Kelly Kusumoto

Kelly Kusumoto wrote his first poem at the age of 12. Since then, he has won awards in his high school creative writing classes, graduated with honors in English, written four albums worth of lyrics, articles for various local entertainment magazines, started his own magazine and continues to write various forms of fiction and creative non-fiction in the Brooklyn, NY area.

Stories by Kelly Kusumoto

End of This World

Illustrated by Joey To

She says we need to talk and that she will be here soon. Then silence. I hate cell phones. Did she hang up? Was it a dropped call? Old-fashioned phones gave it to you straight up. Now I’m left to wonder. Oh well, she said she’d be here soon. I figure it is better to wait. …


Illustrated by Alankrita Amaya

Grandfather’s will was in a tinderbox. He had put it in there right after smoking his last cigar. His wish was for me to read it upon his passing. That was a week ago. The funeral had come and gone, long distant relatives and friends had returned to their regular lives and the business of …