Fiction Issue

Stories by John Updike, Tobias Wolff, Marjorie Kemper, Constance Squires, Sana Krasikov, and Bradford Tice; Edward J. Delaney assesses America's top writing programs; poems by Brendan Galvin, Linda Pastan, and others; Ann Patchett on writing, friendship, and censorship; our 2007 student poetry contest winners; and much more.

The Atlantic - Fiction Issue

Poetry

The Topaz Room

The Mice

The Believer

Ash

How Killer Blue Irises Spread

A winner of the Atlantic's 2007 Student Poetry Contest

The Wide Receiver Declares Himself Ready

A winner of the Atlantic's 2007 Student Poetry Contest

Tío Pancho’s Farewell

A winner of the Atlantic's 2007 Student Poetry Contest

Features

The Apparition

Milford did not want to draw too close to Lorena. At his age, he preferred to observe at a safe distance.

Specific Gravity

Father Timothy’s generosity had caused money problems. How much would he give up to solve them?

Running Out of Music

Lucinda felt like a spy, trading dangerous information with Private Nately that could end the Cold War in one fell swoop—and she really wanted that Rolling Stones album.

Bible

Her abductor didn’t want money or sex. So what was he after?

Maia in Yonkers

It was hard to be alone, so far away from her son. Could she bear to deny him this one thing?

Missionaries

Elder Case wanted to win enough converts to make district leader. Elder Joseph was … confused.

Where Great Writers are Made

Assessing America’s top graduate writing programs


Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

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