An Abecedarian of Loss

abecedariantwenty-six letters, each one a compact unit of communication, a twisted riddle, a maze of red tape from well-lit offices; the only means of containing my sorrow now that all I have left of my brother are memories and letters. brotherat five, wearing a fringed cowboy shirt, he fires at stink bugs with a dime-store...
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Sherry Shahan

Sherry Shahan lives in a funky beach town in California where she grows carrot tops in ice cube trays for pesto. Her imaginings have appeared in Oxford University Press, Exposition Review, Confrontation, ZYZZYVA, The Writer and forthcoming from Gargoyle. Her young adult novel Skin and Bones is a quirky love story set in an eating disorders treatment program. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught a creative writing course for UCLA Extension for 10 years.

Daniel Reneau

Daniel Reneau is a Denver-based illustrator skilled in digital and traditional mediums and specializes in horror, fantasy, science fiction, and comic book illustration. He is the co-creator of the graphic novel Zombiraq, a winner of the 2013 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Award, and a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Learn more at

First Featured In: No. 17, winter 2020

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