Double Down posts from April 2018

Apr 25, 2018 | Posted by By Heidi Kyser

In early 2012, I had coffee with an acquaintance who wanted to talk to me about a looming public health crisis. A nurse practitioner and the mother of a boy who’d recently started using heroin after abusing the opioid painkillers that he’d been prescribed for a lacrosse injury, she stood at the intersection of institutional medicine and drug addiction. She knew I was a freelance writer and hoped I could help shed light on the issue. I subsequently pitched a story to Las Vegas City Life, where a receptive editor’s father had also grown addicted to opioids following treatment for a back injury. The resulting article, “The Pill Wars,” focused on law enforcement’s crackdown on local over-prescribing doctors and the state medical board’s failure to...

Apr 19, 2018 | Posted by By Jared Stanley

This poem originally appeared in EARS (Nightboat Books, 2017)


Noctilucent clouds

purple light on the hills at night—

something halfwit grand about 


mistaking the air over mourning

doves' wings for the teakettle,

warm in here, inside the war 


of ears - which one will point...

Apr 12, 2018 | Posted by By Shaun T. Griffin

for Cody and Suzette


Trying to paint in the dust

of sirens, a burnished Mexican

man sprays bougainvillea

flowers from the patio.


How does the union occur—

this mayhem of art and exhaust?

in the backyard of my son’s

beloved, who sits in her room


typing notes for research

Apr 5, 2018 | Posted by By Lindsay Cook

A little over six years ago I was a college freshman at the University of Nevada, studying elementary education and working at Starbucks. I had a coworker at the time that worked part-time at Starbucks and also worked for Nevada Humanities. We talked a lot about education and history, and one day he asked me if I would be interested in being an intern for the ...