Merciful Mildred. I’m withdrawing my submission.

By Kathleen McKitty Harris

To the Editors:

I am sending my sincerest apologies to you. I just submitted a nonfiction essay to you via email today for review, and remembered—immediately after hitting “send”–that it was published elsewhere over the summer. I have never made this mistake before, and will quietly berate myself about it later this evening. Most likely with scotch neat and and a bowl of cookie dough batter.

Again, I am so sorry for any inconvenience I may have caused. To quote my mother-in-law (may she rest in peace): oy.

Take good care,
Kathleen McKitty Harris


Kathleen McKitty Harris is a fifth-generation native New Yorker whose work has appeared in Longreads, Sonora Review, Creative Nonfiction, Pidgeonholes, McSweeney’s, and The Rumpus, among others. Her essay, “A Timeline of Human Female Development,” appears in the anthology MY BODY, MY WORDS (Big Table Publishing 2018). She has also performed as a storyteller at The Moth in New York City, and as the co-host of the “What’s Your Story?” live-reading series in northern New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, two children, and irredeemable dog.

Art by Lesley C. Weston (Graphite and Digital)

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