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Jackie Lea Sommers
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And so the four of them stole through the dark grounds, Mack and Ty holding hands like absconding lovers leading the way—Mack a little ahead of Ty, tugging on his hand in excitement—and Jonas behind them, with Caleb on his back. It was exhausting, and he never would have imagined he’d have the strength to do it, except that Caleb weighed about eighty-five pounds, and Jonas was high from rule-breaking and night air.

Katrin Tschirgi
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I was a gerund,
filling the holes like water for lakes.

Eric Berlin
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The day my dad came back to get his stuff,
he brought a guy I’d never met, some goon
named Dirk who whispered (when my dad was off
yanking shirts from hangers in his old room)
how hard these things can be…

Dante Di Stefano
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The dead don’t bivouac by the riverside.
I reckon love ain’t two fifths consolation,
but a pint of bastard light through the gut.

Caitlin Corless
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When Theresa Miller told her mother that she’d almost been kidnapped, the neighborhood went nuts. She told her mom who told the police who told all the moms on our street that a scary man with a spiky purple mohawk, yellow eyes, tattooed arms, piercings, and a gold medallion around his neck had tried to get her into his convertible by offering her candy.

Maggie Lehrman
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The bus is on fire.

No, wait—before that.

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

Table of Contents

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
Nancy K. Pearson
Nancy K. Pearson
Samantha Lori Kolber
David Cooke
Ravi Shankar
Georganna Millman
C.L. Patterson
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Daisy Hernandez
Tricia Springstubb