“Mold” by Richard Mirabella
Volume #4, Issue #38 January 18, 2016
Richard Mirabella is a writer and civil servant living in Albany, NY. His short fiction has appeared in New World Writing and Passages North. Currently, he’s at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.
“Lonesome” by Tarah Scalzo
Volume #4, Issue #37 December 18, 2015
Tarah Scalzo received her MFA from UC-Irvine. Her stories can be found in Electric Literature, The Santa Monica Review, Timber, and ROAR Magazine. She lives in Orange County with her husband and their goofy baby named Sam. She is originally from Wisconsin.
“Bolt” by David Elzey
Volume #4, Issue #36 November 18, 2015
David Elzey manages a bookstore in Massachusetts where he lives and writes. He studied Creative Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been published in Lunch Ticket and Found Poetry Review. Currently he is working on a YA novel about a pair of lost space-traveling Yeti.
“Sunrise” by Madeline Curtis
Volume #4, Issue #35 October 18, 2015
Madeline Curtis is a senior at Falmouth High School in Maine. An attendee of the New England Young Writers’ Conference (Bread Loaf), she has received local and national recognition for her writing, including two Scholastic Gold Key awards. Her first collection of stories will be published in the summer of 2016 through the Young Emerging Authors Fellowship. She lives with her parents, three younger siblings, two dogs, and a gecko named Norbert. This is her first published short story.
“Every Other Emily” by Joseph Sloan
Volume #4, Issue #34 September 18, 2015
Joseph Sloan is a writer and clinical psychologist. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their four children. His short fiction has previously appeared in The James Franco Review and in Hyperlexia.
“Flight Feathers” by Kerry Cullen
Volume #3, Issue #33 August 18, 2015
Kerry Cullen’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Cicada, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. She is an editorial assistant at Holt/Macmillan, and earned her MFA at Columbia University. She is writing a novel about queer families set at a Christian rock festival.
“Locked In” by Oona Intemann
Volume #3, Issue #32 July 18, 2015
Oona Intemann is an 18-year-old sophomore at the George Washington University. She was an editor for her high school’s literary magazine and a writing coach for the school’s writing center. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her parents, sister, and exceedingly loving dog. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction piece. “Locked In” is her first published story.
“Cool” by Becky Hagenston
Volume #3, Issue #31 June 18, 2015
Becky Hagenston’s first collection of stories, A Gram of Mars, won the Mary McCarthy Prize; her second collection, Strange Weather, won the Spokane Prize. “Cool” will appear in her third collection, Scavengers, winner of the Permafrost Book Prize, forthcoming in 2016 from the University of Alaska Press. Her work is also forthcoming in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015. She lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is an Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University.
“A Eulogy for Pretzel” by Lily Dodd
Volume #3, Issue #30 May 18, 2015
Lily Dodd is a sixteen-year-old high school junior at The Urban School of San Francisco. A Eulogy for Pretzel is her first published story. Lily has won several awards for her writing, including a Level One Award in Short Story Writing from the National Young Arts Foundation. She adores comedy and being with her friends. Lily is currently working on a young adult novel.
“Spit” by Michelle Hart
Volume #3, Issue #29 April 18, 2015
Michelle Hart earned her BA in English and Philosophy from Hofstra University, where she was awarded the Eugene Schneider Prose Award for Fiction. She is currently a part of the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark, where she also teaches undergraduate writing. She resides in New York City.
“Homes for Heroes and Hot Girls” by Alain Kerfs
Volume #3, Issue #28 March 18, 2015
Alain Kerfs’s fiction has appeared in Foliate Oak, Red Wheelbarrow, Reed and elsewhere. He won the Jack London Writers’ Conference and California Writers’ Conference Fiction contests and was nominated for the 2009 Million Writers Award. He attended the MA Creative Writing program at San Francisco State. Born in Brussels, Belgium, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, three kids, and one devoted and slightly irrational Black Lab. He is finishing a novel.
“Amplexus” by Jonathan Penner
Volume #3, Issue #27 February 18, 2015
Jonathan Penner is the author of Going Blind and Natural Order (novels), Private Parties and This Is My Voice (story collections), and The Intelligent Traveler’s Guide to Chiribosco (a comic novella). His stories have appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, and many other magazines. He is 74 years old.
“Night of the Living Poet” by Michael Landau
Volume #3, Issue #26 January 18, 2015
Michael Landau’s fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine and Spittoon. His play Something Else Occurred was performed in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. He lives in Vermont, where he teaches, DJs, and plays bass in the seminal post-postpunk band Forgotten Pasta.
“America, Etc.” by Michael Kardos
Volume #3, Issue #25 December 18, 2014
Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her and The Three-Day Affair, the story collection One Last Good Time, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and elsewhere, and have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Originally from the Jersey Shore, he currently lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.
“The Blueprint of Your Brain” by John McNally
Volume #3, Issue #24 November 18, 2014
John McNally is the author of three novels: After the Workshop, The Book of Ralph and America’s Report Card; two story collections, Troublemakers and Ghosts of Chicago; and two nonfiction books: The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist and Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction. His young adult novel Lord of the Ralphs will be published by Lacewing Books in the fall of 2015. A screenplay he co-wrote is in development with the producer of Winter’s Bone. A native of Burbank, Illinois, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, John is Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
“Ghost Story” by Margo Rabb
Volume #3, Issue #23 October 18, 2014
Margo Rabb is the author of the novel Cures for Heartbreak, which was published in 2007, and Kissing in America, which will be published by HarperCollins in May 2015. Her essays and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, Glimmer Train Stories, and One Story, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. You can visit her online at
“The Beasts of St. Andrew’s” by Ted Thompson
Volume #3, Issue #22 September 18, 2014
Ted Thompson’s debut novel The Land of Steady Habits was published by Little, Brown in March of 2014. His other stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction and Best New American Voices. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog, Raisin. This is his first werewolf story.
“Cassie, Two Kids” by Isaac Blum
Volume #2, Issue #21 August 18, 2014
Isaac Blum has an MFA from Rutgers University, Camden. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times, The Iowa Review, Sou’wester, and elsewhere. He’s from Philadelphia. Find him online at
“Astronauts in Love” by Erin Somers
Volume #2, Issue #20 July 18, 2014
Erin Somers holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Her fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Green Mountains Review, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.
“It Could Never Happen Here” by Martin Wilson
Volume #2, Issue #19 June 18, 2014
Martin Wilson was born and grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MFA from the University of Florida, where one of his short stories received a Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us, won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book and was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He’s currently at work on his second novel. He lives in New York City. Visit him at
“Helen” by Claire Spaulding
Volume #2, Issue #18 May 18, 2014
Claire Spaulding was a 2014 Level I YoungArts Winner for Novel Excerpt and is currently working on rewrites for her first novel. She is a high school junior from Arlington, VA. This is her first published short story.
“One Small Step” by Holly Hilliard
Volume #2, Issue #17 April 18, 2014
Holly Hilliard grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio, and now lives in New York City, where she is finishing a novel. “One Small Step” is her first published work of fiction. Visit her online at
“The Feather Trick” by Angelica Baker
Volume #2, Issue #16 March 18, 2014
Angelica Baker is pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Tin House’s “The Open Bar.” She was born in Los Angeles, has lived in Paris, and now resides in Brooklyn. This is her first published short story.
“Gorilla at Large” by Robert Voedisch
Volume #2, Issue #15 February 18, 2014
Robert Voedisch’s fiction has appeared in The Greensboro Review, North American Review, Five Chapters, Paper Darts, and in the anthology Fiction on a Stick: Stories by Writers from Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis, where he teaches at the Loft Literary Center. Visit him online at
“Proper Girls” by Lisa Ko
Volume #2, Issue #14 January 10, 2014
Lisa Ko’s fiction has appeared in Narrative, Brooklyn Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. “Proper Girls” is part of her collection-in-progress of linked short stories. She lives in New York City, where she has taught creative writing at City College, and is currently finishing her first novel, Jackpot, about an undocumented Chinese family in the Bronx.
“Phenomenon” by Julie Buntin
Volume #2, Issue #13 December 10, 2013
Julie Buntin is from Northern Michigan. She received her MFA in fiction from NYU, where she was an adjunct instructor and the recipient of a Starworks Fellowship. Though her personal essays have appeared in The Sonora Review, Explosion-Proof, The Rumpus, and Cosmopolitan, this is her first published piece of fiction.
“Soundproof Your Life” by Tara Altebrando
Volume #2, Issue #12 November 10, 2013
Tara Altebrando is the author of four young adult novels: The Best Night of Your(Pathetic) Life, Dreamland Social Club (A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens of 2011), What Happens Here, and The Pursuit of Happiness. She is also coauthor with Sara Zarr of Roomies. Her first middle-grade novel, The Battle of Darcy Lane, is forthcoming in Spring 2014. A graduate of Harvard University, Tara lives in Queens, New York, with her husband and two young daughters.
“Violets” by Laura Ender
Volume #2, Issue #11 October 10, 2013
Laura Ender earned her MFA in Fiction from Eastern Washington University. Her stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. “Violets” is part of a novel-in-stories, in progress. For more information, visit
“Purgatory” by Alexandra Salerno
Volume #2, Issue #10 September 10, 2013
Alexandra Salerno’s fiction has appeared in Harpur Palate, The Gettysburg Review, Sou’wester, Narrative, and elsewhere, and she has written reviews and criticism for the Slate Brow Beat Blog and Fourth Genre. She is originally from Tuckahoe, New York, and lives in Ohio.
“Night Swimming” by Nicole Acton
Volume #1, Issue #9 May 10, 2013
Winner of our 2012 Teen Writing Contest
Judge: Gayle Forman
Nicole Acton’s fiction has earned her a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gold medal and a Silver Medal with Distinction for writing portfolio. She was a Level I YoungArts Winner for Short Story and a 2012 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is a two-time winner in the Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights, Inc. National Competition. She is honored to be included in One Teen Story.
“If You Are Watching This, I Am Dead” by J. Robert Lennon
Volume #1, Issue #8 April 10, 2013
J. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces For The Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Castle, and Familiar. He teaches writing at Cornell University.
“You Never Know” by Francesca Lia Block
Volume #1, Issue #7 March 10, 2013
Teacher’s Guide PDF
Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. The Elementals (St. Martins Press) and Pink Smog (Harper) are her most recent titles. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online. Visit her at
“Passing Each Other in Halls” by Matt de la Peña
Volume #1, Issue #6 February 10, 2013
Teacher’s Guide PDF
Matt de la Peña is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels—Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You. His fifth, The Living, will be released this fall. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing at Vermont College and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.
“The Mudpuppy” by Rachel Furey
Volume #1, Issue #5 January 10, 2013
Teacher’s Guide PDF
Rachel Furey received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and is currently a PhD student at Texas Tech. She is a winner of Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Fiction, Crab Orchard Review’s Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award, and Yemassee’s William Richey Short Fiction Contest. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sweet, Hunger Mountain, American Fiction, and Chautauqua.
“The Bearded Girl” by Aimee Bender
Volume #1, Issue #4 December 10, 2012
Teacher’s Guide PDF
Aimee Bender is the author of four books, including The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and Willful Creatures. She is currently compiling a new story collection, and her short fiction has been published in Granta, The Paris Review, Tin House and more. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at USC.
“The Greatest Escape” by Laura van den Berg
Volume #1, Issue #3 November 10, 2012
Teacher’s Guide PDF
Laura van den Berg’s stories have or will soon appear in One Story, Conjunctions, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV. Her debut collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. A second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, is forthcoming from FSG. She currently teaches creative writing at George Washington University and lives in Baltimore.
“The Freshwater Mermaid” by Gregory Maguire
Volume #1, Issue #2 October 20, 2012
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Gregory Maguire is best known as the author of Wicked, the adult novel that inspired the blockbuster Broadway musical. All four of the novels in The Wicked Years sequence—Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz—have been New York Times bestsellers. Maguire writes for children and teens as well, and his recent work includes Matchless, a revisioning of “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, and Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation, a book-length essay on the great American artist. An occasional contributor to The New York Times Book Review, National Public Radio, and CNN, and featured in People Magazine, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and on Oprah, Maguire lectures on art and culture both here and abroad. He lives in New England and in France with his husband, the painter Andy Newman, and their three children.
“The Deadline” by Gayle Forman
Volume #1, Issue #1 September 10, 2012
Teacher’s Guide PDF
Gayle Forman is an award-winning American author who writes for young adults. She began her career as a journalist at Seventeen magazine, reporting on young people and social justice issues. Forman is the author of the bestselling novels, If I Stay and Where She Went and the forthcoming pair of books, Just One Day and Just One Year, both of which will be published next year.