Izzy Wasserstein

Izzy Wasserstein writes fiction and poetry, teaches writing and literature at a public university on the Great Plains, and shares a house with a variety of animal companions and the writer Nora E. Derrington. Her most recent poetry collection is When Creation Falls (Meadowlark Books, 2018), and her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming from Clarkesworld, PseudoPod, Fireside Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a member of the 2017 class of Clarion West, and likes to slowly run long distances. Her website is www.izzywasserstein.com.
This Shattered Vessel, Which Holds Only Grief

This Shattered Vessel, Which Holds Only Grief

“I was part of the Free Zone downtown,” she tells him at last. “Kam swore we could hold the cops off if we stuck together, but they tore through our wards, bashed in the walls—and I fled. When my family needed me most, I ran.” She has never told anyone this. The words twist in her. Bile rises in her throat.
“I just want to have stayed,” she says. To have faced it with the others, the community who had been so certain that they would change the world.

The Crafter at the Web’s Heart

The Crafter at the Web’s Heart

When I was little, I’d lay in Ma’s arms and listen to her stories. Beneath us, the web swayed so gently, you could almost forget it was there. Now Ma’s tongue is a tangle of vines, and I’m the one telling the stories, but the web still vibrates, still speaks, if you know how to listen.