Category: 2020 Edition


by Tamra Cosby [trigger warning: sexual assault]   Dear Johnathan,   Looking at my GPA reminds me of you I am reminded of the paralyzing pain swollen pussy your peculiar smile in my head like […]

Primary Longing

by Vivian Ortiz Download here or read below.   Vivian Ortiz was born and raised in Jackson Heights, NY. She is of half Brazilian, half Puerto Rican descent. She loves animals, the beach, swimming, fresh seafood, […]

Mi Lupita

by George Webster Download here or read below.   George Webster worked as a chef in a Michelin-starred restaurant and managed a catering company before returning to school to study computer science. He is grateful to LaGuardia […]

Daydreaming — COVID 19 Inspired

by Diana Athena Falling deeper and deeper into the softness of white cotton cloudy morning Walking on my tippy toes over the hardwood floor of the living room Catching the spring with the corners of […]

Reunion Dinner

by Caiwu Chen   Cooktop firing, water boiling, Lids dancing on the pot. Lingering smoke penetrates from kitchen door, Trigger the hungers longing for the dinner. Knife kiss cutting board Making DaDa sound, Traveling child, […]

Staple Food

by Tenzin Diki ངའི་ཞིམ་པའི་བོད་ཟས། Tsampa: my customary food, both salty and sweet. Prepared with bare hands. Roasted barley flour, Yak butter, Chura ཆུར་ར་ cheese and churning salted tea. Sacred ingredients of a wealthy food culture. […]


by Jason DeMartino Temporary treasure trove. Hardened and experienced. Durable. Deciding the essentials. Personality of a chameleon: shifting its entrails, adjusting to different destinations, and changing ages. The suitcase grows as we do, from diapers […]

Saturn’s Return

After Audre Lorde’s “Hanging Fire” by Iris Alufohai [Author’s note: In horoscopic astrology it takes Saturn 29 years to orbit the sun and return back to the same place in the sky that it was […]

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Night of Rock n’ Roll

After Joe Brainard by Melany Tapia  I remember the smell of beer spilled by a guy whose head bopped to the beat of the drums. I remember bumming cigarettes off pierced, vibrant strangers. I remember […]

A Doll’s Tea Party

by Destiny Rosales When I was 6 years old, my older brother convinced me to join him in watching what he described as “a funny movie about a girl who finds a magic doll.” In […]

Sneaker on a Landline

by Raki Jordan I hang from my hairs on a landline, twirling and rocking back and forth in the sky, hairs intertwined with each other – body possessed by wind, signaling which direction it’s traveling […]


by Destiny Quiles As I walk down the flight of stairs that separates me from the pavement of the sidewalk, I take a second to realize how funny it is that I am going down […]

Primp and Polish

by Suzzette Jimenez [Trigger Warning: Domestic Abuse] She blew out her bangs with a large round brush as she got ready for work.  She feared the thinner round brush could not do the job of […]


by Berniya Dudley [Trigger Warning: Suicide] As I stand here and think about the events that led me to this bridge, I hear a car door slam close. I instantly freeze. I just wait. Suddenly, […]

Pretty Girl

by Nicolle Jaramillo [trigger warning: sexual assault]   I could be a pretty girl I’ll wear a skirt for you. –Clairo, “Pretty Girl”   I’m 5 years old or maybe 6 already, it doesn’t matter. […]

How to Starve Yourself

by Leslie Munoz-Reyes It all starts in primary school, when you’re adored for your smallness.  “She’s so cute,” your aunts would coo. “She looks just like a mouse,” your uncles would say as they lifted […]

Golden Cage

by Carolyn Merino The sun rubs its warm light on my face, the only way I’ve come to wake up. I’ve lost track of  the time and the day. I don’t care about the weather […]

From 13 to 30

I don’t quite remember when I heard them for the first time: if it was on the radio, or if it was some recorded concert playing on TV. But I do remember tanning on the […]

The Bickering Mule

by Raki Jordan Harlem’s streets are never  dull. There’s the constant sound of scattering rats and swerving cars and car horns and babbling talking tongues, and music blaring beats from the windows  hovering over your […]


by Nabil Hussein You can play CoronaBird by clicking here or on the image below.     Nabil Hussein is a student at LaGuardia Community College, where he is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in New […]

The Letter

by Raymond Rashard Louther       Raymond “Ray Rav” Louther is a Film Director and Music Producer from East New York, Brooklyn. After falling in love with music at a young age, he transferred […]

Before Corona Happened — Untitled 4

by Dewa Wiryawan     Dewa is a freelance photographer and videographer; he likes to call himself a photo enthusiast. He has been a photographer since 2013, right after he graduated from high school. His […]