1. The Three Words That Almost Ruined Me as a Writer: ‘Show, Don’t Tell’-Sonya Huber (Lit Hub)

  2. Ocean Vuong: America “Has Amnesia” About Tiger Woods-Maris Kriezman (WSJ)

  3. The Highest Suicide Rate in the World-Helen Epstein (The New York Review of Books)

  4. The Beauty of Being Bilingual-Natalia Sylvester (The New York Times)

  5. The Quickening-Leslie Jamison (The Atlantic)

  6. El Lago-Eduardo Halfon (New York Review of Books)

  7. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous-Ocean Vuong

  8. The Crane Wife-CJ Hauser (The Paris Review)

  9. The Interestings-Meg Wolitzer

  10. The Making of a Millennial Woman-Rebecca Liu (Another Gaze)

  11. The Wife-Meg Wolitzer

  12. Heartberries-Terese Marie Mailhot

  13. The Friend-Sigrid Nunez

  14. Brass-Xhenet Aliu

  15. On Being a Woman in American While Trying to Avoid Being Assaulted-R.O. Kwon (The Paris Review)

  16. This Will Be My Undoing-Morgan Jerkins


  1. When Your Mother Country Becomes a Foreign Land-Cindy Lamothe (Catapult)

  2. Why the #MeToo Movement Still Has a Lot Left to Do-Roxane Gay (Refinery29)

  3. What Does a Political Story Look Like in 2018?-Roxane Gay (Lit Hub)

  4. Texas Detention Camp Swells Fivefold with Migrant Children-Edwin Delgado (The Guardian)

  5. The Morality Wars-Wesley Morris (The New York Times)

  6. Self-Portrait With Boy-Rachel Lyon

  7. A Sociologist Examines the 'White Fragility' that Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism-Katy Waldman (the New Yorker)

  8. We're All Unreliable Narrators: Talking with R.O. Kwon-Monet Patrice Thomas (The Rumpus)

  9. "White Gays"-James Fitzpatrick (the New Yorker)

  10. A Mother Grieves: Orca Whal Continues to Carry Her Dead Calf into a Second Day-Lynda V. Mapes (The Seattle Times)

  11. Who is Anna March-Melissa Chadburn and Carolyn Kellogg (LA Times)

  12. The Littlest Don Quixotes Versus the World-Valeria Luiselli

  13. Inside the Slow-Motion Disaster on the Southern Border: Testimony from the Rio Grande Valley-Laura Tillman

  14. Receta en el Cajón-Natalie Scenters-Zapico

  15. My Misspent Youth-Meghan Daum (the New Yorker)

  16. Report from the Field: Getting Along Shouldn't Be an Ambition-Jean Ho (VIDA)

  17. A Lovely Grave for Learning: Exhuming the Dead of Guatemala's Genocide-Alexa Hagerty (LARB)

  18. Stephen Florida-Gabe Habash

  19. Ask Roxane: I'm Outraged but Failing at Activism. Why?-The New York Times

  20. Refresh, Refresh-Benjamin Percy

  21. Nobel Lecture-Toni Morrison

  22. And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready-Meaghan O'Connel

  23. Everyone Knows You Go Home-Natalia Sylvester

  24. 17 Things I Learned in 2017-Natalia Sylvester

  25. I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great-Lindy West (The New York Times)

  26. The Wife of the Lion-Hernán Díaz (KR Online)

  27. Love and Trouble-Claire Dederer

  28. Object Permanence-Nicole Sealey (APR)

  29. Publishing Your First Book: Advice for First Time Authors-Shelly Oria (Poets & Writers)

  30. Roxane Gay on Clothes in the Workplace (The Guardian)

  31. Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction-Benjamin Percy

  32. Out in the Open-Jesús Carrasco

  33. Han Kang and the Complexity of Translation-Jiayang Fan (The New Yorker)

  34. Harmless Like You-Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

  35. I'm Rooting for Everybody Black-Cortney Lamar Charleston (poets.org)

  36. Francine Prose's Problem-Gina Apostol (Los Angeles Review of Books)

  37. I Used to Insist I Didn't Get Angry. Not Anymore.-Leslie Jamison (The New York Times Magazine)

  38. The Cactus Mother: Nine Plants, Zero Kids-Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Catapult)

  39. On Reclamation-Shay Alexi (Tinderbox Poetry)



  1. Cat Person-Kristen Roupenian (The New Yorker)

  2. In the Country: Stories-Mia AlvarExit West-Mohsin Hamid

  3. Behold the Dreamers-Imbolo Mbue

  4. Eat Only When You're Hungry-Lindsay Hunter

  5. Sing, Unburied, Sing–Jesmyn Ward

  6. New People–Danzy Senna

  7. Who Will Greet You At Home–Lesley Nneka Arimah

  8. Prayer–Natalie Mesnard (KR Online)

  9. Everything is Far from Here–Cristina Henríquez (The New Yorker)

  10. Don't Give HBO's Confederate the Benefit of the Doubt–Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic)

  11. Cristina Henríquez on Immigration, Detention, and Missing Names (The New Yorker)

  12. Hunger–Roxane Gay

  13. Marriage of a Thousand Lies–SJ Sindu

  14. Bad Feminist–Roxane Gay

  15. How to Write an Internet Essay to Support Your Novel–Gabe Habash (Lit Hub)

  16. How to Write a Poetry Review–Glynn Young (Tweet Speak Poetry)

  17. Four "Types" of Creative Writing Careers–Tom Tulathimutte (Catapult)

  18. Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Winter Time–Haki R. Madhubuti (Poetry)

  19. Wonderland–Shoaib Alam (KR Online)

  20. "Teaching My Mother English Over the Phone" and "My Mother's Been Trying to Kill Me Since the Day I was Born"–Eloisa Amezcua (Diode Poetry)

  21. Come Together, Fall Apart–Cristina Henríquez

  22. White People Always Want to Tell Me They Grew Up Poor—Megan Fernandez (The Common)

  23. The Book of Unknown Americans—Cristina Henríquez

  24. Autobiography of Red–Anne Carson

  25. So Often the Body Becomes a Distraction–Kaveh Akbar (DIAGRAM)

  26. Trayvon–Luther Hughes (The Shallow Ends)

  27. Break-up Letter to My Clitoris—Kendra DeColo (THRUSH)

  28. It's Just That I'm Not Really into Politics–Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (BOATT)

  29. Bumping into My Dead Mother at the German Deli–Tammy Robacker (Whale Road Review)

  30. Tuesday Night in Montparnasse–Sasha Pimentel (The Normal School)

  31. I Only Want to Talk About Nice Things–Claire Lombardo (Little Fiction)

  32. Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar–Aimee Nezhukumatathil (KR Online)

  33. Soil Horizon–Tiana Clark (poets.org)

  34. Ode to the Pubic Hair Stuck in My Throat–Hieu Minh Nguyen (BOAAT Journal)

  35. Karyotype–Jasmine Cui (Glass: A Journal of Poetry)

  36. When Life Gives You Lemons–Ariel Francisco (The Ofi Press Magazine)

  37. Tepoztlán Blues–Norma Liliana Valdez (Tinderbox Poetry)

  38. Neckbone–Malcolm Tariq (Tinderbox Poetry)

  39. Ethnic Hair–Geoff Anderson (Whale Road Review)

  40. The President Has Never Said the Word 'Black'–Morgan Parker (The New York Times Magazine)

  41. Matt–Morgan Parker (Sixth Finch)

  42. Everything I Never Told You—Celeste Ng

  43. Mother Tongue–Demetria Martinez

  44. Homegoing–Yaa Gyasi

  45. Cayucos–Eduardo C. Corral (poets.org)

  46. Why Birds–Jennifer Givhan (The Pinch)

  47. Always Happy Hour–Mary Miller

  48. An Index of Small Stings–Huda Al-Marashi (The Offing)

  49. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine–Alexandra Kleeman

  50. The Vegetarian–Han Kang

  51. The State Para-Military Force Speaks–Raena Shirali (Boston Review)

  52. In Colorado My Father Scoured and Stacked Dishes–Eduardo C. Corral (Poetry Magazine)

  53. How I Learned to Walk–Javier Zamora (Poetry Magazine)

  54. The Full Text of Roxane Gay's WI12 Speech–Publishers Weekly



  1. The Feels of Love-T Kira Madden (Guernica)

  2. That Night Alive-Tara Deal

  3. Problems-Jade Sharma

  4. Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down – Anne Valente

  5. Sonora – Hannah Lilith Assadi

  6. The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan

  7. The Shatter of Birds – Javier Zamora (Four Way Review)

  8. Marrow Island – Alexis M. Smith

  9. Hide & Seek – Katie Cortese (New South)

  10. The Throwback Special – Chris Bachelder

  11. "Grinning in Sardinia" and "Circus Pony" – Tómas Q. Morín (Paris-American)

  12. Whale Fall – Rebecca Griggs (Granta)

  13. Before You Throw Her Body Down - LaTanya McQueen (Ninth Letter)

  14. The President Has Never Said The Word 'Black'-Morgan Parker (NY Times)

  15. The Forgotten History of Banana Republic—Kashana Cauley (Catapult)

  16. Frank Ocean, Harper Lee, and the Reclusive Artist—Eve L. Ewing (The Atlantic)

  17. Interview with Safiyah Sinclair (KR Online)

  18. The Mother–Maggie Smith (Waxwing)

  19. Rain Over Madrid–Andrés Barba

  20. To Know You Better–Chrissy Martin (Small Po[r]tions)

  21. The Pariah and I–Porochista Khakpour (Bennington Review)

  22. 5 Fictional Vegetarians Who Defy Stereotypes-Kristen Martin (Lit Hub)

  23. Quinceañera Preparations (at 19th and Nicholson) - Matty Layne (Flyleaf Journal)

  24. The Generals of South America - M. Soledad Caballero (Memorious)

  25. Notes from the Milk Cave - Sarah Menkedick (The Paris Review)

  26. Remedies –Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Bellevue Literary Review

  27. Love Letter - Shasta Grant (Hobart)

  28. Chamomile - Mary Lenoir Bond (Rust + Moth)

  29. How the Literary Class System is Impoverishing Literature-Lorraine Berry (Lit Hub)

  30. At the Bottom of the River – Jamaica Kincaid

  31. Trespass – David L. Ulin (Guernica)

  32. Day Come White, Night Come Black – Anna Boshka (Wax Wing)

  33. The Story of any Teeth - Valeria Luiselli

  34. The Sky Over Lima - Juan Gómez Bárcena

  35. Love Invents Us – Amy Bloom

  36. Produce – Steph Colbourn (The Offing)

  37. Gulf Return – Deepak Unnikrishnan (Guernica)

  38. The Culling - Jasmine Sawers (Ploughshares)

  39. My Friend Diane – Emily Flouton (SmokeLong Quarterly)

  40. Boy – Brent Anthony Johnston (The American Scholar)

  41. The Midnight Zone - Lauren Groff (The New Yorker)

  42. Asylum - Hala Alyan (Guernica)

  43. Temples - Adrienne Celt (Epoch)

  44. Pomegranate – Karissa Chen (Guernica)

  45. The Girls – Emma Cline

  46. Rosalee Carrasco - Tomika M. Breland (Winner of 2014/15 Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest)

  47. The Rememberer –Aimee Bender (from The Girl in the Flammable Skirt)

  48. Marion –Emma Cline, (The Paris Review)

  49. Kiddio at the Wedding - Mary O'Donoghue (Granta)

  50. An Act of Vengeance – Isabel Allende

  51. Collection Day – Kathy Fish

  52. One Hundred Years of Loneliness – Oindrila Mukherjee (Arts & Letters, Issue 31)

  53. The Contents of Her Stomach – Chelsea Laine Wells (Cease, Cows)

  54. Only the Good – Maria Adelmann (Indiana Review, Vol 37, Number 2)

  55. Fruit Series – Opal Palmer Adisa

  56. Animal Control – Ryan Bradford (Paper Darts)

  57. Nell – Colleen O'Brien (Willow Springs, 77)

  58. Cinder Blocks – Bradley Bazzle (Epoch, Vol 62.1)

  59. Memories of My Meloncholy Whores – Gabriel García-Marquez

  60. Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories – Edited by James Thomas & Robert Shapard

  61. The Dinner Party – Joshua Ferris

  62. The Caretaker – Anthony Doerr

  63. Pet Milk – Stuart Dybek

  64. Adventure – Sherwood Anderson

  65. The Last Thing We Need – Claire Vaye Watkins

  66. Reference #388475848-5 – Amy Hempel

  67. An Official Reply – Ha Jin

  68. The Gift of the Magi – O.Henry

  69. The Necklace – Guy de Maupassant

  70. The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin

  71. Darling – Kim Chinquee (Indiana Review, Vol 37, Number 2)

  72. If That's All There Is – Mona Awad (Electric Literature)

  73. Making Shapely Fiction – Jerome Stern

  74. Gutshot – Amelia Gray

  75. Nilda – Junot Díaz

  76. Girl – Jamaica Kincaid

  77. Brownies – ZZ Packer

  78. Nirvana – Adam Johnson