SmokeLong Weekly for August 20, 2018:

If the light, then the light

by Beckie Dashiell

The filmmaker worries he is losing the light. So many hours of work and planning, about to be wasted. He will go home that night and lie down next to his wife. She will already be asleep, though he knows she is just pretending—she is so light at it—until he hears her breathing slow. But … Continue reading If the light, then the light

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We Lose Our VirginitiesBy Diana Clarke

The Way to Reach YouBy Janelle Williams

Sky Like ConcreteBy Mike Riess

The PhotoBy Svetlana Beggs

This Week’s Reader:

R. Cross

R. Cross is a writer from the Midwest. She currently lives in Ann Arbor where she attends the University is Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her fiction has been featured in Day One, SmokeLong Quarterly, Fugue, Meridian, and elsewhere. You can find her online at

Read the interview with R. Cross

Book Review: Alligators at Night by Meg Pokrass

by Julia Tagliere Brad Watson (author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives) dubbed Pokrass the “new monarch of the delightful and enigmatic tiny kingdom of micro- and flash fiction.” Incredibly prolific, Pokrass has written four previous collections and a book of prose poetry. Her stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in … Continue reading Book Review: Alligators at Night by Meg Pokrass