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Uncovering My Grandfather’s Past by Michaela Lawlor
Uncovering My Grandfather’s Past by Michaela Lawlor

As I begin my second semester of the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, I am excited to start writing my thesis. I’ve chosen to write a screenplay about my grandfather’s life growi…

Now Accepting Submissions: Hallow’s Eve Horror, a Poor Yorick Special Publication
Now Accepting Submissions: Hallow’s Eve Horror, a Poor Yorick Special Publication

Show us your best flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or photo essays that will make our hearts pound and skin crawl–monsters, haunts, gothics, psychological thrillers, or murders most foul.

“This Piece Just Didn’t Grab Me:” Reflections on Rejection from the (Former) Editor
“This Piece Just Didn’t Grab Me:” Reflections on Rejection from the (Former) Editor

As the Poor Yorick Editor, I didn’t want to wear an ermine cape. I went into the experience steeled against the allure of a power trip, but I didn’t need to worry. When I ascended those steps on w…

Protected: So Art Deco

Over the weekend, I rediscovered an antique chair in my nana’s crawlspace. She purchased it from an antique store in Vermont, and it occupied various rooms in her Connecticut home until she retired …

Obscure Items in Obscure Places

During one of my many travels through abandoned insane asylums, I stumbled upon a forgotten object that now calls my antique armoire home. Rockland County Psychiatric Center holds a special place in m…

A New Home for a Historic House in Trumbull
A New Home for a Historic House in Trumbull

I. John Naeher, director of operations at Christian Heritage School of Trumbull, Connecticut, was in balmy Orlando on a school errand in April 2015 when he received a distressing call.Bob Dunn,…

Anna’s Billy Club

Grandma always blamed the pain in her arthritic knees on the diner.Anna was a small-framed, round-shouldered, stately old woman dressed in black. She had sunken cheeks on a round, wrinkled face, t…

Ode to a Bright Idea

A common household annoyance begins with a flash and a small puff of smoke. It’s time to change a light bulb. However, imagine if you had a light bulb that never burned out. My mother has one of tho…

A Mysterious German Bible from 1898
A Mysterious German Bible from 1898

When I was sixteen, a European exchange student enrolled at my small-town high school for the year. I was, of course, instantly infatuated and placed myself front and center to gain his favor. He was …

Campbell Soup Kids

I found a toy that may have belonged to your great-grandparents once upon a time. A little thrift store called Safe Haven sells items that were once held so dear to someone that they were pristinely c…

An American Lord in the British Court

My boyfriend Travis’s family can trace its lineage all the way back to Sybil Ludington. Having the blood of an original patriot like her running through their veins makes it no surprise that his famil…

The Crying Ghost

A direct ancestor of a friend was hanged as a witch in Salem, Mass.“My great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother,” said Mary Broas, “was accused twice.”Susannah Mar…

Creating a Racket

A film recently came out starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone titled Battle of the Sexes. It’s a dramatization of a famous tennis match in 1973 between men’s tennis player Bobby Riggs and women’…

New York’s Letter System

While I was staying at the Roosevelt in New York for a writers’ conference, courtesy of my dad donating his vacation points, I stumbled upon a U.S. Mail letter chute. It was showcased almost like a pi…

Uncle Aron, His Chairs, and a 103-Year-Old Postcard
Uncle Aron, His Chairs, and a 103-Year-Old Postcard

I was digging around the house recently for something old and vaguely interesting, when I uncovered a white box in the basement. In this box were numerous photographs, some in color, most in black and…

What’s in a Name?

One day, a random conversation with a friend named Joukje—pronounced “Yaaook”—led to a discussion about birth certificates. Joukje was born on February 17, 1947 in the Netherlands, exactly a day b…

A Local Act of Conservation: Remembrance Through Digital Memorials

Cindy Davis is a retired third-grade teacher. When she began her retirement three years ago, she turned her attention more fully toward the exploration and documentation of her family genealogy. One p…

Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your Service, an art exhibition by Melanie Bernier, consists of hand-crafted flags that commemorate greater Boston music venues. Each flag stands for an individual music venue that is …

Earth Day
Earth Day

In 1975, when I was ten years old, my parents drove my three older brothers and me down to Sandusky, Ohio, to Cedar Point Amusement Park. We lived just north of Detroit, and Sandusky was only an hour …

Earthworks
Earthworks

Standing beside the breastworks on that summer evening, under the shadow of grim and silent Kennesaw, with twilight deepening into night, there were shadows on all our hearts as well, shadows that str…