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Erin Kate Ryan
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Erin Kate Ryan’s work has appeared in Glimmer Train and A cappella Zoo, and she was a 2014 Fellow at the Edward Albee Foundation and Hambidge Creative Center residency programs. “Many Deaths of Paula Jean Welden” is the afterword to a two-month-long experiential fiction that employed traditional text, social media, image, signage, fine art, puzzle, rumor, and chance to tell the story of a missing girl, and that concluded in June 2014. Paula Jean Welden, the missing girl at the center of the project, disappeared from Bennington College on December 1, 1946. She has never been found.

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Vol. 78
Fear Itself
Spring 2022
Edited by Bradford Morrow

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June 22, 2022
No, that’s not it, that’s not how it happens, it’s—

—because I’m here, have been for years and years, in the backseat of the Oldsmobile 88, top down, wind enraged, tearing along some country road at night, Jackson drunk at the wheel, Ruthie by his—

—the world all quick nervous giggles and skinfizz, the whirled world, the world like leaves spinning in a crazy autumn gust, only it’s not autumn, no, that’s, it’s what, it’s—
June 15, 2022
THE SPEECH OF THE THIN KING’S MINDER

The thin king bound in the fiery hollow shook
The chain by which his left arm was suspended
And from a hatch that rattled open just

Above his right eye dropped a demon like
A glass-winged gerbil, who immediately
Began to stab the thin king’s pupil with

A dripping claw, and said, Forgive me, king,
For my unwilling violence. I bite
My paws off, but they grow back while I chew


So that I wonder while I’m chewing, Is
This still my paw I’m chewing, and, forgive
Me, king, but that thought helps me swallow.
June 8, 2022
He decided he would die and then
drove through mortality,

a motorcyclist in heavy traffic. He
was afraid for his dog, which he had

loved and abused. The neighbor said no
to taking it, but he died anyway and

the dog—no one knows. Cigarette butts
and dogshit left in the litter of his lawn.
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