Perforated Caterpillars

Perforated Caterpillars

Surrounded by a burgundy interior, Clem and his grandmother are stopped in the high speed lane in dead stop traffic. Between Clem’s feet is a medium soda with no ice and a bag full of fries. He’s eating a burger next to his grandmother, still wearing her nurse’s...
Away

Away

When the inflatable bouncy castle I’m jumping in with a handful of five-year-olds is lifted off the ground by a gust of wind, I think of my cousin Garnet and her story of being snatched by a hawk. Six years ago, when we were twelve, we were both sent to Camp Spruce in...
From The Apartment on Market Street: A Visit to Macy’s

From The Apartment on Market Street: A Visit to Macy’s

A few days after it came up with our relationship counselor, Seth, we made our way to the Macy’s cosmetics counter at the Holyoke Mall. The Holyoke Mall was the shopping mall at the nexus of biggest and closest to us, so that one of the things Anna and I did together...
Where We Go When All We Were is Gone

Where We Go When All We Were is Gone

I’m dancing in Shibuya’s Hachiko Square with hundreds of people. We flail wildly, bark at bystanders, and have a general disregard for our well-being. We’ve been at it for days now, and despite our hunger and thirst, the pain coursing through our bodies as if our...
Excerpts from American Meteor

Excerpts from American Meteor

American Meteor (due from Bellevue Literary Press in May, 2015) In this panoramic tale of Manifest Destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. He is propelled westward from...
Intruder

Intruder

I’d crossed my next-door neighbor’s path in the hallway a number of times, but I’d never gotten a syllable out of him and the only look he’d ever given me was to make sure we weren’t about to collide. He’d turn his body sideways and avert his eyes if I passed him...