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Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Invitation

Maybe I write because I want visibility and invisibility, each on my own terms. I want you to accept these paragraphs as photographs from my mind, and I want these photographs to tell you something useful about me. Yet I don’t want you to see me.

By Dan Leach September 2021
Fiction

When They Came To Us

We went to sleep, and in the morning they were here. We saw them on our screens as they emerged from a grove of trees a hundred miles west of us. Their ship had crashed. It was made of a rose-gold metal and looked like a claw with a broken tip. Within hours the government had moved these beings — the “blues,” we eventually came to call them — to a holding station outside the nearest city. There we could watch them whenever we wanted, because of the cameras in each room.

By Debbie Urbanski August 2016
Readers Write

Doors

A fire drill, an ancient site, a magical opening

By Our Readers June 2015
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Laughter Club

It’s not surprising that trauma is the number-one killer of people under forty, but it had never been so obvious to me before I worked at a hospital.

By Peter Mountford June 2015
Readers Write

Being Alone

Running away, getting married, eating at the food court

By Our Readers March 2014
Fiction

My Sister, The Writer

My sister is a writer. She writes terrible things about me. She thinks she is telling the family secrets, but we all think she’s hysterical.

By Jenny Bitner January 2005
Readers Write

Eavesdropping

Brothers, no-kidding eyes, bean holes

By Our Readers April 2001