Mika Taylor

Mika Taylor was a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her work has been supported by grants and residency awards from the Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Ninth Letter, The Kenyon Review, and others.

We Defy Augury

A frog body splayed under a bench spilled its entrails just for us, the only ones here who couldn’t read them. All the birds of the last few days now seemed to augur in the Roman way—where gods’ wills could be seen in their flight, their sound, their type and grouping.