Fiction from Kathryn Kulpa

Fiction from Kathryn Kulpa

Photo: Michael Olsen What the Selkies Know It’s easy enough to become human if you really want to. The mermaids are so dramatic about it, tongues lopped off in terrible sacrifice, filling the ocean with their blood, their silent tears. Dry air rasping through their lungs like fire. The agonies they bear, these martyred fish-wives. […]

Poetry from Lara Arikan

Poetry from Lara Arikan

Photo: ekrem osmanoglu In the village in the weeds they sucked…………it out of me i never heard it squeal i never heard it cry there was no………..delivery it’s out of me now . . Lara Arikan is an Ankara-based poet and electronic musician. Some of Lara’s work has appeared in Bilkent University’s weekly publication Bilkent […]

Fiction from Lila Rabinovich

Fiction from Lila Rabinovich

Photo: Marten Bjork Careful There The girl peeks through the shop window, which is covered with Christmas decorations this time of year. She’s curious about what’s inside. Cute pencils with fluffy tops, probably, and colorful socks and little stuffed owls and such. From outside, she can see a rack of pink and blue t-shirts, a […]

Fiction from Alexandra M. Matthews

Fiction from Alexandra M. Matthews

Photo: Jordon Conner Clare Clare was all teeth and giggles, biting the edge of her cup. Ethan was coming to the concert. They had been texting for weeks. She tore the bottom away from the cup. It looked like a small paper crown. “What if I give this to him?” She placed it on my […]

Poetry from Beverly Burch

Poetry from Beverly Burch

Photo: Ilkka Kärkkäinen Incantation to Avian Followers Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. — Chinese proverb A halo of feathers and chorusing. Such a twitter, such love songs. Wings beating wildly, devotion trembles in the air. Stupid warblers, a little red sprig is my heart. Angel-squawkers. Fledgling disciples. […]

Poetry from KG Newman

Poetry from KG Newman

Photo: Mick Haupt The Pride Acre Bison extinction redux, assured technology to autofeed the orange calves backfiring but ignored: ………………..hence full-size skeleton ribcages ………………..strewn across our dream on the plains, ………………..the kids with no friends and plucking ………………..sad harmonies on dried, stretched sinew ………………..just to drown out the loud farmhouse kitchen. The machine of decisions […]

Fiction from Chloe N. Clark

Fiction from Chloe N. Clark

Photo: Nathan Duck There Is the World Within This Window — for Brian They might say I don’t dream, but that’s not true. I dream so often that sometimes I don’t remember waking up. Here are some of the things I was programmed for: cost-benefit analysis, strategic outcome prediction, high risk analysis, defense. My goals: […]

Poetry from Daryl Sznyter

Poetry from Daryl Sznyter

Photo: Alexandru Acea first date i left my heart in my car          my heart was a car                      my car was exhausted my heart was exhaust            my heart was a pipe bomb i wore sweatpants that day […]

Nonfiction from Sophia Roumeliotis

Nonfiction from Sophia Roumeliotis

Photo: Nathan Dumlao WHAT I ATE WHY i gained the freshman fifteen during my freshman year of college. i ate so much and all the time. i had so many friends and i was so happy. i needed to buy new pants after winter break because they were all too tight. i ate on my […]

Fiction from Mialise Carney

Fiction from Mialise Carney

Photo: Brandon Hoogenboom When Lagoons Turn Lavender Lagoon wanted to be a geologist, the weird kind, but I guess all good geologists are. She’d been stuck on Canfield Oceans since I’d known her, and I couldn’t really imagine her without them. All she ever talked about was the process of decay, The Great Dying, the […]