Tag Archive | Fiction

Hear, Here…

The voice woke her up in the middle of the night. “It’s time.” “Okay, sure,” she mumbled. She looked over at her clock – 2:28am. Of course. She didn’t know where she was headed, and she didn’t care. Over the last few days, she came to understand that the voice was not to be ignored. Ignoring […]

Book Review: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

“You ain’t strong like she is. You got a soul that cain’t be still. Your mama did too at one time, but she wrestled it down. Yours look like it’s running you.” Ayana Mathis’ debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is a collection of short stories that speak life to the complexities of Black […]

Go to the River (unfinished)

I stood at the river bank and envied the water. Despite the scattering of debris left by my careless fellow humans, the water flowed, disturbed yet determined. Twisting, turning. Making paths around, over and through plastic water bottles, lost toys and a used condom. I longed to be like the river, to keep to my […]

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“I’d expect more out of someone who was pre-med. You should wash your hands.” She licked her fingers, smacking loudly as she pulled each one from her mouth. “I told you not to expect anything from me.” “Don’t you have to live up to some Hippocratic oath of cleanliness?” She waved me away as she pushed […]

Let’s Have Brunch

i sat across the table from them in the overpriced restaurant. the woman that i loved, and her brand new lover. i watched them. listened as they dove into open-ended questions meant for the discovery phase of a new connection. sipped my cucumber water as they flirted in hushed tones. what was i doing here? […]

Book Review: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie

I’ve been tapped to do book reviews for Elixher.com, a website dedicated to “all things empowering, thought-provoking, and pertinent to the Black female queer community and experience.” It’s one of my favorite sites these days, so I’m really honored to be able to bring something to the Elixher community. My first review is of the […]

Morning Ritual

Just as Talise was about to surrender to the faceless, melanin-heavy woman poised to enter her, the morning alarm snatched her into consciousness. Wet, slightly irritable and fully awake, she grabbed her phone and quieted the alarm, resisting the temptation to throw it across the room. Instead, she checked for missed late night messages, phone calls, […]