Al Maginnes
Against Relapse

Al Maginnes - Against Relapse

Poetry
Al Maginnes’s most recent books are Ghost Alphabet (White Pine Press, 2008), winner of the 2007 White Pine Poetry Prize,… Read more »
Chandler Oliphant
An Artist's Creation, Relaxation

Chandler Oliphant - An Artist's Creation, Relaxation

Visual
I took this photograph last Spring in Vejer de La Frontera, a small town near the beach in Cádiz, Spain.… Read more »
Gregory Wolos
An Evening with Willie Freeze

Gregory Wolos - An Evening with Willie Freeze

Fiction
Gregory J. Wolos’s fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, PANK, A Cappella Zoo, Jersey… Read more »
Christopher Woods
Close Dreams

Christopher Woods - Close Dreams

Visual
I was a writer long before I ever thought of being a photographer. I had always loved photographs, but since… Read more »
Paul Hostovsky
Clutch Steal

Paul Hostovsky - Clutch Steal

Poetry
Paul Hostovsky is the author of 3 books of poetry, Bending the Notes, Dear Truth, and A Little in Love… Read more »
Jen Murvin Edwards
Come In, Come In

Jen Murvin Edwards - Come In, Come In

Contest - 3rd Place
Jen Murvin Edwards’ stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Palooka, Moon City Review, and Huizache literary journals,… Read more »
Ned Balbo
Dark Horse

Ned Balbo - Dark Horse

Poetry
Ned Balbo received the 2010 Donald Justice Prize, selected by A.E. Stallings, for The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other… Read more »
Colin Rafferty
Digging In

Colin Rafferty - Digging In

Creative Nonfiction
Colin Rafferty teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Other recent essays can be read… Read more »
Nathan Gower
Digging the Hole

Nathan Gower - Digging the Hole

Fiction
Nathan Gower holds a M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at… Read more »
Roger Camp
Hotel Room, Marseilles, France

Roger Camp - Hotel Room, Marseilles, France

Visual
My work represents a means of exploration in a world unconstrained by physical boundaries. Photographs that are layered in mystery… Read more »
Michelle Valois
Human Resources

Michelle Valois - Human Resources

Sprints
Michelle Valois lives in western Massachusetts with her partner and their three children. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming… Read more »
Peter Kispert
Hunting Season

Peter Kispert - Hunting Season

Fiction
Peter Kispert is an undergraduate student currently living in New Hampshire, where he is Editor-in-Chief of Aegis and Sandpaper, the… Read more »
Emily Roller
Improvement

Emily Roller - Improvement

Contest - 1st Place
Emily Jean Roller graduated from Yale in 2007. She is completing an MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins. Her first… Read more »
Ryan Millbern
In a Room Made Up For Someone Else

Ryan Millbern - In a Room Made Up For Someone Else

Fiction
Ryan Millbern is a copywriter at Richard Harrison Bailey/The Agency, a marketing firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. His stories and essays… Read more »
Dorianne Laux
Letters in a Box

Dorianne Laux - Letters in a Box

Poetry
Dorianne Laux’s most recent collections are The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon. A finalist for the National… Read more »
Seth Sawyers
Lettuce and Rabbits

Seth Sawyers - Lettuce and Rabbits

Sprints
Seth Sawyers has had essays appear in The Baltimore Sun, online at The Morning News, and in the literary journals… Read more »
Ajay Vishwanathan
Little Hands of Silk

Ajay Vishwanathan - Little Hands of Silk

Fiction
Nominated multiple times for Pushcart and Best of The Net Anthology, Ajay has work published or forthcoming in over ninety… Read more »
Wendy Oleson
Man Skate

Wendy Oleson - Man Skate

Fiction
Wendy is a Senior Fiction Reader for Prairie Schooner. Her recent work appears in Copper Nickel, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and… Read more »
Josh Green
Missing Athena

Josh Green - Missing Athena

Fiction
Josh Green’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The MacGuffin, Atlanta Magazine, The Adirondack Review, New South, Lake… Read more »
Catherine Parnell
Morendo

Catherine Parnell - Morendo

Fiction
Catherine Parnell teaches writing and literature at Suffolk University in Boston, as well as the occasional seminar at Grub Street… Read more »
John Walser
Names for the Skies

John Walser - Names for the Skies

Poetry
John Walser, a founding member of the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, is currently working on a full-length manuscript,… Read more »
Heather Martin
On Maimeó

Heather Martin - On Maimeó

Contest - 2nd Place
A writer living in Denver, Colorado, Heather Martin teaches at the University of Denver and co-curates the Gypsy House Reading… Read more »
Todd Kaneko
Reading Comprehension 12: The Crane Wife

Todd Kaneko - Reading Comprehension 12: The Crane Wife

Poetry
W. Todd Kaneko lives and writes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His stories and poems can be seen in Puerto Del… Read more »
Christopher Lowe
Reform, AL

Christopher Lowe - Reform, AL

Fiction
Christopher Lowe is the author of the short story collection Those Like Us (SFASU Press, 2011). His fiction and poetry… Read more »
David Dodd Lee
Replacement Parts and the Soul

David Dodd Lee - Replacement Parts and the Soul

Poetry
David Dodd Lee has published six previous full-length books of poems, including Orphan, Indiana (Akron, 2010), The Nervous Filaments (Four… Read more »
Ali Wisch
Room

Ali Wisch - Room

Visual
When working on my photography there typically isn’t any kind of method to the madness.  I always keep a camera… Read more »
Andrew Abbott
storer street

Andrew Abbott - storer street

Visual
Andrew Abbott paints pictures a lot and sometimes people buy them, so luckily he isn’t a “starving artist.” He eats… Read more »
Bram Takefman
The American House

Bram Takefman - The American House

Creative Nonfiction
Bram Takefman is a retired international trade executive who has spent much of his adult life overseas, living in places… Read more »
Devin Murphy
The Butterfly Man

Devin Murphy - The Butterfly Man

Fiction
Devin Murphy’s recent work appears in The Cimarron Review, The Greensboro Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, and… Read more »
Stephen J. West
The Drive from Morgantown to Baltimore

Stephen J. West - The Drive from Morgantown to Baltimore

Sprints
Stephen J. West lives, writes, and teaches in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is also a columnist and creative nonfiction editor… Read more »
Lockie Hunter
The Witness of High Hats

Lockie Hunter - The Witness of High Hats

Creative Nonfiction
Lockie Hunter is from a town in Appalachia where oral storytelling is vital to the community. She holds an MFA… Read more »
Catherine Thomas
There Are Rules, Secret Little Rules

Catherine Thomas - There Are Rules, Secret Little Rules

Fiction
Catherine Thomas was born and raised in Wales and now lives in Syracuse, NY. She holds an MA in English… Read more »
Tim Kahl
Um Real

Tim Kahl - Um Real

Poetry
Tim Kahl [http://www.timkahl.com] is the author of Possessing Yourself (Word Tech, 2009) and The Century of Travel (Word Tech, 2012).… Read more »
Edgar Silex
Vision

Edgar Silex - Vision

Poetry
Edgar Gabriel Silex is the author of two poetry collections from Curbstone. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment… Read more »
Angela Narciso Torres
Waiting for My Father at the University Hospital Lab

Angela Narciso Torres - Waiting for My Father at the University Hospital Lab

Poetry
Angela Narciso Torres was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila. Her poems are available or forthcoming in Cimarron Review,… Read more »

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Al Maginnes

Drunk at ten in the morning, said
the man at the table behind us,
as though it was something unusual,
as though he had never swayed
at the starting gate of an aching new day,
seeing only chalky gray flat
before him, his blood too weighted
to move and tasting the need
to light it up or shut it down.
It’s clear he never thought it was
a good idea to dance in the office
of his ex-wife’s lawyer or to sing
“Blue Moon of Kentucky” on a bus
filled with people going to work
and busy with cell phones, briefcases
and coffee cups. He has forgotten
he could have been me or anyone
thirsty and confused enough
to need the day’s possibilities reduced
to one. Some afternoons I play
hide and seek with my daughter
in an old graveyard or inside
the labyrinth of a used book store,
hoping she will find as I have
a love for quiet places. But I don’tRead more »