Katie Jo knew that Ima was not her actual mother because she didn’t hurt as much or soothe as much, but she was better than nothing because nothing was unbearable.
Amy Sayre Baptista
Amy Sayre Baptista’s writing has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2017, Ninth Letter, The Butter, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. She is the author of the flash fiction chapbook Primitivity (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). She has received a SAFTA fellowship, a CantoMundo Poetry fellowship, and a scholarship to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She performs with Kale Soup for the Soul, a Portuguese-American artist’s collective, and Poetry While You Wait. She is a cofounder of Plates&Poetry, a community arts program focused on food and writing.