Sammi LaBue
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Fiction

Sammi's fiction almost always toes a magical realm. Loss, abandonment, and family often appear as themes in her work. Through stories that explore different brands of sadness, she hopes to reveal the lightness hidden in dark times.

Distance | Inside the Bell Jar

Distance | Inside the Bell Jar

She makes you nervous, but not like she used to. Her stormy moments had once been part of the love. Whether it was right or not didn’t matter when up against the maddeningly seductive anxiety fueled by the possibility that everything could collapse. The threat of having your first fight buzzing like coffee in your veins, charging you forward. But then when that first storm did come it was harder than you thought it would be, wasn’t it? Sadder. And you realized the rumbling maybe wasn’t the electric love making you nervous in a fun way. It was something else…

Falling Apart | Referential Magazine

Falling Apart | Referential Magazine

With her help I slide into my wheelchair, this move far more familiar to me. A dance I do know how to do. There is a sweet little chicken sticker next to my right hand. “Chickie,” I say as we slide down the hall...