Transient by Molly Rideout


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In a collection that intermingles fiction and truth, Midwest writer Molly Rideout explores the pitfalls and allure of searching for home in a place that never belonged to you—

“There were other transient camps than Michael’s in the Lower Nine. A person could spot them if they knew where to walk and what to look for: shirtless white boys with hemp necklaces microwaving something on the front porch, half a dozen plastic chairs circled like wagons around a fire pit. The cars were often a giveaway, a dense pack of varied plates and bumper stickers of obscure bands and another state’s NPR affiliate. I can’t remember who first told me about Michael’s place. Enough people had mentioned it during my trips down to New Orleans that I’d figured it must be the worst kept secret in the city.”

Molly Rideout is an interdisciplinary writer and former director of Grin City Collective. Her stories and essays have been published in the Mississippi Review, Tampa Review, Bluestem, Wapsipinicon Almanac, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. She’s installed interdisciplinary work in rural Wisconsin and in libraries around Iowa. Molly received her M.F.A. at The Ohio State University. Learn more at

Research for this publication was supported by an Antenna::Spillways Residency. Apply by November 14th for your own chance to participate in a residency!


Cover artwork by Gina Phillips.