Skeletons and Flower Crowns

Story from a fellow MFA at the University of Kansas!

Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Dearest Thuy,

They found a skeleton this morning.

I don’t really want to talk about it. Then again, I don’t really want to talk about him either. But I’m going to anyway.

He doesn’t look anything like you. His hair reminds me of yellow feathers, wispy and vulnerable to wind. Your hair is black, sticking up like the ends of a broom, never lying flat no matter how much I run my fingers through it. His eyes are green, like the emeralds your father used to trade. Yours are black, shiny like fresh ashes. Black hair, black eyes, and somehow I still see more color in you.

Do you remember when you were ten and your father used to visit the castle with jewels? And you snuck off to the gardens? I was scared that you— a boy from a faraway land— had been sent to scold me for avoiding…

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Fiction Spotlight: Becky Hagenston

Hagenston_Becky_M3B1627Becky Hagenston’s third short story collection,Scavengers: Stories (University of Alaska Press) Scavengers was published mid-March, 2016. The collection won the Permafrost 2015 Book Prize in fiction, with Memorious favorite Benjamin Percy serving as final judge. Hagenston is no stranger to prestigious prizes. The associate professor of English at Mississippi State University has two previous prize-winning collections, A Gram of Mars (Sarabande Books; winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize) and Strange Weather (Press 53; winner of the Spokane Prize), and has twice taken the O. Henry Prize. Her work has also received nods from Best American Short Stories, Best American Mysteries, and the Pushcart anthologies.

Memorious is thrilled to be publishing Hagenston’s “The Celebrity,” a story that does a million things in 1,000 words, in the upcoming Memorious 26. We’re also thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to Becky Hagenston about Scavengers, a collection so…

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Poems2Go

“Poetry is a conversation with the world.” Naomi Shihab Nye Poems2go is a poetry project created by Christine Jones and supported by a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation, to bring more … Source: Poems2Go

How to Crash a Car While Not Driving

  Scream. [1] Start a collection of model airplanes that your brother will rip into piles of wings, broken propellers, and non-descriptive metal bits you’ll still find in your bedroom carpet three years later. Feed your pet goldfish three tater-tots with ketchup and Dijon mustard. Listen to the sound something smaller than your thumb makes when … Continue reading How to Crash a Car While Not Driving