Kenji C. Liu
After Tofu Mantra II

Kenji C. Liu - After Tofu Mantra II

Poetry
Kenji C. Liu (www.kenjiliu.com) is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey. A Pushcart Prize nominee and first runner-up finalist for… Read more »
Matthew Lippman
American Typewriter

Matthew Lippman - American Typewriter

Poetry
Matthew Lippman is the author of three poetry collections, American Chew (Burnisde Review Press, 2013), which won the Burnside Review… Read more »
Kate Leary
Delivery Boy

Kate Leary - Delivery Boy

Fiction
Kate Leary’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Harpur Palate, and Night Train, and she was a fiction editor of… Read more »
Sarah Brown Weitzman
Ecosphere

Sarah Brown Weitzman - Ecosphere

Poetry
Sarah Brown Weitzman, a Pushcart nominee in 2012, has had work in numerous journals and anthologies including the North American… Read more »
Anne Barngrover
Flashback

Anne Barngrover - Flashback

Poetry
Anne Barngrover’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Indiana Review, Meridian, Ninth Letter, and Witness, among… Read more »
Zackary Sholem Berger
Green Aquarium

Zackary Sholem Berger - Green Aquarium

Poetry
Zackary Sholem Berger (http://zackarysholemberger.com) is a writer and translator in Baltimore who writes poetry and prose in English and Yiddish.… Read more »
Lesley Jenike
Had I Been Any God of Power

Lesley Jenike - Had I Been Any God of Power

Poetry
Lesley Jenike is Associate Professor of English and Head of the English and Philosophy Department at the Columbus College of… Read more »
Robert Earle
How Chung’s Sister Got Her Name

Robert Earle - How Chung’s Sister Got Her Name

Fiction
Robert Earle has published more than forty stories across the U.S. and Canada in journals such as Mississippi Review, The… Read more »
Emily Hipchen
I Want Candy

Emily Hipchen - I Want Candy

Creative Nonfiction
Emily Hipchen is a Fulbright scholar, the editor of Adoption & Culture, one of the editors of a/b: Autobiography Studies,… Read more »
John Byrne
I’m Going To Let You Go, Okay?

John Byrne - I’m Going To Let You Go, Okay?

Fiction
John Byrne is the founder and chairman of Raw Story, a political news website, and has previously written for The… Read more »
Matthew Neill Null
Natural Resources

Matthew Neill Null - Natural Resources

Fiction
Matthew Neill Null is a writer from West Virginia and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short fiction… Read more »
Bill Ratner
Of This Earth

Bill Ratner - Of This Earth

Creative Nonfiction
Bill Ratner is an eight-time winner of The Moth Story Slams in Los Angeles and a Best of Hollywood Fringe… Read more »
Margarite Landry
Out of Egypt

Margarite Landry - Out of Egypt

Fiction
Margarite Landry’s short stories have appeared in Nimrod, Bellingham Review, Tampa Review, Provincetown Arts, 2012 Wordstock 10 Anthology (first prize),… Read more »
Skaidrite Stelzer
Remembering Roundness

Skaidrite Stelzer - Remembering Roundness

Poetry
Skaidrite Stelzer is a poet and teacher living in Toledo Ohio. A post-WWII refugee, she grew up in Michigan as… Read more »
Brandon Davis Jennings
Spectres

Brandon Davis Jennings - Spectres

Fiction
Brandon Davis Jennings is an Iraq War veteran from West Virginia. He received his MFA in Fiction from Bowling Green… Read more »
Rachel Lyon
The Installation

Rachel Lyon - The Installation

Fiction
Rachel Lyon received her MFA in creative writing at Indiana University and her BA at Princeton. She has been, among… Read more »
Emma Gabrielle Silverman
The Star of David

Emma Gabrielle Silverman - The Star of David

Fiction
Emma Gabrielle Silverman lives in Ithaca, New York where she is a yoga instructor at Cornell University. She has previously… Read more »
Rachel Linnea Brown
To Ply

Rachel Linnea Brown - To Ply

Poetry
Rachel Linnea Brown is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Colorado State University. She earned her BA in English… Read more »
Daniel O’Malley
Uncle

Daniel O’Malley - Uncle

Fiction
Daniel O’Malley grew up in Cedar Hill, Missouri, and currently lives in Huntington, West Virginia. His fiction has appeared in… Read more »
Elizabeth Spires
When They Go

Elizabeth Spires - When They Go

Poetry
Elizabeth Spires is the author of six collections of poetry, including Worldling, Nor the Green Blade Rises and The Wave-Maker… Read more »

Remembering Roundness

Skaidrite Stelzer

Before work, I look at pictures of sinkholes
In China, Guatemala, Texas.
Places the earth suddenly opens—
A purse of bats
Or pocket of bleached spiders.
Like in sleep the breath
Occasionally pops and I hear
My own name in my mouth.

In Kalamazoo, I danced with babies—
One on each hip, the third holding the edge
Of my skirt, while the man I desired
Baked bread for everyone,
Came onto the porch and stared,
Told jokes about toothbrushes.

Sometimes the moon comes closer.
Then my grandmother sighs and closes
The curtains, causing paisley waves of light.
"You'll go crazy," she says,
Fearing an overdose of silver.

So that is the color of my wedding band,
Traditional, woven in native strands of metal,
A northern motif, meaning I get to keep the pick-up truck.
Piling children in before the day of seat-belts,
I hold them back with my hand.

At the university, I am building chairs and ladders
Of words so the students can speak them.
Sitting or climbing, I'm… Read more »