Liz Prato
A Haole Guide to Hawaiian Taxonomy

Liz Prato - A Haole Guide to Hawaiian Taxonomy

Creative Nonfiction
Liz Prato is the author of the short story collection Baby’s on Fire (Press 53). Her work has appeared in… Read more »
Maura Stanton

Maura Stanton - Ballerina

Maura Stanton has won the Nelson Algren Award from The Chicago Tribune, the Lawrence Foundation Award from The Michigan Quarterly… Read more »
Shevaun Brannigan

Shevaun Brannigan - Committed

Shevaun Brannigan is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, as well as The Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House at The University… Read more »
Beth Goldner
Cuba Cuba Cuba

Beth Goldner - Cuba Cuba Cuba

Beth Goldner is a protocol associate, developing clinical trials in radiation oncology. For over a decade, she worked as a… Read more »
Matt Izzi
Dead Weight

Matt Izzi - Dead Weight

Matt Izzi was born in Rhode Island and lives in East Boston. His short fiction, drama, and humor have appeared… Read more »
Andrea Marcusa
Hammam Language

Andrea Marcusa - Hammam Language

Creative Nonfiction
Andrea Marcusa is a fiction and essay writer. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, River Styx, Ontario Review, New South,… Read more »
Jeff Whitney

Jeff Whitney - Meteors

Jeff Whitney is the author of five chapbooks, two of which were co-written with Philip Schaefer. His poems can be… Read more »
Andrew Collard
Portrait With Elegy And Iodine

Andrew Collard - Portrait With Elegy And Iodine

Andrew Collard lives in Kalamazoo, MI, where he attends grad school and teaches. His recent poems are forthcoming in Mid-American… Read more »
Audrey Gradzewicz
Song of Marshall Applewhite

Audrey Gradzewicz - Song of Marshall Applewhite

Audrey Gradzewicz was born in Buffalo, New York. Her poems have been published by, or are forthcoming from, Southern Indiana… Read more »
Rebecca Bornstein
Summer Vacation

Rebecca Bornstein - Summer Vacation

Rebecca Bornstein is a poet and worker currently living in Portland, Oregon. She’s held jobs as a production cook, professional… Read more »
Devon Miller-Duggan

Devon Miller-Duggan - Tales

Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, and Gargoyle. She teaches Creative Writing at the… Read more »
Michael Smith
The Way Home

Michael Smith - The Way Home

Creative Nonfiction
Michael Smith is a writer, Francophile, and photographer residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. His writing has appeared or is… Read more »
Gail Martin
Their Shapes Determined By How Cold The Air

Gail Martin - Their Shapes Determined By How Cold The Air

Gail Martin is the author of two books, Begin Empty-Handed (Perugia Press) and The Hourglass Heart (New Issues). A Michigan… Read more »
Tim Hillegonds
To Make at Once Both Tender and Fierce

Tim Hillegonds - To Make at Once Both Tender and Fierce

Creative Nonfiction
Tim Hillegonds earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing (MAWP) from DePaul University in Chicago. His work has… Read more »
Drew McCutchen
Zombie Horror

Drew McCutchen - Zombie Horror

Drew McCutchen lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. He… Read more »

Dead Weight

Matt Izzi

We were heading back from a Vermont wedding with a frozen side of beef in the trunk of our rental car. An impulse buy, direct from a cattle farm outside Stowe. My wife and I had recently purchased our first house, and the basement came with this vintage freezer the size of a minivan. The walls must have been built around the damn thing. We couldn’t get it out and we had nothing to put in it. When I saw the farm’s roadside sign, something clicked. Maybe it’s what a painter with a blank canvas feels when he sees a landscape from a new angle. It was what we’d been waiting for without knowing why. That was the empty space—shaped all along like a three-hundred-pound side of beef.

Late afternoon we stopped off at a pizza joint in some downtown nowhere, New Hampshire. We were still a few hours from Rhode Island, but Lisa had to pee and I figured an extra half-hour of thawing wouldn’t spoil the meat. While she hurried to the bathroom, I ordered a ten-inch margherita, took two cans of seltzer from a cooler, and busied myself with the autographs on the back wall: glossy eight-by-tens… Read more »