Maya Kanwal's work appears in Witness, Meridian, Juxtaprose, Quarterly West, and The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow at the University of Houston Creative Writing MFA Program, and a Sewanee Writers' Conference and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference participant. Maya is a 2022 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Fiction winner and Witness Magazine 2022 Literary Awards runner-up. She is Fiction Editor at Gulf Coast Journal. Follow her on Twitter @mayakanwal.
The woman materialized one bitter winter morning under the graffitied awning of the vacant taqueria. The shop had sat boarded up since its last tenant clattered away in a pickup truck ahead of a raging Houston storm.