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Kevin Fedarko
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Early in my career, lusting as I was to become a literary light in the nonfiction world, I realized that I desperately needed the services of a mentor. I imagined a sort of a cross between an Oxford don, a Jesuit spiritual advisor, and Dr. Phil – an uber-mentor in my mind’s eye. I pictured this person in very specific terms.

Jessica Melilli-Hand
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The first three rosaries that ever were were black black
for grief for beauty for burnt mustard seeds and what the smoke released.
Some say the threads snapped when God and Lucifer played tug-of-war,
best two out of three. Some say God never was…

Debra Rook
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Cypress, rust-water thick, knees knocking against each other in clumps of billowing muck. Snakes tangled like cut ropes looped by the current. Broad black mud with a stink so sweet you gather why the gators and deer and bear wallow in it.

Suzanne Farrell Smith with Cheryl Wilder
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Wrath doesn’t sound fierce enough for its meaning. It starts with a liquid consonant and ends with a breeze through the teeth, and it’s comprised of a single syllable that contains the first vowel sound we teach to children.

Suzanne Farrell Smith
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There are days when I so badly want to write, that I think I could put my infant son in his crib, close the nursery door, and let him wile away the day so I could surrender to my urge. I don’t. Of course I don’t. But sometimes I think I could.

Stefani Zellmer
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I meet Tracy because she has a fuckable brother, according to Kristen. Tracy and her brother Trent go to Bishop Lynch. Kristen and I go to Liberty. They wear uniforms and study Theology. We wear whatever we want and don’t know what Theology is. At least I don’t, and I’m embarrassed for not knowing so I don’t ask.

Table of Contents

Clinton Crockett Peters
Cheryl Wilder with Suzanne Farrell Smith
Suzanne Farrell Smith with Cheryl Wilder
Cheryl Wilder with Suzanne Farrell Smith
Suzanne Farrell Smith with Cheryl Wilder
Suzanne Farrell Smith with Cheryl Wilder
Cheryl Wilder with Suzanne Farrell Smith
Debra Rook
Jessica Melilli-Hand
Peter Cooley
Peter Cooley
Lauren Hilger
Lauren Hilger