Just One Thing with Alex Simand

We are delighted that our current featured memoir, "A Tall Order," comes from Alex Simand. And again, if you haven't read it yet, we're on hiatus for July, so go ahead and check it out, with the rest of our June issue. We've got time! Alex recently shared with us a truly beautiful cat photo, and just one thing about writing trauma and "A Tall Order": "I don’t always know what I’m writing about until days, sometimes weeks, after I’ve written it. This is especially true when it

Just One Thing with Ashley Burnett

Our June issue's short story, "You're 19," comes from the wonderful Ashley Burnett. And if you haven't read it, our July hiatus is a great time to catch up with this and all the great work in our June issue! Ashley recently shared with us a great photo of the alpaca whose acquaintance she recently made and just one thing about art imitating life -- or not -- and the conversation that brought to write "You're 19." "My story, 'You're 19,' was inspired by a guy who once tried to

Just One Thing with Timea Balogh

Earlier this week, we shared Mátyás Dunajcsik’s thoughts about writing this month's featured poem, "Sixteen Theses on Walking and Poetry," and today, Timea Balogh, who translated the poem from Hungarian to English, tells us how she came to the poem, walking in Budapest, and the collaboration of translation: Budapest from Gellert Hill "I was first introduced to Mátyás Dunajcsik’s writing at the beginning of last summer, when the Petőfi Literary Museum asked me to translate “Si

Just One Thing with Mátyás Dunajcsik

June's featured poem comes from Mátyás Dunajcsik, who wrote "Sixteen Theses on Walking and Poetry" in Hungarian, and Timea Balogh, who crafted the English translation. Here, Mátyás shares some photos of Budapest (top) and Dresden and tells us one more thing about writing the poem, Budapest, and the relationship between poetry, language, and walking: At the time I wrote this piece, a little less than ten years ago, I was still living in Budapest, Hungary, the city I was born a

Just One Thing with Erin Slaughter

Erin Slaughter is this month's featured poet, and we are absolutely in love with her poem, "Notes on Un-Apology." (We are also in love with her cat, Amelia, because obviously.) Here, she shares with us just one thing about how her poem came to be: “Notes on Un-Apology” was written during my first weekend at a writers’ and artists’ residency in Woodstock, New York, on the summer solstice, in a thunderstorm, in an ancient gorgeous eerie wooden mansion, after re-reading Maggie W

Just One Thing with John Shakespear

Our January flash comes from John Shakespear, and if you need a breathless, one-sentence story in your life (and who doesn't?!), then "Origin Story" is the perfect match for you. Take a peak at John's workspace and learn more about the origin of the story: "'Origin Story'" was the first thing I wrote after moving to Nashville in August 2017. The night before my partner and I left Boston, I played one last gig with a band called Atlas Lab that I’d been with for a few years.

Just One Thing with Kat Moore

We are so thrilled for the chance to publish Kat Moore, the author of this month's featured memoir. If you haven't yet read "When god is a man inside my mouth," just stop here. We'll wait. Okay. Good. Kat kicks off the first Just One Thing of the year, sharing with us a behind-the-scenes look at revising the piece and also two of the cutest cats that ever been photographed: "The first draft was written for a workshop in 2014. I didn’t revise it for a long time. In the summer

Just One Thing with Tyler Dunning

We're still celebrating our unofficial wrestling issue, thanks to Tyler Dunning's excellent memoir, "Learning How to Fall." Tyler shared with us a drawing of skullcap by artist Alyssa Dennis and just one thing about the inspiration behind "Learning to Fall" -- and it's probably not what you were thinking: Skullcap drawing by Alyssa Dennis "Two years ago a fellow writer and I resolved to select herbaceous plants each week to act as inspiration for micro-essays. What bloomed wa

Just One Thing with Jakob Guanzon

This issue has turned into our unofficial wrestling issue, thanks in part to Jakob Guanzon's fantastic story, "Repent, Macho Man Randy Savage" -- recently selected as Longform Fiction's pick of the week! Here, Jakob shares his Randy shrine and just one thing about the story: "A lot of my stories fiddle with the ways we try to reconcile contradictions, and I figured a pretty funny platform for this idea would be professional wrestling. It’s a theater of toxic masculinity yet f

Just One Thing with Helen McClory

We're in love with Helen McClory's story, "An Apocalypse in Seven Stages" -- this November's featured flash. Here, she shares with us just one thing about the writing of the story, as well as a snapshot of the van where she was living when she wrote it: "I wrote 'An Apocalypse in Seven Stages' while volunteering on a horse farm in central Portugal, far from anyone I knew. The farm was out on its ​​own down a dirt track, miles from the nearest hamlet, and the farmer could only

Just One Thing with Marvin Shackelford

Our October issue is fresh from the literary oven, and coming in hot is Marvin Shackelford. Marvin is the author of this month's featured flash, "Trying To Put It Away." Here he shares with us some truly spectacular pups and just one thing about his flash, truth, and fiction: "The Braves were in Colorado and the Reds in Pittsburgh the night my grandmother died, but I'd have sworn that's who I heard playing on TV. I had to consult schedules. There's never more than bits and pi

Just One Thing with Michelle Ross

We've mentioned how excited we are to feature a collaborative short story from Kim Magowan and Michelle Ross in our September issue. (So excited!) Not only is "Amuse-bouches" a wonderful read, but it's a fantastic example of collaboration. Michelle tells us just one thing about how this writing duo works: "Kim and I wrote this episodic story in alternating paragraphs, trading the story back and forth. Once Kim wrote the final episode, which immediately felt like the ending, I

Just One Thing with Harrison Geosits

We are so happy to bring you the work of Harrison Geosits this month. Harrison is the author of September's featured memoir, "Midnight, Branson." He gives us a glimpse at the inspiration behind the piece, as well as a picture of the most perfect baby: "'Midnight, Branson' is about two young men who explore their sexuality during a school trip, an experience which shaped my identity for years to follow. However, writing the story never occurred to me until I moved in to the ap

Just One Thing with Belinda Hermawan

Obviously we're huge fans of Belinda Hermawan's work, and we're not the only ones. Her short story "Bound" -- part of our excellent July issue -- was recently featured as Longform Fiction's pick of the week. Here, she shares a super-cute duck and one thing you wouldn't otherwise know about "Bound": "Although this is a work of fiction, the first two lines are autobiographical in that a Chinese fortune teller actually did tell me this 'past life' tale to my teenage self. The re

Just One Thing with Brooke Larson

Brooke Larson is the author of this month's featured flash fiction, and she's just as wonderfully talented with fashion as she is with words -- the dress you see is one she's working on. Here, she tells us one thing you otherwise know about her Split Lip story "Space Goggles": "Recently I had the chance to perform this. It’s part of a collection, “Origami Drama,” in which each piece interacts with the paper it’s written on. I have fun reading them. So there I am, having a

Just One Thing with Tanya Grae

This month's featured poet, Tanya Grae, kicks off July's round of Just One Thing -- our behind-the-scenes feature where our contributors share one thing that you wouldn't otherwise know about their work. Here, Tanya shares a snapshot of her pets Cody and Jasper and just one thing about her poem, "How to Care for a Narcissist." "A few weeks post-break-up, he calls me, and after hellos, drops this opening line. I thought about it for years and finally laid it down. That’s the

Just One Thing with...Martha Silano

Martha Silano is the author of this month's featured poem, "You can't trust." If you haven't read it yet, just open up another browswer tab real quick. We'll wait. She brings us this quote from Marcel Duchamp, saying, "I have been obsessed lately with slowing down my life, my way in the world. This has been part of self-improvement project I began a couple of months ago, beginning with committing to a 6 am yoga class at least 2x a week, taking FB, Twitter, and Instagram apps

Just One Thing with Felicity Fenton

Our June issue has entered the world, and we're kicking of a new round of Just One Thing with this month's featured memoir writer Felicity Fenton, who shares with us something you might now know about "To and From": "To and From" was taken from a larger collection I just finished that considers the body, adolescence, and faulty connections I’ve experienced (to myself and others). The memoirs required me to dig back into some of the most uncomfortable territory I’ve known. Qu

Just One Thing with Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint

We hope you've been loving Just One Thing as much as we have! Our contributors have shared a variety of behind-the-scenes details that expand our enjoyment and understanding of their work. We're closing out the May edition of Just One Thing with Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, author this month's flash fiction, "Ghost Story." We highly recommend rushing back to re-read it after you learn about this one thing: "Ghost Story" was first written with the pronoun we not they: "We wanted to

Just One Thing with Brandon Melendez

Just One Thing -- where our contributors share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their Split Lip work -- continues with Brandon Melendez, the author of this month's featured poem, "Alprazolam": "One of the central metaphors in this poem deals with anxiety-inducing idea of being filled with bees. That metaphor wasn't pulled out of thin air, I actually once had an experience where I was mobbed by a swarm of wasps and bees AT THE SAME TIME. They were in my hair, on my face, in my