Circus Girls

Winner of the 2019 Flash Contest judged by RO Kwon

""I sneak in and watch scenes from a show I cannot afford to see in its entirety: young girls who've been flown over vast bodies of water to jump, flip, and balance on each other so spectators can ooh and ahh ..."

Read the winning piece by Dorothy Bendel.

Interview with
Tim Murphy

“Write on a regular schedule, read copiously to learn about craft and choices, and find or create some kind of writing community like a class or a weekly group of friends so you can not only get feedback but give it, because giving others feedback will help you immensely with your own writing.”

Read the rest of the interview here, and join him at our next reading at McNally Jackson
Monday, September 9th at 7pm.

Poems by
Donna Spruijt-Metz
& Francisco

"Death was an island from above, / or sandbank swallowed by water, its macaws gone west, / and the details of wildlife stripped as after a fire."
-from “Thanatology” by Francisco Márquez

 “I am the patchwork woman, / my heart a low- / grade inflammation. “
-from “Dead Fathers Club” by Donna Spruijt-Metz

Read Francisco & Donna’s poems here.

Worst-Case Scenario

"Real or unreal? I no longer knew. It was a question that would follow me into adulthood—a question that even now makes me doubt everything, unsure of who and what I can trust."

Read our newest essay, "Worst-Case Scenario", a delicate rendering of childhood sexual assault, by Nicole Im.