Fiction from Emma Rose Gowans

Fiction from Emma Rose Gowans

Photo: Mahkeo I Left the Desert I’m calling mi padre on the old blue landline. I read a conspiracy theory once that our private conversations are secretly recorded as soon as we begin a call. That’s how the FBI tracks landlines—how everything you say on a landline is fair game because that’s how landlines work […]

Poetry from Pamela Taylor

Poetry from Pamela Taylor

Photo: Ivana Cajina How to Get Emotional Distance When Voodoo is Not an Option March in circles until his words dizzy and fall out of your ears. Heap those sighs and secrets into a glass jar and leave them out in the sun. The bright light will purify any microbes left behind. Let your inner […]

Fiction from Anu Kumar

Fiction from Anu Kumar

Photo: Yiqun Tang The City’s Last Mill  The city’s last cotton mill was aging rapidly. Already its roof was spliced in half, windows in empty sheds stood bare with an old man’s toothless grin. Rubble gathered in new places every time the demolition team pulled down buildings that no longer fitted into plan. On other […]

Nonfiction from Christopher Valdheims

Nonfiction from Christopher Valdheims

Photo: Valentin Müller The Cathedral Where, dear God, Will you sojourn after we all die? You have no father, nor dear mother, Not your own dear brothers. – Traditional Latvian verse I was the child of exiles. Born on the streets, and now I was back. Back where? Back here. Back here at the edge […]

Poetry from Jodi Andrews

Poetry from Jodi Andrews

Photo: Lurm Converge Inspired by There and Back by Skye Gilkerson It’s all swirled inward like a snail shell, debris from the Kármán line. Broken pieces of teacups, a lone handle, half the cup laid on its cracked edge; plate shards lined up in a row, pastel pink and blue bottoms exposed. Bits placed gingerly side by […]

Poetry from Sorayya Moss

Poetry from Sorayya Moss

Photo: Mathew Schwartz In a Stem We’ve been flower and stamen. …..and I’m stricken, ………………………forever.   There was Mao, and me, and how___ …..we’ve blown in the wind,   and with our kin, I’m stuck, it’s him. . . Sorayya Moss studied literature and philosophy in France, currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been […]

Nonfiction from Kathleen Wise

Nonfiction from Kathleen Wise

Photo: Thomas Quaritsch Tomatoes in August Blessed is the child raised within the kingdom of a sprawling backyard. Privileged, she whose limbs grow strong with running through wild woods. Proud and mighty, she whose palms are calloused from climbing trees, shins studded with scars from the feral battlefield. Her imagination is fatted on natural spoils. Sometimes […]

Fiction from Kaylie Saidin

Fiction from Kaylie Saidin

Photo: Autumn Studio Cate Lucas Cate Lucas stopped coming to class in junior year of high school and everyone wondered what happened to her. We went to a small school, and of course, people talked. She sat next to me in math during the second semester of my sophomore year. I let her borrow my […]

Fiction from Xenia Taiga

Fiction from Xenia Taiga

Photo: Schanin The Trampoline Sissies The Trampoline Sissies like to go braless and wear short skirts. They live in a neighborhood where all the houses’ exteriors look alike. Just before dusk they go outside to their backyards and jump on their trampolines. One forearm is squashed-flat over their boobies and their left hand is tightly […]

Poetry from Elizabeth Sunflower

Poetry from Elizabeth Sunflower

Photo by Shawn Harrahan. Used under CC BY-SA 2.5 samia cynthia a hush assigned a body a fastening of density to moonlight the moth lands furry and graceless surprise is cool on the skin as midnight this moth a brush of air beneath a moon against a dense screen of cloud a moony night light […]