuds, They Are All Umami
Allie Marini
Writer of the Month

You are slicing bell peppers into ribbons when your man tells you that moving in together was a mistake. Next to the cutting board, you’ve measured out a thimble of hot pepper flakes, and the shrimp are shelled and deveined, cooling in the fridge until you’ve finished the rest of the prep. He asks if you heard what he just said. You keep slicing the pepper meticulously; you are proud of this one dish—shrimp fra diavolo—that you make well.  

SHORT STORY
Beer Mile
Sarah Szabo
Writer of the Month

SHORT STORY<br>Beer Mile<br>Sarah Szabo<br>Writer of the Month

"Beer Mile" combines exercise, competition and beer. What could possibly go wrong? Find out in this short story by our Writer of the Month, Sarah Szabo.

So they began the regimen, cramming what they could into two long, grueling months of prep. The goal was learning how to run plowed, keeping the booze down. He’d had years of practice running, good form, and the genetics of a true rake in him. All there was to do was get used to the feeling of running a full sprint while a liter and a half of cold beer wreaked havoc in his gut—to make it as close to second nature as they could. 

 

SHORT STORY
Fit of Inspiration
Sarah Szabo
Writer of the Month

SHORT STORY<br>Fit of Inspiration<br>Sarah Szabo<br>Writer of the Month

"Fit of Inspiration" by Sarah Szabo, our writer of the month, is a short story about a man who is having a day where nothing is going his way. It all starts when someone tears out half of the last page. 

Karl bit his lip, set down the book. Last page torn out of the sturdy binding. How shitty. Some awful rube must've needed to scribble a phone number and panicked, or just hated the ending enough to damn it to the void. Or maybe they were just sadistic. One crucial page gone and the whole story's ruined.

SHORT STORY
Fair
by Lise Quintana
Writer of the Month

SHORT STORY<br>Fair<br>by Lise Quintana<br>Writer of the Month

Lise Quintana, our Writer of the Month for February 2016, leaves us with a story you'll never forget: the funny, disturbing, haunting "Fair". 

“I think that what you have is an infestation of fairies.”

I waited for the smirk – for the “gotcha” that I was sure was coming, but she continued to stare at me with a serious expression. 

SHORT STORY
Mummy (baby)
by Lise Quintana
Writer of the Month

SHORT STORY<br>Mummy (baby)<br>by Lise Quintana<br>Writer of the Month

Lise Quintana, our Writer of the Month, with the horrifying, symbolic, and surprising  short story "Mummy (baby)". 

Bella rubbed her fingertips over Maggie’s inner arm, and Maggie could feel a little ragged nail edge scratching her. She took the child’s hand, found the offender, and bit it off. She held the little grain of nail between her teeth and realized that in order to put it into the trash, she would have to dislodge Bella who was almost asleep. There was no way she could twist herself to spit it into the trash from where she was, so she swallowed it. 

FLASH FICTION
Yoko Ono's Fake Breasts
by Lise Quintana
Writer of the Month

Lise Quintana builds a shocking, sweet legend around one of the most unique performers in music history: Yoko Ono. 

In early 1980, just before John Lennon's death, Yoko Ono considered a breast augmentation. But this was 1980, and this was Yoko Ono. These would not be regular one-on-each-side-with-a-nipple-on-top kinds of breasts. Not for Yoko.