New Voices: “Reading”


“I wake up half an hour before Chicago, when a woman goes into labor. We make an emergency stop in Irving Park, near where I used to work, and where an ambulance is waiting at the station. The whole car listens to the baby cry for twenty minutes before the mother’s stretchered off. The woman across the aisle whispers, ‘That tiny person stopped a train.’”

A bracing story about love and loss is the latest offering in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors.

Katherine J. Lee is a bicoastal writer and artist who has worked as a legal library filer, writing instructor, shop girl, textile artist, college prep tutor, memoir editor, artist’s assistant, and gardener. Her work has been published in Storychord, fwriction : review, and Cactus Heart.