Adam Carpenter

Adam Carpenter - #ponytailforjail

Contest - 3rd Place
Adam Carpenter loves writing like a fat kid loves cake. He teaches English, produces music, and is one-half of the… Read more »
Geoff Wyss
Black and White

Geoff Wyss - Black and White

Geoff Wyss’s book of stories, How, won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2012.… Read more »
Lina Ferreira

Lina Ferreira - Cain

Lina Ferreira is the author of “Drown Sever Sing” and currently works as a visiting assistant professor in The Ohio… Read more »
Robert Evory
Cartel Sadness

Robert Evory - Cartel Sadness

Robert Evory is a poet and musician from Detroit, Michigan. With an MFA from Syracuse University he currently teaches creative… Read more »
Gregory Wolos

Gregory Wolos - Diorama

Gregory Wolos’s short fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road, Nashville Review, A-Minor Magazine, JMWW, Yemassee, The… Read more »
Sarah Giragosian
Family History

Sarah Giragosian - Family History

Contest - 2nd Place
Sarah Giragosian’s first book of poems Queer Fish won the 2014 American Poetry Journal Book Prize and will be published… Read more »
Daniel Uncapher
Five Handy Men

Daniel Uncapher - Five Handy Men

Creative Nonfiction
Daniel Uncapher is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he won multiple awards in the… Read more »
Jaclyn Dwyer
Geography Lessons

Jaclyn Dwyer - Geography Lessons

Creative Nonfiction
Jaclyn Dwyer has published poems in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iron Horse Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, The… Read more »
Jen DeGregorio

Jen DeGregorio - Intruder

Jen DeGregorio’s poetry and prose has appeared in Able Muse, The Collagist, PANK, The Rumpus, and other publications. She… Read more »
Jane Rose Porter
It's Clean

Jane Rose Porter - It's Clean

Contest - 1st Place
Jane Rose Porter is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She was a 2013 Emerging Writer Fellow… Read more »
Caitlin Scarano
Moon Among Mammals

Caitlin Scarano - Moon Among Mammals

Caitlin Scarano is a poet in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD creative writing program. She was a finalist for the… Read more »
Jehanne Dubrow
Nocturne with Orders to Yokosuka

Jehanne Dubrow - Nocturne with Orders to Yokosuka

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (U of New Mexico P,… Read more »
John Walser
Nothing Howls

John Walser - Nothing Howls

John Walser, an associate professor of English at Marian University in Wisconsin and a founding member of the Foot of… Read more »
Kate Folk

Kate Folk - Shueyville

Kate Folk is from Iowa and now lives in San Francisco. Her stories have appeared in Monkeybicycle, Word Riot, Colorado… Read more »
Amie Whittemore
Spell for the End of Grief

Amie Whittemore - Spell for the End of Grief

Amie Whittemore earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her poems have appeared in North American Review, Smartish… Read more »
Curtis Smith
The Culvert

Curtis Smith - The Culvert

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His most recent books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press… Read more »
Gary Hawkins
The Surveyor

Gary Hawkins - The Surveyor

Gary Hawkins is a poet, teacher, and scholar who grew up in the suburbs of the West. His debut collection… Read more »
Kate Washington
The Winding

Kate Washington - The Winding

Creative Nonfiction
Kate Washington is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The… Read more »

The Winding

Kate Washington

“Where did you get that watch?” a stranger asked my mother. It was 1979, and I was seven, and we were in New Zealand, two seasons and 24 hours of travel removed from our California home. My mother was enduring her first major depressive episode; years later, she would tell me that on our flight home she had hoped the plane would crash over the wide Pacific, to end her misery. The stranger went on: “It wasn’t in Seattle, by any chance? I lost one just like it there, and I’ve never seen another like it since. I’m almost sure I lost it downtown, at the Nordstrom. I went back to the lost and found, but it never turned up.”

It’s no surprise the stranger would recognize the watch instantly, would seek it on a stranger’s wrist. I’ve never seen another like it either: a Seiko, gold tone, delicate yet mod, an artifact of the 1960s. The gold has worn away on the clasp and at the edges. Around the face, a tiny ring of beveled, silver-toned metal has a deceptive shine, like precious stones. My mother was trained by her mother to be a well-turned-out sorority girl, in a… Read more »