At the restaurant, I pluck clamshells and oyster shells off customers’ plates and bring them home for my mother to throw. The other waiters watch me rummage through the garbage cans for shells that are whole and curved like the crater of a palm, and they laugh at me and say I must relate to…

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K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Resident Aliens, is forthcoming from One World. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.

Braden Maxwell

Braden Maxwell is an award-winning illustrator and internationally-known educator. He completed his BA in Idaho and his MFA in Illustration from SCAD. Braden specializes in editorial, publishing, and advertising. On top of freelance work, Braden has worked as an educator focusing primarily on drawing fundamentals, painting, and digital techniques. Braden has shown his work in multiple juried shows in galleries across the United States, gaining acclaim from Illustration publications such as 3x3 magazine.

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