Stories & Writing

Legacy of Love

Alicia Lewis (San Francisco, CA / Albany, NY) Prelude I wrote this short story seven different ways Crafted several different things to say, And hit the delete key more times than I can count. [It felt so important that I…

The Visit

Brettany Renee Blatchley (Asheville, NC) Shortly before Mother’s Day, my sister called and granted me a ten minute visit with Mom who, I learned, had been hospitalized for a month with pneumonia. After I gently “came-out” to her in a…

You’re in a Safe Place Here

Brettany Renee Blatchley (Asheville, NC) I had changed, was snuggled under the threadbare hospital blanket on a gurney in a frigid staging room. The nurse had been sweet as she took my hand in greeting, then started a saline IV;…

Becoming Beautiful

Brettany Renee Blatchley (Asheville, NC) There must be something in the water, but no, I know it’s not the water. Still when I stood before the mirror unclothed after my swim, I saw them, or rather I didn’t: it’s those…

Sunday Outing

Brettany Renee Blatchley (Asheville, NC) “Yes, these women’s hands” she said… A cisgender woman I befriended at church a few months ago noticed I am unusual, but assumed that I was simply a tall woman of Scandinavian stock (which is…

Growing Out of the Closet

Brianna Leahy (Trinity, NC) When I was four, my cousin and I would play house. She was always the wife, and I was the husband. I didn’t want to be the wife, because I thought I’d have to wear a…

exhausted.

M.J. Dossey (Greensboro, NC) they’re all laughing. i can hear them laughing. every last one of them is laughing, rolling in peals of laughter while i sit there, watching, mouth agape, hands clenched into fists so tight that i’m not…

You Don’t Like Girls

BAM (Greensboro, NC) I Don’t Like Girls: a thought, an action, a plan ME: i like girls i like looking at them i like smelling them i like playing games with them i like talking to them i like eating…

A Voice

Andrew Garvey (Des Plaines, IL) Nobody knows what to call you, Is it he? She? They? …..no never they, they is plural.. you can’t use they singularly. It? Sometimes.. rather than use they and make them a person. Use it…

Girl Shoes For Sale. Never Worn.

Zizia Swan (Meadville, PA) Johnny can’t go home. He wants to… Sometimes, But there’s someone, Something more like, Who wears a mask. Someone (something), Who takes his seat At the table Every morning. Someone (something), Who says, “Morning Dad.” Dad…

My Alien From Far Away

By Benjamin Poulos (Baltimore, MD)   EXT. PARK LAWN- NIGHT Two female-bodied people lie outstretched on an expanse of well-maintained grass. They have honeysuckles arranged in loose crowns around their heads. The sky above them is  completely clear. PATTI I…

720 Modes

By ShaNeia (Siigh) Lawrence (Greensboro, NC)   The cause of my reaction has been following me with every breath I breath. It is as if reality has become a wide screen epic, even though I find it hard to believe, my…

Self Portrait As The Cosmos

Milo Gallagher (Sheldon, SC) You misgender me and I take my earrings off feeling like a fish mistaken for a deer Shame seeps in like oil I am far away already I am signs of life in another galaxy I…

Bubble

By Anonymous   When I was in middle school, I became fascinated with a girl in my class. It wasn’t exactly a crush, just a mild interest. I didn’t understand what bisexuality was at that age. I ignored it until…