Online Fiction: Interview with S. P. Tenhoff


In this month’s fiction feature, S. P. Tenhoff does to a border what Wallace Stevens did to a blackbird—he lets it write him. Mr. Tenhoff’s “Ten Views of the Border” outlines the bewilderment of a newly divided populace by detailing a scandalous cross-border birth, two intricately mirrored origin stories, and the troubling circumstances of a woman whose very existence seems the hinge on which the border depends. […]

Ten Views of the Border


The imposition of borders was met, initially, with something akin to relief. This isn’t to say that the citizens of the region were pleased at the prospect of seeing their familiar world dismantled before their eyes, but the period leading up to the imposition had been, let us not forget, pestered by rumor and anxiety. Now at least matters had been decided, and there was a general hope on the part of both the Northwestern and Southeastern Inhabitants (strange to hear ourselves defined this way!) that life would return to normal. […]

Online Fiction: Interview with Monica McFawn

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This month we’re excited to bring you Monica McFawn’s captivating “Ornament and Crime,” the story of a family surviving the tyranny of a father’s taste for minimalism. It’s a sharp-witted tale that manages to bend something as lofty as aesthetics into strange, tender moments. Monica lives in Michigan, where she teaches writing at Grand Valley State University. […]

Inside the Issue: The Roots of “Are You My Mother?”


“Are You My Mother?”–the clever gem that concludes our new issue, by Short(er)-Fiction-prize-winner Sabrina Orah Mark–has what we might think of as a famous grandmother. A great many of us were raised on P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book of the same title. Eastman’s book, first published in 1960, is a widely adored story about the search for love and belonging. Mark’s story takes this allegory and drags it […]

Ornament and Crime


My father has died and in my hand are his remains—ashes pressed and fired into a small, flattish cube—and I’m laboring to insert him into something so he sits flush.  He always wished to be a geometric form (so often did he rail against “the tyranny of the organic”) so I could tell myself he’d […]


Huge congrats to the authors whose ASF stories were recognized as notables, or distinguished reads, in the most recent Best American Short Stories and Best American Non Required Reading anthologies: Laura van den Berg, Robert Boswell, Maggie Shipstead, Roxane Gay, and James DeWille.

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