Michael Gonzales

It was the fall of 1972 when I transferred to St. Catherine of Genoa in Washington Heights. On the first day of class a bugged wild boy named Tom Lowe, a short cat skin the color of a Hershey bar and a perfect Afro, served a...

Eddie Woods

Summer of 1980. I was again in New York for several days after a couple of weeks in San Francisco and before flying back to Amsterdam. One balmy evening I felt like a stroll along Eighth Avenue, up from Times Square and head...

Drew Hubner

An excerpt from East of Bowery by Drew Hubner and Ted Barron Buy it on Amazon - $15.95 Also available in Kindle format - $9.95 The next morning I was awakened before dawn when a squad of SWAT cops in vests stepped into ...

Michael A. Gonzales

Going to daddy's gaudy Harlem apartment every other weekend was one of the highlights of my childhood. Living in the heart of the hood, he worked as a full-time barber and part time hustler. A sawed off Puerto Rican who stoo...

J. Boyett

My lover and I decided to stop using our bodies. Of course we had to keep using them—for things like breathing, eating, being alive—but we decided to stop using them when making love. “Because isn't it a spiritual th...

Darius James

Clunkitty-clunkitty CLUNK-CLUNK-CLUNK!!! This was not the clatter of the goat-hooved devil girls on the roof of the Froggie Family home. Clunkitty-clunkitty CLUNK-CLUNK-CLUNK!!! Nor the gentle patter of ballet-slippered...

Stewart Home

was told the fastest route to Hell was by Metro. I took a train to South Hades. The local information map had Mount Olympus and numerous other mythological sites from the major world religions marked on it as being located ...

Jill Rapaport

The children of George Washington can thank their thirteen-plus stars that wooden teeth like his do not mar their cheerful visages; and I speak as one descended in part from the brave general, and specifically the daughter o...

Craig Clevenger

Lyle let his engine rattle for a ten count before he killed the ignition and stepped out. The snuffed porch light and the blanket nailed across the apartment window served as warning that he had best signal his arrival, that...