Semi;Colon

Vlora Xhaferi: Survivor Stories

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a novel based on the true story of the Holocaust, on the challenges of escaping the concentration camp and how a young man named Lale found love with another survivor. Lale Soklovo, whom this true story is based on, was…

December 17, 2019
Essays

Lisa K. Buchanan

Firstborn My mother never announced having spent the day with her older daughter, but I always knew. Suddenly, my spaghetti spill was catastrophic; my loss of a gym sock, reckless; my impersonation of the school principal, unkind. Mom had a way of dropping a…

December 16, 2019
Special Feature

Sydney Sargis

Ode to Not Scot’s There stands a bar underneath the endless shaking of the Montrose brown-line with a top-to-bottom front window and dimmable green light bulbs, with roars of drunken laughter and wood-waxed bar tops. Here is where tethered bodies meet to take laps…

December 16, 2019
Essays

Kent Jacobson

I Set a Fire   I don’t know why I set the fire. I haven’t wanted to think about it since. Though I know what I joked for years afterward— “We had to find that baseball didn’t we?” Like I’d been one more dopey kid.…

December 16, 2019
Essays

E. A. Farro

It Becomes a Question A conversation with Jericho Brown   “Your interview is not happening, the interviewer is sick,” the volunteer at author check-in told Jericho Brown. His smile fell, he paused. It was the inaugural Wordplay event hosted by the Loft Literary Center…

December 16, 2019
Essays

Dorothy Walton

Funeral for a Tree   Actually, two of them got the chop that day. They were joined at the hip, a ropy, ossified root hidden beneath the soil where no one could see just what they were up to until the chainsaw execution was…

October 30, 2019
Essays

Mauri Pollard Johnson

On Not Eating It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality. . . . But it was a real experience.” —Virginia Woolf  There are necessary evils that exist in everyone’s life.  Here are a list of mine: The ACT. Standardized testing.…

May 28, 2019