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Friendship

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Last Writes

My friend possessed the inclination and the ability to turn her experience of the world into a language that insisted on delighting in itself.

By Chris Bursk June 2020
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

How It Ends

It begins like this: You drop your son off at kindergarten. His first day of school. You think that nothing in your life will be as big as this: the moment he drops your hand, he who has clung to you since birth, since that first breath of air, first scream, first frantic rooting for the breast.

By Louise A. Blum March 2020
Fiction

Mark On The Cross

MARK HOHN, a handwritten sign said. DEC. 19, 2013. 17 YRS. Here’s what struck me like a bus. It happened to be Dec. 19. He’d died exactly two years earlier. I sat on the ground before the cross and told myself to pay attention, that this was no coincidence.

By Maria Black March 2020
Fiction

Waiting For The Coywolf

I’ve read about a new creature called a “coywolf” — the offspring of a coyote and a timber wolf. That must have been what I saw. Waiting for it to reappear gives me something to do.

By Devin Murphy January 2020
Poetry

Kenny

after my mother’s funeral   standing in the receiving line just / below the altar rail shaking hands with people I hardly knew / when Kenny  a face I hadn’t seen in twenty years    appeared and / grabbed me and hugged me so damn hard the wind went out / of me

By Jim Bishop November 2019
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Now And Then I Look For You

Two alleys down from the bodega, where I found you that time. Under the defunct, overturned hot tub that once or twice served as your roof.

By Natalie Kusz September 2019
Readers Write

Making Love

Under the Milky Way, after the fireworks, out of the closet​

By Our Readers June 2019
Tribute

A Tribute To Tony Hoagland

By turns funny and sad, caustic and poignant, Tony’s poetry first appeared in The Sun in May of 2000, and he was a regular contributor for the past ten years. Though he frequently used humor to make his writing more accessible, he could still catch the reader off guard with a sudden shift in tone, ending a poem in a very different mood than where it began.

By The Sun March 2019
Readers Write

Guests

A mysterious presence, a troupe of anarchists, a nocturnal visitor​

By Our Readers February 2019
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Leaving Austin

It seems she was surprised to hear from me. “Marion,” she wrote back a week later, “I kinda liked you when I met you, and then I learned to love you, but now you’re just the skank that fucked my man when I was struggling to make a family.”

By Marion Winik January 2019