Two Poems by Joe Gross

of loaves
just means
one loaf
two people.

Killing the Buddha

We’ve Got the Torch Now

The small rural town where I went to high school had a newspaper and I looked on its classified section last year and there were three jobs.  I’m not going…

Kids in front of gas flare in Niger Delta, 2007 (© Elaine Gilligan)

A Series of Small Leaps

Writing about witchcraft, children, and desperation in the Niger Delta.


Christmas in Cambodia

Advent is not just about chocolate calendars.

"They said father didn't keep his Life Insurance paid up!"—advertisement for Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Truth-Telling in Vulgaria

Questions for Kathryn Joyce, who bursts the international Christian adoption bubble in her new book, The Child Catchers.


Getting the Christ Out of Christmas

What would Jesus do with leftovers?

"Class War," a banner-drop in Oakland on November 2. By Nathan Jongewaard.

Fuck Your Prayer, Show Me Solidarity

A coming-out story in an age of predatory credit.

Photo by the authors.

The Other Protest

Not all the marches in Israel this month ignored the occupation.

Photo by Meera Subramanian

Nothing But a Party

Welcome to New Orleans during Lent, the universe’s biggest buzzkill.

Fight Scenes


To be a lover and a car thief on a Saturday morn


My Skyhawk Guardian Angel

What happens when Jesus is the victim of a hit and run?

"School is a fluid society… It can be no more than what we want it to be."

A Truancy Officer’s Tale

Jesus says kids had better stay in school—or he’ll send Robert Milner to bust their asses.