Willy Conley
A Shrub Grows in Phoenix

Willy Conley - A Shrub Grows in Phoenix

Visual
This is what I call a “watergraph”—a term I invented that came from taking photographs of water reflections that have… Read more »
Richie Siegel
Arch

Richie Siegel - Arch

Visual
Simply put, my eye is drawn to repetition. Lines are the basic element of everything in the world, but they… Read more »
Jon Lance Bacon
Beach People

Jon Lance Bacon - Beach People

Visual
Art may represent the imposition of order on random experience, but I try to capture moments when everything falls into… Read more »
Charlie Bondhus
Built Fire

Charlie Bondhus - Built Fire

Poetry
Charlie Bondhus has published two books of poetry—What We Have Learned to Love, which won Brickhouse Books’s 2008-2009 Stonewall Competition,… Read more »
Jonathan Travelstead
Dream of Car Wreck and Failed Extrication

Jonathan Travelstead - Dream of Car Wreck and Failed Extrication

Poetry
Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a… Read more »
Sonya Huber
Glass Beads

Sonya Huber - Glass Beads

Creative Nonfiction
Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (2010), finalist for… Read more »
Liz Robbins
heat

Liz Robbins - heat

Poetry
Liz Robbins’ second full collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith. Her… Read more »
Jennifer Fandel
Heat Wave

Jennifer Fandel - Heat Wave

Contest - Honorable Mention
Jennifer Fandel’s poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, Little Patuxent Review, Natural Bridge,… Read more »
Moira Egan
Hot Flash Sonnet

Moira Egan - Hot Flash Sonnet

Contest - 2nd Place
Moira Egan’s poetry collections are Cleave (WWPH 2004); Bar Napkin Sonnets (The Ledge 2009); La Seta della Cravatta/The Silk of… Read more »
darlene anita scott
How to Keep a Secret

darlene anita scott - How to Keep a Secret

Poetry
darlene anita scott shares the role of “baby of the family” with a twin sister who found her fifth grade… Read more »
John Martino
I Can Feel the Heat Closing In

John Martino - I Can Feel the Heat Closing In

Visual
Convinced that the camera does not replicate reality so much as revolutionize it, I aim to make black-and-white, street-style photographs… Read more »
Doris Ferleger
Instead of Angels

Doris Ferleger - Instead of Angels

Poetry
Doris Ferleger, Ph.D., is a prizewinning poet whose debut book of poetry, Big Silences in a Year of Rain (available… Read more »
Leslie F. Miller
intersection

Leslie F. Miller - intersection

Poetry
Leslie F. Miller likes to break things and put them back together in a random, yet tasteful, order. A writer,… Read more »
Gerard Beirne
Meditation #21 Nothing Is The Matter

Gerard Beirne - Meditation #21 Nothing Is The Matter

Poetry
Gerard Beirne is an Irish writer now living in Canada where he teaches at the University of New Brunswick and… Read more »
Leslie Jill Patterson
Mirage

Leslie Jill Patterson - Mirage

Creative Nonfiction
Jill Patterson teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. Her prose and poetry have appeared most recently… Read more »
Rusty Kjarvik
Mountain Reflection on Cyclical Wordplay

Rusty Kjarvik - Mountain Reflection on Cyclical Wordplay

Visual
Rusty Kjarvik is an emerging writer who has begun to embark on a career path as a creative writer only… Read more »
Susan Gabrielle
Newton's Third Law

Susan Gabrielle - Newton's Third Law

Creative Nonfiction
Susan Gabrielle’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The Christian Science Monitor, Heyday, TheBatShat, San Francisco Peace and… Read more »
Leslie Tucker
Packing Heat

Leslie Tucker - Packing Heat

Creative Nonfiction
Leslie Tucker, a Detroit escapee, lives on the side of a South Carolina mountain and refuses to divulge its exact… Read more »
Vincent Scarpa
Painting Jorge’s Daughter

Vincent Scarpa - Painting Jorge’s Daughter

Fiction
Vincent Scarpa recently graduated with a BFA in writing from Emerson College. His stories and essays have appeared or are… Read more »
James Valvis
Samaritan

James Valvis - Samaritan

Creative Nonfiction
James Valvis is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011). His writing can be found in many… Read more »
Ann Cwiklinski
Selkie

Ann Cwiklinski - Selkie

Contest - 1st Place
Ann Cwiklinski won first place in the WITF/Central PA Magazine writing contest in 2009 and 2011; her stories,  “Dulce Domum” … Read more »
Slangston Hughes
The Devil's Cleansing

Slangston Hughes - The Devil's Cleansing

Born in and influenced by the HipHop era, yet at the same time always acknowledging the foundations laid down by… Read more »
Claudia Cortese
The field curdles

Claudia Cortese - The field curdles

Contest - 3rd Place
Claudia Cortese’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2011, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, and Kenyon Review Online,… Read more »
Kevin Adler
The Place I was Before

Kevin Adler - The Place I was Before

Fiction
Kevin Adler grew up in Auburn, Maine. His fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Confrontation, Badlands,… Read more »
Grace Cavalieri
The Portrait

Grace Cavalieri - The Portrait

Poetry
Grace Cavalieri’s newest publications are a chapbook, Gotta Go Now, 2012 and a novella in verse, Millie’s Sunshine Tiki Villas,… Read more »
Sid Gold
Wild Dog

Sid Gold - Wild Dog

Poetry
Sid Gold’s two books are Working Vocabulary (Washington Writers’ Publishing House) and The Year of the Dog Throwers (Broadkill River… Read more »

Mirage

Leslie Jill Patterson

People in Ouray, Colorado, said they couldn’t survive another winter like 2008. Usually, in the San Juan Mountains, the sun shines 285 days a year, fleecy in winter and razor-edged in summer, but in 2008, record snowfalls smothered the sky and piled snow fifteen feet deep in town where it’s usually only three. Avalanche slides that hadn’t run in almost a century brought down muscular 100-year-old trees. Come that spring, the slopes resembled battlefields, the pines like bodies zigzagged on top of one another and spilling across the highway. The people were bleary-eyed and pale, exhausted from shoveling snow, the weight of chains and snow tires, the millstone of loneliness and peril.

A mere four years later, the winter of 2012 has been dry, merciless in the other extreme. I don’t have a cabin there anymore, and only a few acquaintances, but I watch the news, check weather reports online, hear things. January, they say, was sedate, the “gift” of a mild winter. People went to movies, ate out, drove to neighboring towns at their leisure, a real bed of roses. But by March, winter had failed them altogether, and April barged in feverish as June, triggering… Read more »