Fiction | September 01, 1992

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First day of practice my senior year, I walk out of the locker room and see what looks like a sixth-grade white dude whooshing in a jumper from way past the free throw line.

“Birdie” by Mark Wisniewski (Issue 16.1, Fall 1992)

Featured as an Editor’s Pick, June 1, 2009:

Gender benders have a rich history in literature. Most notable might be Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with its comical swapping and confusion that occurred. In today’s society gender portrayal has become even more prevalent, as fashion and science allow us to blur the lines more than ever before. In his short story, “Birdie,” Mark Wisniewski uses women’s basketball to show how his characters define themselves sexually and as skilled athletes.

–Caitlin Garing

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