bioStories Literary Magazine

bioStories is dedicated to presenting outstanding nonfiction consistent with our mission of "sharing the extraordinary in ordinary lives". We feature new essays every week. Scroll below or use the menu above to read this week's featured essay, other recently published essays, and all of our archived semi-annual issues.

Featured Essays:

"Recycling Wasn't Always Fashionable" by Martha Clarkson

A complex portrait of a mother in hard times.

More Recent Essays:

"A Death in the Family" Sarah Russell recalls a familiar day in November 1963 while abroad in Paris.

"Consecrated by Use" Adrienne Pine recounts the process by which hard-earned practical objects become personal talismans.

"Irretrievable Breakdown" Anya Liftig remembers a desperate winter in "the greatest city in the world".

"Stacey" Louis Gallo recalls "first love".

"Taylor's Drain" Joy Weitzel goes in search of her ancestors.

"Midnight Stops" Eugene Durante remembers a night when "stop and frisk" was replaced with simple kindness.

"Taking Refuge" Marjorie Maddow shares an encounter with the nearby wild and contemplates refuge.

"Vanishing" Siri Liv Myhrom encounters loss through a many-layered conversation with grief.

"Masters of Universes" Ryan Harper explores the "heroic" nature of belief.

"Tough Guy" Darryl Graff says farewell to his father.

"Fanning the Flames" Shira Sebban fondly remembers her accomplished and devoted grandfather.

"I Met My Mother's Body at Loehmann's" Jan Zlotnik Schmidt remembers her mother and their frequent visits to Loehmann's dressing room.

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Winter/Spring Issue Released:

2016: Volume 6, Issue 1. Read it now!


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bioStories is conceived in the belief that every life can prove instructive, inspiring, or compelling, that every life holds moments of grace. We believe stories harbor the essential architecture of biography and that slices of a life properly conveyed can help strangers peer briefly within its whole, hold that life momentarily in their eye, and quite possibly see the world anew through that lens.

bioStories publishes a new feature essay every week.

Sharing the Extraordinary in Ordinary Lives.