Gary L. McDowell
A Fish So Large

Gary L. McDowell - A Fish So Large

Creative Nonfiction
Gary L. McDowell is the author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010) and co-editor of The Rose Metal Press… Read more »
Robert Evory
Astronomers

Robert Evory - Astronomers

Poetry
Robert Evory is a creative writing fellow at Syracuse University and the Poetry Editor for Salt Hill and thepoetsbillow.org. He… Read more »
Peter Vilbig
Buckets

Peter Vilbig - Buckets

Fiction
Peter Vilbig is a writer and teacher in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent story, “Receptacle,” can be read in… Read more »
Phillip Sterling
Cycling

Phillip Sterling - Cycling

Poetry
Phillip Sterling’s most recent book is In Which Brief Stories Are Told, a collection of short fiction (Wayne State University… Read more »
Jeanne Wagner
Graphology

Jeanne Wagner - Graphology

Poetry
Jeanne Wagner is the recipient of several national awards, including 2011 Inkwell Prize and the 2011 Beullah Rose Prize from… Read more »
John Drury
How to Stay Awake

John Drury - How to Stay Awake

Poetry
John Drury is the author of The Refugee Camp (Turning Point Books, 2011), as well as two earlier collections, Burning… Read more »
Yian Chen
In Praise of Bao

Yian Chen - In Praise of Bao

Creative Nonfiction
Yian Chen was born in Shanghai, China. He and his parents immigrated to the Chicago suburbs when he was little.… Read more »
Gerardo Mena
January's End

Gerardo Mena - January's End

Gerardo Mena is a decorated Iraqi Freedom veteran. He spent six years in Spec Ops with the Reconnaissance Marines and… Read more »
Nicholas YB Wong
Museum of Septum

Nicholas YB Wong - Museum of Septum

Poetry
Nicholas YB Wong earned his MFA at the City University of Hong Kong and is the author of Cities of… Read more »
Jenny Martin
My Promenade

Jenny Martin - My Promenade

Creative Nonfiction
After receiving two degrees in English literature from Colorado State University, Jenny Martin moved back east and began a 23-year… Read more »
Nick Sawatsky
Nourish

Nick Sawatsky - Nourish

Fiction
When Nick Sawatsky isn’t writing, he’s studying writing at Hiram College. Or editing said writing or submitting to literary magazines… Read more »
Peter Kispert
Off Trajectory

Peter Kispert - Off Trajectory

Fiction
Peter Kispert recently served as the editor-in-chief of Indiana Review, where he founded an annual book prize partnership with Indiana… Read more »
Kyle Bilinski
Paint and Ink

Kyle Bilinski - Paint and Ink

Creative Nonfiction
Kyle Bilinski lives in northern California where he works as a flight attendant and painting contractor. He recently received his… Read more »
Peter Leight
Shape Shift

Peter Leight - Shape Shift

Poetry
Peter Leight lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He has previously published poems in Paris Review, Partisan Review, AGNI, and other magazines. Read more »
Sarah Giragosian
The Condor

Sarah Giragosian - The Condor

Poetry
Sarah Giragosian is a PhD candidate in Contemporary North American Poetry and Poetics at SUNY Albany. Her poems are forthcoming… Read more »
Naomi Kimbell
The Dress

Naomi Kimbell - The Dress

Creative Nonfiction
Naomi Kimbell lives and writes in Missoula. Much of her work focuses on facets of mental illness as well as… Read more »
Adam Scheffler
Walking Around: The Sixth Wave of Extinctions

Adam Scheffler - Walking Around: The Sixth Wave of Extinctions

Poetry
Adam Scheffler grew up in Berkeley, received his MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa, and is currently a… Read more »
Martin Ott and John F. Buckley
What I Watched On My Summer Vacation

Martin Ott and John F. Buckley - What I Watched On My Summer Vacation

Poetry
Martin Ott and John F. Buckley began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in the spring of 2009. Poetry from… Read more »
Phillip Gardner
Winner Take Nothing

Phillip Gardner - Winner Take Nothing

Fiction
Phillip Gardner’s stories have appeared in Euphony, New Delta Review, Interim, The North American Review and LIT. He is the… Read more »
Philip Fried
Words at War

Philip Fried - Words at War

Poetry
Philip Fried has published five books of poetry, the most recent being Early/Late: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2011). Publishers… Read more »
Jordan Rossen and Paul Rossen
You Thrive Now

Jordan Rossen and Paul Rossen - You Thrive Now

Fiction
Jordan Rossen’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Albion Review, Apalachee Review, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. He has… Read more »

Museum of Septum

Nicholas YB Wong

A normal heart weighs 350g. Consider living
without one. Organs migrate, have new roles.
Kidneys pumping blood, pancreas counting

pulses, fluidity of grief sluicing forth and
back with lymph – it’s called evolution.
The Chinese eat animal viscera, shapes

supplementing shapes. Grilled duck hearts
on skewers, each a pendant, edible
confinement. What’s locked in the four

chambers if not sufferance crispy, sauced,
a story otherwise too cooked to be told.
Leave the heart to the past and the past

to a museum, 3/F, west wing, where it finds
its neighbors, all ill of systole. The hall
savaged by legato vibrato, a sound

-scape narrating the pain of being caged too
long by ribs. Blood needs nothing but
these false sounds to move on. Trust me. Read more »