Creative Writing

Selected works of fiction and creative non-fiction

Please Stand Back

We’re on the Grand Street station waiting for the B. David leans in, craning his neck to look for train lights inside the tunnel. “Hey,” I say, nodding toward the edge of the platform. “Don’t stand so close.” He smiles and rolls his eyes, but takes a step back, raises his eyebrows as if asking,…

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Lands, Horses, Bones

Something is always lost when putting Brazilian thoughts on American paper. They resist English articulation. But Brazilian thoughts are not all created equal: when thinking of my country, most people will think of beaches or slums. They won’t think of the Pampas of my home state. They won’t think of the Northeastern Sertão either, or…

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A Girl’s Guide to the Man Hunt

I live for the chase. One of my favorite parts is the walk to the bar. I relish in every little detail: the sound of my heels, the swing of my hips, the flow of my dress. That’s when I am most filled with intent, and it’s when I feel most alive. A purposeful woman…

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At age six, my parents got me a turtle, which I hated with a burning passion. I knew even then that the thing was a consolation prize after countless whiny requests for a dog. I would stare at that ugly, dark, cold animal for what seemed like hours, in the hopes that just by wishing…

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