Poem: the Philly in me

Jim Trainer

days and nights down the drag
like sunny dominoes that
fall to their black side
trash food&football
pedicabs&cops
ATMs, cover bands
November looks no different

Letter from the Contest Coordinator

Nicole Marie Pasquarello-Mancuso

Philadelphia Stories is thrilled to announce the winner of our fifth annual short fiction contest, Che Yeun’s “One in Ten Fish Are Afraid of Water.” The 2013 judge–author and professor Mi

Essay: Ariel in Flames

Jorie Rao

The fan whirs above our heads. It is strong, but the heat still creeps up our legs as we sit in my room. Ally is sixteen this year. She keeps telling me that I need to treat her like an adult, that I should trust her with the same things I trust Belinda with, we are sisters after all.

Poem: San Francisco 1978-81

Irene Fick

Adrift in my twenties, I dropped anchor
at a jelly bean house perched high on a slope,
stroked by fog, straddling salty bay bridges.
Stripped to my senses, I strolled into North Beach

Poem: Turkey Vulture

Jeanette Tryon

a hunchback
in a black raincoat
face of black leather
 
broken wing
survives on cat food
and leftovers
 
from an apartment tenant
who pities
 

One in Ten Fish Are Afraid of Water

Che Yeun

Keiko finds you in the swimming pool, chest-deep in HELLO TODAY THE TEMPERATURE IS 26.5 DEGREES. This is how you get through swimming lessons: clutching onto the edge, bicycle-kicking your legs. Water overflows around you into skimmer drains. Your knuckles ache. Watch the clock.