Maria S. Picone is a Korean American adoptee who won Cream City Review’s 2020 Summer Poetry Prize. She has been published in Ice Floe Press, Bending Genres, Whale Road Review, and more, including Best Small Fictions 2021. She has received grants from Kenyon Review, Lighthouse Writers, GrubStreet, The Watering Hole, SAFTA, The Speakeasy Project, and others. She is the prose editor at Chestnut Review, poetry editor at The Hanok Review, associate editor at Uncharted Mag, and managing editor at Emerge Literary Journal. Her work explores hybridity, social justice, and pop culture. Her website is, Twitter @mspicone.

By Maria S. Picone

Night street in Korea

The Enders

I was twelve when they descended into the alleys where I played with my brother. They called themselves the Enders; ...
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