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Christina Soontornvat
monk.HM10

Anyone walking down Feltwhip Road early that morning would have noticed the light in the shop window. The clouds were heavy with water scooped up from the sea, and they threatened to dump it all at once onto the dark streets of Graves. Even so, the golden flicker of that lone candle in the window might make someone stop and linger for a moment.

Robin Heald
monk.HM28

“Isa, this package came for you.” Mamãe sets a box in front of my cereal bowl.

“It’s from Vó Ziza,” I say. My granny, Ziza, lives in Brazil, far away from our family in Miami.

Val Howlett
monk.HM16

A young girl has a dream about a monster. The monster is gray. It enters her window at night, just pulls it open and slides through, facing her, sagging and infinitely wrinkled, with rotting teeth. It reaches its long shadow-arms into her parted lips and down her throat to grab her life, to take it from her. She wakes up screaming.

Maggie Lehrman
monk.HM07

The bus is on fire.

No, wait—before that.

It’s 5 AM and I’m in a panicked scramble for my duffel bag.

Cori McCarthy
monk.HM19

Name me America
Because I am discovered
I am here. I am this body.
This breath a gust. This pulse a drum.
I am poised and fist-ready…

francine j. harris
monk.HM05

i have walked with half a skull and i have walked
with a blanch shell. i have walked, legs
split hungry, and i have walked too old.

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Goldie Goldbloom
Emily Casey
Thomas March
Katrin Tschirgi
Kendall Klym
John Hough Jr.
Rosemary Kitchen
Catherine Freeling
Ellen LaFleche
Emily Pulfer-Terino
Rochelle Hurt
Emily Pulfer-Terino
Ashley Seitz Kramer
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Samantha Lori Kolber
David Cooke
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Georganna Millman
C.L. Patterson
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Daisy Hernandez
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