June 16, 2024

Lennon Shumate holds a séance you’ll beliebe in, and Cody Shrum meets the crusader of the commode.

The Séance

Lennon Shumate

The Roto Rooter Guy Attempts to Fix My Toilet

Cody Shrum

June 9, 2024

Daniel Gauss stresses compassion over cramming in school education, and Mona Mehas reminisces being love-struck in 1980s China.

Art is Not English

Daniel Gauss

China 1987

Mona Mehas

June 2, 2024

Adeline Lyons speaks of pants, partners and pompous felines, and Susan H. Evans endures a Euro trip with harrowing companions.

‘Cat Ass Trophy,’ ‘On a Date,’ ‘The Last Morning’ and ‘In the Closet’

Adeline Lyons

Disenchanted April

Susan H. Evans

May 26, 2024

Michael Kerr embarks on a zany quest for digital dominion, and Shannon Frost Greenstein mourns the mundane makeover of a vibrant city.

The Internet Strikes Back

Michael Kerr

When They Gentrify All the Magic Away…

Shannon Frost Greenstein

May 19, 2024

Sophie Thompson spins a yarn with moody captains and marooned shipmen, and Shamik Banerjee fires shots at the great Indian relatives and weddings.

Don’t Cross Cap’n Pinkbeard

Sophie Thompson

A Photographer at a Royal Indian Wedding’ and ‘Blood Relatives

Shamik Banerjee

May 12, 2024

François Bereaud reminisces an old acquaintance in Navajo Nation, and MJ Huntsgood bids a poignant farewell in Wales.

Canyons

François Bereaud

A Map of the Welsh Coast as Seen by My Mother

MJ Huntsgood

May 5, 2024

I Echo weighs legacies of biological and literary fathers, and Elaine Nadal puts the heart in art.

Self-Portrait of My Father as James Baldwin Reading Me Notes of a Native Son

I Echo

Don’t Take Away the Duende

Elaine Nadal

April 28, 2024

Nina Miller puts a family heirloom up for sale, and Mario Moussa stumbles upon a new religion.

Nani’s Tea Kettle

Nina Miller

A Spiritual Question

Mario Moussa

April 21, 2024

Saeed Ibrahim introduces an impish old trickster, and Michael Fowler tells the story of a love deeper than skin.

Pesi’s Pastime

Saeed Ibrahim

Android Love

Michael Fowler

April 14, 2024

Ecem Yucel has a word of caution for pesky customers pestering the piano, and Kiran Gandhi navigates the tricky trajectory of youth and Cupid’s arrow.

Please Do Not Touch or Play the Piano. Thank You, Management

Ecem Yucel

One of Those Days

Kiran Gandhi

April 7, 2024

Ankush Banerjee rethinks frameworks of masculinity through Bollywood blockbusters, and Bharti voices the trials and musings of a generation.

Jawan & Animal: Violence, Fatherhood, & Two Recipes to Challenge the Capitalistic System

Ankush Banerjee

Lonely Bytes and Social Bugs: Life’s Code with a Cascade of No Friends

Bharti

March 31, 2024

Victoria Leigh Bennett unleashes a thought-train on loving, leaving and the wisdom to tell one from the other, and Louella Lester ruminates in words and images on a stroll through her chilly Canadian city.

Wisdom Isn’t a Train

Victoria Leigh Bennett

Midwinter in Winnipeg Sometimes

Louella Lester

March 17, 2024

Doug Jacquier proudly presents the brave new world of seamless air travel, and Shamik Banerjee spews humorous, hateful odes on acquaintances old and new.

BearAir

Doug Jacquier

‘A Card for Mr. Whitten’ and ‘To Mr. Biswas’

Shamik Banerjee

March 10, 2024

Sumitra Singam pens the story of a man’s balls and a woman with balls, and Sumaira Khalid narrates the wild tale of a gutsy battle in rural Pakistan.

You Need a Woman of Action Only, Isn’t It?

Sumitra Singam

The Battle of Dust

Sumaira Khalid

March 3, 2024

Arti Jain relives a life-affirming trip to the holy and human Banaras, and Arpita Chowdhury paints stirring vignettes of the bustling streets in gritty Delhi.

Aap, Hum and Comfort in a Banarasi Traffic Jam

Arti Jain

Street Symphony: Capturing Everyday Stories

Arpita Chowdhury

February 25, 2024

James Roth tries to make sense of his memories amidst a culture not his own, and Nidhi Arora dissects a celebrated work of fiction to offer lessons to the craft-conscious.

Kamagasaki

James Roth

The Price of a Strong Opening

Nidhi Arora

February 18, 2024

Sarah Das Gupta traces her food and family histories spanning two cultures, and Delphine Gauthier-Georgakopoulos says enough is enough to a stubborn old friend.

Two of a Kind

Sarah Das Gupta

Letter to an Old Friend

Delphine Gauthier-Georgakopoulos

February 11, 2024

Esmé Kaplan-Kinsey let their protagonist muse out loud on mortal peril in close quarters, and Abhik Ganguly conjures up a pantheon in his mythopoetic trips to ghats and fortresses.

Rob

Esmé Kaplan-Kinsey

Kali! I meditate on thee! andWaiting for Indra

Abhik Ganguly

January 28, 2024

Nina Miller slips bawdy genius in a juicy tale of unbridled desire, and Suzanne Johnston brings sinking news with a buoyant lining for swimmers.

You Never Forget Your First

Nina Miller

Only Good Swimmers Can Read My Book

Suzanne Johnston

January 21, 2024

François Bereaud records Wayne Sherman’s accounts of the choicest corpses in world history, and J.B. Polk spins a zany yarn on language, love and cross-cultural confuzzlement.

Yelp Reviews on the Experience of Viewing the Bodies of Famous Dead Men Who Might Have Been Dictators or Worse

Wayne Sherman & François Bereaud

Holy Guacamole

J.B. Polk

January 14, 2024

Shome Dasgupta probes his identity reminiscing an eventful upbringing amidst Indian and Cajun cultures, and Sumaira Khalid recounts a comedy of errors featuring family, cash and confusion at the airport.

Kolkata Chameleon

Shome Dasgupta

A Tale of Two Envelopes

Sumaira Khalid

January 7, 2024

D.C. Nobes lets words and images paint a picturesque account of sundown in Bali, and James Roth pens poignant recollections of his visit to the iron-willed Hiroshima.

El Niño Sunsets

D.C. Nobes

Visiting Hiroshima

James Roth

December 31, 2023

Melissa Flores Anderson recounts her trysts with humankind’s most polarising edible invention, and Sarp Sozdinler issues restraining orders against defilers of the swimming pool.

Movie Theater Popcorn

Melissa Flores Anderson

Anyone Who Has or Has Had Diarrhea in the Past Two Weeks Shall Not Use the Pool

Sarp Sozdinler

December 24, 2023

Julian Matthews shows us fear in (the lack of) a handful of a device, and Shamik Banerjee recounts a wild wedding, a suffocating marriage, and an aerial attack.

How to Find a Lost Phone Without Losing Your Mind

Julian Matthews

‘A Wedding Cataclysm’, ‘The Sleeptime Torture’, and ‘The Fly’

Shamik Banerjee

December 17, 2023

Delphine Gauthier-Georgakopoulos parodies the incorrigible bent for instant validation, and Jude Potts recounts a librarian’s emancipation from the daily grind.

The Virtual God of Insanity

Delphine Gauthier-Georgakopoulos

The Liberation of Anita Muff

Jude Potts

December 10, 2023

Pramod Subbaraman recounts colonial horrors in an “objectionable” poem brought back to life, and James Roth narrates his “educational” trip to an unassuming island in southern Japan.

Oh Poor Coolie! — The Poem that Rattled the Lit Community

Pramod Subbaraman

Okinoerabu

James Roth

December 3, 2023

Kayleigh Kitt turns the clock back in her delightful comedy of manners, and Mairead Robinson weaves a tragicomic tale on living with the inevitable.

It’s Unseasonably Warm for the Time of Year

Kayleigh Kitt

Harry’s Best Shoes, or, The Five Stages of Grief

Mairead Robinson

November 26, 2023

Sumaira Khalid recounts a smooth con job along the Persian Gulf in Ajman, UAE, and Akil Contractor reviews Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla’s unconventional handbook on numerology and spiritual healing.

The Great Camel Heist

Sumaira Khalid

An Unconventional Guide to Happiness — Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla’s Healing Elixir

Akil Contractor

November 19, 2023

Ojingiri Hannah goes bawdy in her salacious tale of men at “work” in Lagos, Nigeria, and Sarah Masters serves a humorous battle of wits in her electronic appropriation of the epistolary.

The Lagos Life

Ojingiri Hannah

Just click this link

Sarah Masters

November 12, 2023

Elancharan Gunasekaran narrates a redolent return to his family’s roots and rituals in Tamil Nadu, India, and Amy Grier reviews Steven Cramer’s musings on life, death, beauty and terror inspired by Rilke’s poetry.

Indian Summer and Faith

Elancharan Gunasekaran

Exploring the Intimate Space Between the Living and the Dead — Steven Cramer’s Departures from Rilke

Amy Grier

November 5, 2023

Sahana Ahmed remembers the legacy and quirks of a beloved Friend, and Hongwei Bao narrates a universal tale of human fears and façades.

Learning Perry

Sahana Ahmed

Straight Acting

Hongwei Bao

October 8, 2023

Julia Ruth Smith reminisces a rewarding family trip to scenic Gjirokaster in Albania, and Kendra Jackson amuses with her play on priorities at the end of the world.

That Day When We Were All Happy

Julia Ruth Smith

Never Let News of an Impending Apocalypse Affect the Time of Your Bake

Kendra Jackson

October 1, 2023

Stephen Mead pens a meditative piece baring the realm of his earthy soul, and Joyce Bingham recounts an adventure featuring obsessions, lost bargains, and death by love.

Becoming

Stephen Mead

Tobe Readpile

Joyce Bingham

September 24, 2023

Rahul Gaur writes of his travels to natural and human-made wonders, and Natalie Wolf shares slices of her feline overlord's multiverse of madness.

The Big Five and the Tall One

Rahul Gaur

When I Told My Cat He Couldn’t Go Outside

Natalie Wolf

September 17, 2023

Nuala McEvoy narrates her netherwordly adventures in neoclassical burlesque, and Mohini Sharda reviews Sahana Ahmed’s tale of love, catfights and other follies.

The Urine Sample

Nuala McEvoy

Wits, Brats and Heartaches — Sahana Ahmeds Combat Skirts

Mohini Sharda

September 10, 2023

Aneeta Sundararaj takes us on a divine journey to the cultural salad bowl, Alor Setar, and Sumitra Singam brings gods and humans together in a tale told in Indian pidgin.

Work of the Divine

Aneeta Sundararaj

After Going to Foreign Only I Saw Lord Vishnu

Sumitra Singam

September 3, 2023

Marie-Louise McGuinness weighs tradition against modernity in her vivid account of the Irish death ritual, and Hiram Larew bares foibles of our species in his lyrical discourse on the human comedy.

In Memory of the Irish Wake

Marie-Louise McGuinness

‘Lament’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, and ‘Soap Bubbles’

Hiram Larew

August 27, 2023

David Larsen recounts his service years steeped in alcohol, war buddies and a duel with a train, and Teté DePunk dissects an acclaimed biopic revealing its near-perfect innards with surgical precision.

Alcohol, Trains and Miracles

David Larsen

Visionary vs. Visceral — Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer

Teté DePunk (Teresa Carstetter)

August 20, 2023

Victoria Leigh Bennett pens an inspiring essay on exhibiting grace under pressure, and Jahnavi Gogoi delights with anecdotes featuring eccentric family members and hemophobia.

Preparations for Grace, or, What to Do When the Music Stops Playing

Victoria Leigh Bennett

Blood, Sweat and Rosogulla

Jahnavi Gogoi

August 13, 2023

D.C. Nobes bleeds bittersweet memories of his last travels with a loved one, and Victoria Leigh Bennett orchestrates an interspecies crossover in her nursery rhyme-inspired nonsense verse.

Her Last Birthday

D.C. Nobes

Significant Sorrows

Victoria Leigh Bennett

August 6, 2023

Sarah Das Gupta visits glens, lochs, peaks and moors in a hitchhiker's guide to the Scottish highlands, and Alka Balain reviews Nikita Parik's acclaimed poetry collection rich in language, culture and metaphor.

To the Man in Slippers and a Whiskey Salesman — Northward Bound!

Sarah Das Gupta

A City Awakens into Consciousness — Nikita Parik’s My City is a Murder of Crows

Alka Balain

July 30, 2023

Doug Bruns muses on myth, mystery, faith and the Dionysian–Apollonian dichotomy in human culture, and Sudha Subramanian takes us on a dreamy birding trip to lush and beautiful Uganda.

Returning to Camp

Doug Bruns

Uganda, a Birder’s Haven

Sudha Subramanian

July 23, 2023

Arti Jain recounts her tragicomic adventures with body shaming and cultural stereotypes, and John RC Potter reviews Onkar Sharma’s poignant poetry addressing a loved one’s struggles with depression and suicide.

At Home in My Skin

Arti Jain

A Reflection on Life in the Face of Death — Onkar Sharma’s Songs of Suicide

John RC Potter

July 16, 2023

Corey Paige furnishes Oscar-approved writing advice on taking our demons head-on, and Eleanor Ball reviews three indispensable picks for craft book-wary writers like her.

The Road to the Promised Land

Corey Paige

3 Craft Book Recommendations from Someone Who Hates Craft Books

Eleanor Ball

July 9, 2023

Karen Walker tells shows the lilting life cycle of a short-lived liaison, and Gopal Lahiri with his trademark panache reviews Ajanta Paul’s poetic musings on life and death, time and change, and more.

She Did, Then Dumped Me Six Months Later

Karen Walker

Tapestry of Soul Poems — Ajanta Paul’s From the Singing Bowl of the Soul

Gopal Lahiri

July 2, 2023

Erinola Daranijo recounts a nerve-racking encounter with an unexpected visitor at a neighbour’s apartment, and Jerome Berglund reviews Dr Sunil Sharma’s cinematic short fiction capturing the full spectrum of the human condition.

Pitch Black

Erinola Daranijo

A Zeitgeist of Empathy — Sunil Sharma’s Burn the Library and Other Fictions

Jerome Berglund

June 25, 2023

François Bereaud reminisces having witnessed an ancient dance ritual on the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona, and Achi Mishra, with her singular flair, pens confessions of a certain someone who has had enough.

Hopi Dance

François Bereaud

Alcoholics Anonymous

Achi Mishra

June 18, 2023

Sahana Ahmed takes us on an evocative reunion tour of the mountain city of Gangtok—her teenage crush, and Imelda Wei Ding Lo reviews R.N. Roveleh’s tale of gay warriors discovering identity, love and death amidst warring religions in 10th century Norway.

Meeting Gangtok

Sahana Ahmed

Lucky Wolf by R.N. Roveleh — A Medieval Tale about Identity, Love, and Death

Imelda Wei Ding Lo

June 11, 2023

Shahriar Shaams pens an elegant essay on growing up an oddball in cricket-crazy Bangladesh, and Melissa Flores Anderson regales with razor-sharp prescriptions on how best to use the unread New Yorkers infesting a household.

Full Toss: On Loving Baseball in a Cricket Crazy Nation

Shahriar Shaams

Eight Ways to Use The New Yorkers Piling Up Around Your House

Melissa Flores Anderson