(No) Rules of Engagement by Maya Sonenberg
Issue: Art You Engaged

(No) Rules of Engagement by Maya Sonenberg

A teacher once admonished me: Just write the damn story!
Why doesn’t this comfort me?
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Nonfiction by Katie Holiday
Issue 2 / Nonfiction

Nonfiction by Katie Holiday

We held Molotov Cocktail Nights for only three consecutive Fridays. We were all somewhere around eighteen give or take. On the first, Chris spray-painted a concrete bridge pylon with the black outline of a Christmas tree. He was always drawing Christmas trees. He swiped his favorite number in the center: 1225. The paint dribbled. Continue reading

Nonfiction by Paul Vega
Issue 2 / Nonfiction

Nonfiction by Paul Vega

In the acute care area, gurneys line the walls, small curtains opening up to people triaged out of their street clothes into cotton gowns and tiny beds. A man yells about razor blades in his veins, begs for medication for withdrawals. Another sits upright, the right side of his skull caved in and drooping into his shoulder like a chocolate bunny left to melt in the sun. Continue reading

Nonfiction by Courtney Kersten
Issue 2 / Nonfiction

Nonfiction by Courtney Kersten

Awake Next to the Snoring 1:54 a.m. Remember: the great thing about this situation is that now you’ve got all this time to think. And so far, this is what you know: The snore has many dialects. There are plugged snorts, floppy exhales, whistling librettos, and sounds akin to a toilet-paper-stuffed trumpet struggling to be … Continue reading

Editor Spotlight: Maya Sonenberg
Nonfiction

Editor Spotlight: Maya Sonenberg

Our Nonfiction editor for January and February is Maya Sonenberg. Her story collections are Cartographies (winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize) and Voices from the Blue Hotel. More recent fiction and nonfiction appear in Web Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, Hotel Amerika, and elsewhere. The Cupboard will bring out a chapbook of her prose and drawings in 2015. … Continue reading