Book Review – The Wal-Mart Book of the Dead

As its title suggests, vignette collection “The Wal-Mart Book of the Dead” by Lucy Biederman (Vine Leaves, 2017) serves as a bridge between two worlds: the living, or at least those with real-life experience working at or otherwise depending on a Wal-Mart, and the gods, those unseen architects and beneficiaries of American Late Capitalism. A…

A Word from the Editor

I’m so excited to announce today the winners of our writing competitions! We had many fantastic submissions in each category. First place in each category is $50 and publication in our annual anthology. Second and third places in each category will receive publication in the anthology. Additionally, we will soon be contacting several of the…

Issue 4.2 – Nonfiction

In times of stress or disillusionment or small-mindedness or general grumpiness I try to summon my inner Mister Rogers and look for the helpers, the good in the world. So often it shines through in the seemingly small acts people do for the ones they love. At Target I walk past a mother-daughter pair doing…

Issue 4.2 – Fiction

  The sign at the entrance to the corn maze read “Thirteen and Up ONLY” but Tabby had always looked older than her age and had hurried past the doubtful looking ticket-taker before he could scrutinize her any further, dropping her tickets into the proffered bucket without looking back.  There was no way she was…

Issue 4.2 – Poetry

Those old things crammed in corners shouted their accusations;   pant legs dangled on hangers, sweaters swallowed shelves, self-righteous   in their refusal to fit, obstinate in not giving an inch or half:   black and white capris checkered like a raceway flag   white no-iron Oxford button-ups Catholic school-girl stiff and prim   tees…

Serial – Little River – Chapter 5

Jonathan turned the steering wheel to make a hard right onto the gravel driveway that led to his sister’s house. The gravel crunched beneath his tires as he carefully navigated around the deep furrows that had been worn into the road. There were trees on both sides of the long drive, until he rounded a…

Book Review – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows In Southall, a brown suburb of London, young Nikki is hired to teach an adult literacy class marketed as a creative writing course to a group of Punjabi widows at the local Gurudwara. These women show up at the temple everyday to pass their time in a…

A Word from the Editor

We are so excited to bring you Issue 4.1! We have several exciting announcements to share with you this week. First of all, we are so excited to announce the six authors/pieces we’ve nominated for the Pushcart Prize! Catherine Kapphahn for her essay “The Geology of Grief” Linda Trinh for her essay “Sacred Hands” Raima…

Issue 4.1 – Nonfiction

  I guess there comes a time in every teacher’s life, if she taught as long as I did, when an event occurs that is so profoundly heart-rending that it stays with you for the rest of your life. The death of a student is one such event. The way one handles the situation  with…

Issue 4.1 – Fiction

The way I look forward to their visits, you’d think they happen once a year rather than once a week. But today is Sunday, which means my darling son Robert is coming over with his two children, Annabelle and Mark, nine and seven. I never thought I wanted children—though don’t get me wrong, I loved…

Issue 4.1 – Poetry

  I resent it each time I hear someone called a Douchebag, some scum, some insufferable lowlife, some man for whom the worst insult is something used only by women, something done in secret something women thought they had to do to make themselves clean for men as though they were dirty before or after…

Issue 4.1 – Interview

At the Same we love connecting readers with authors, and, today, we interviewed author, Susan Kite. We’re excited to introduce her books, My House of Dreams, The Mendel Experiment, Blue Fire, and Power Stone of Alogol, with readers around the world! the Same: Tell us about yourself! Susan Kite: I grew up all over. My dad was in the Army (making me…