Dariel Suarez
Beets

Dariel Suarez - Beets

Fiction
Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who came to the United States in 1997. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction… Read more »
Margaret Adams
Burnt

Margaret Adams - Burnt

Creative Nonfiction
Margaret Adams is a Maine-born writer and registered nurse living in Baltimore, Maryland. A former columnist for The Bangor Daily… Read more »
Jami Nakamura Lin
Dreamscape #2: Dear Pinocchio

Jami Nakamura Lin - Dreamscape #2: Dear Pinocchio

Creative Nonfiction
Jami Nakamura Lin received her MFA at the Pennyslvania State University. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or… Read more »
Jacqueline Kolosov
Equine Character: A Meditation

Jacqueline Kolosov - Equine Character: A Meditation

Contest - 2nd Place
Jacqueline Kolosov is Professor of English at Texas Tech where she teaches in the graduate and undergraduate creative writing program.… Read more »
Bob Haynes
Force of the Sonogram

Bob Haynes - Force of the Sonogram

Poetry
Bob Haynes lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he teaches at Arizona State University and online at Writers on the Net.… Read more »
Linda Parsons Marion
Jesus Bread

Linda Parsons Marion - Jesus Bread

Poetry
Linda Parsons Marion is an editor at the University of Tennessee and the author of three poetry collections, most recently,… Read more »
Michele Morano
Learning Curve

Michele Morano - Learning Curve

Creative Nonfiction
Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir, Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her essays have appeared… Read more »
Victoria Bosch Murray
Migration

Victoria Bosch Murray - Migration

Poetry
Victoria Bosch Murray’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Journal, Booth, Field, Greensboro Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Salamander, Tar River… Read more »
Lewis Turco
Monologue in a Bar

Lewis Turco - Monologue in a Bar

Poetry
Lewis Turco is the inventor of the verse form called the “bluesanell,” and a contributor to the recently-published Garnet Poems:… Read more »
Maureen Alsop
Onychomancy

Maureen Alsop - Onychomancy

Poetry
Maureen Alsop, PhD, is the author two full collections, Apparition Wren and Mantic, as well as several chapbook collections. Her… Read more »
Janice Greenwood
Patience

Janice Greenwood - Patience

Fiction
Janice Greenwood’s writing has appeared in Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, and New England Review. She was recently nominated for… Read more »
Marjorie Stelmach
Perfected

Marjorie Stelmach - Perfected

Poetry
Marjorie Stelmach’s most recent volume of poems is Bent upon Light (University of Tampa Press). Individual poems have recently appeared… Read more »
Micah Dean Hicks
Raising Houses

Micah Dean Hicks - Raising Houses

Creative Nonfiction
Micah Dean Hicks usually writes magical realism, southern fairy tales, and other kinds of magical stories. You can find his… Read more »
Alisha Karabinus
Siri on Lesbian Sex

Alisha Karabinus - Siri on Lesbian Sex

Contest - 3rd Place
Alisha Karabinus is co-founder and Executive Editor of Revolution House magazine and an MFA candidate in Fiction at Purdue University,… Read more »
Leatha Kendrick
Sleep in Summer

Leatha Kendrick - Sleep in Summer

Poetry
Author of three volumes of poetry, Leatha Kendrick leads workshops in poetry and life writing at the Carnegie Center for… Read more »
Marcia Aldrich
Swimmers

Marcia Aldrich - Swimmers

Contest - 1st Place
Marcia Aldrich is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and part of the Barnes… Read more »
Jesse Donaldson
The First Moons of Sitting Bull

Jesse Donaldson - The First Moons of Sitting Bull

Fiction
Jesse Donaldson is a graduate of Kenyon College and The Michener Center for Writers. He’s worked as a groundskeeper for… Read more »
Robert Guthrie
The Glass

Robert Guthrie - The Glass

Fiction
Robert Guthrie lives in Little Rock, AR with a pair of red-headed women. Aside from the story featured in this… Read more »
Dick Allen
The House With Only The Sound
of A Dog Barking Inside

Dick Allen - The House With Only The Sound
of A Dog Barking Inside

Poetry
Dick Allen’s forthcoming eighth poetry collection, to be published by St. Augustine Press in Fall, 2013, is This Shadowy Place—winner… Read more »
Emari DiGiorgio
Understanding Dear Alice’s Dilemma

Emari DiGiorgio - Understanding Dear Alice’s Dilemma

Poetry
Emari DiGiorgio makes a mean arugula quesadilla and has split-boarded the Tasman Glacier. She is Associate Professor of Writing at… Read more »

Jesus Bread

Linda Parsons Marion

One ha' penny, two ha' penny, hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters, give them to your sons!


- English nursery rhyme


Of stubborn stock not easily converted,
my daughter refuses the Easter bun. Licks
the lemony white cross, then hands it over,
burnished in glory. No Jesus bread for me,
she says, as if a bite would singe her tongue,
roof of her mouth, brand her as one who scuttled
the damp Roman catacombs, risking life and limb
to kneel, genuflect to a whispered presence
among the hidden faithful, as if the solid plumpness,
dotted in sweet currants, would stick
dry as the host in her throat.

Pagan Saxons, to honor Ēostre, cut across
the dough—four quarters of moon, four elements
of substance and breath. In Christendom, baked
on Good Friday, a roll hung in kitchens against
fires, plague, shipwrecks, hunger, not moldering
the whole year, it was said, swirled in cardamom,
cinnamon,… Read more »