Fiction by Elizabeth Stix

7:05 Arrive at corner. Temp approx. 71 degrees; warm. Put on yellow reflective jacket and crossing guard smock; assess area. No cars in drop-off zone, only one brown car parked kitty corner from school with driver waiting. No visible children, no apparent children noise. Do not…

The Tusk was created by Lizzy Acker and Nate Waggoner in 2014. It used to live on the-tusk dot com. Tom Batten wrote a lot of it and served in a creative advisory role. Savannah Camplin and Erin Skovmand worked as interns, with Camplin moving up to an assistant editor position in 2015. In 2016, Bridget Callahan, Rosa Escandon, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, and Laurel Lathrop worked as guest editors, with Callahan, Escandon, and Lathrop continuing to write and review submissions for the site. The site took an occasionally-interrupted hiatus in 2018 and will be going dark soon. The posts on this Medium page are a collection of our favorite pieces, which we think still hold up.

by Lizzy Acker


I’m running — panting, jumping over piles of shit and abandoned bags of clothes — but my heart’s not in it. I want the world to open up. Something major to happen. My knees hurt and I want them to hurt more.

I have only a…

by Mary Houlihan



My name’s Dave. And before you ask — no, that photo of me cliff-diving is not photoshopped! Haha.

Where to begin… Well, I’m a 38-year-old with a full head of hair, 5-foot-11, and I have three little chipmunks who I make sing for me.


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