When he got to his parents’ house, Sam threw his suitcase in his room and headed straight for the pantry. He’d quit swimming his sophomore year but never stopped the high-calorie diet, and five years later he had put on forty pounds. He was starting to look like the chubby guys he found himself always…

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Jason Villemez

Jason Villemez is based in Philadelphia, PA. His short fiction has appeared in Post Road, Ruminate, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Foglifter. His nonfiction has appeared in the PBS NewsHour, Philadelphia Gay News, and many other LGBT newspapers. He has an MFA in creative writing from Boston University and has taught at BU and the Boston Arts Academy. He lives with his husband and their dog. Learn more about Jason at www.jasonvillemez.com or say hello to him on Twitter @jasonvillemez.

Kiyoung Kim

Kiyoung Kim is a Korea-based digital painting illustrator who studied Illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design. As an explorer of new ideas with varying approaches, she looks for inspiration in words, especially from expressive poems and short stories of people’s momentary feelings and thoughts, to create fresh illustrations. She allows the audience to wander her simply and smoothly painted images, where the subject’s outer world and inner world coexist.

First Featured In: No. 14, summer 2019

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