SmokeLong Weekly for February 27, 2017:

The Life Cycle of Salmon

by Kristin Keane

The priest comes to the house to bless Beatrice, and I have to step out of the room the way I do when the hospice nurses come in to change her bedpan: I’m not allowed to be there. Not that I want to see that, but Beatrice cracks really funny jokes about bowel movements and … Continue reading The Life Cycle of Salmon

More stories:

Straight LinesBy Ryan Werner

WolvesBy Bud Smith

Txaj – A PrayerBy Jeanne Jones

Gravity, ReducedBy Kara Oakleaf

Issue Fifty-Four

December 19, 2016

This Week’s Reader:

Brandon Wicks

A native of South Carolina, Brandon Wicks currently resides in Philadelphia, where he writes, teaches, and contributes as an associate editor to SmokeLong Quarterly. He is the author of the novel American Fallout. His short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared Pembroke Magazine, Sou’wester, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and other publications. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.

Read the interview with Brandon Wicks

Fridge Flash: The Rubber Lizards Of Concord

In this week’s Fridge Flash, eleven-year-old Irene Meklin shares a story about the end of school days, jelly donuts, sleepovers, throwing rubber lizards, and the exhilarating exhaustion of childhood. We are excited to share this story from this talented young writer whose name we are certain to see again in the decades to come.   By … Continue reading Fridge Flash: The Rubber Lizards Of Concord


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