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 »
Philip Gardner
Winner Take Nothing

Philip 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 »

Nourish

Nick Sawatsky

Us Bowbar girls hopped off the school bus like we always did and the high school boys in the back with their hot hanging tongues had the windows ripped open and were barking about us being white trash bastard girls, like they always did. Chastity flashed her titties and I gave them the bird. They hooted and hollered and humped their seats, slapped palms against the windows and who knows what else cause we were already gone stomping through the park.

Me and Chassy and Olive, we went reckless past lawn ornaments, things that were bought wild pink, but got tamed pale with time in the hot sandpit sun. We spun ourselves dizzy in circles past dogs furious on chains, pit bulls hazed over with heat madness, mouths like boy mouths: saliva wet, wanting, full of yellow teeth smashing. Chassy shook her ass at them, squeezed her boobs. The dogs on their chains, pulling their chains taught, ripped with paws at the air for girl meat. She skipped passed them then halted, kicked her feet back playing bull.

Our trailer park was full of deer shit. The pellets were scattered across the dirt bed lawns, over welcome mats. The deer,… Read more »