Boyfriends is Seattle writer Tara Atkinson’s exploration of the modern relationship. It’s funny and sly—one of those quiet and subtle pieces of work that seems to have a flat, pristine surface, but when it is examined closely, it reveals the bumps and abrasions, the knicks and the scar tissue that is left behind on each of us as we attempt to navigate the journey our hearts take as we grow and learn.

Boyfriends is the first piece of fiction from Instant Future.

“Tara Atkinson writes about young love the way people truly experience it: full of self-doubt, but also sublime self-assurance, a godlike feeling that you’ll live and want forever. Beautifully heart-wrenching, Boyfriends is a necessary, honest look at what it means to be alive and a woman, navigating the intricacies of family and faith alongside first love (and love, and love, and love). Powerfully written, it is work that will appeal to anyone who has ever tried to understand their own heart.”—Kristen Arnett, author of Felt in the Jaw



Tara Atkinson’s work has appeared in City Arts Magazine, HOARSE, the Iowa Review, Fanzine, and HTML Giant, as well as a chapbook, Bedtime Stories (alice blue.) She is a founder of APRIL (Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature), a festival for small press publishing and the recipient of an Art Walk Award for My Heart is a City, a collaboration with her husband, the painter Justin Duffus. She lives in Seattle.