A Guide to Kayaking (Or, When and Where to Look) by Helen Park| music: My Mind is Mine by Lea Bertucci and Alaina Stamatis

A Guide to Kayaking (Or, When and Where to Look) A little, boiling hell plays out in my heart every time my boyfriend looks at a passing woman. Regardless of where we are or what we are doing (eating at a…

My Night with Santa by Nina Familiant | music: Eleanor Bone by Alexander MacSween

In the former Soviet Union, Santa Claus made house calls. Not sneaky ones in the middle of the night but official visits authorized by the unanimously elected New Year Planning Committee. Each holiday season, the Committee would vest Santa with…

A Letter to the Woman Who Said “REALLY?!” as I Walked Out of the Family Restroom at the Airport by Kristi Murray Costello | music: Pianotarha by Juhani Nuorvala

Dear Exasperated in Minneapolis: You’re right. I shouldn’t have gone in there. It was selfish. And I’m sorry. Airports bring out the worst in people—all the waiting in lines, the taking off your shoes, the obscene mark ups on cinnamon…

Naked Dancing, with Knives Or (Not) Writing a First Novel by Robert Pope | music: White Thanksgiving by Jude Thomas

n the fall of 1967 I started a novel about a girl I knew who married her boyfriend before he went to Vietnam.  I was twenty-one, a student at The University of California at Berkeley; my female character, Julie, was…