Justin Carter
Autumn Returns to Martins Ferry, Ohio

Justin Carter - Autumn Returns to Martins Ferry, Ohio

Justin Carter is a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas. His work appears in The Collagist, cream city… Read more »
Brett Riley
Closed for Storm

Brett Riley - Closed for Storm

Brett Riley is the author of The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light (Ink Brush Press) and the screenplay Candy’s… Read more »
Susan Rich

Susan Rich - Coordinates

Susan Rich is an award-winning poet, editor, and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. She’s the author of four poetry… Read more »
Roy White

Roy White - Correspondences

Roy White is a blind person who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a lovely woman and a handsome lab… Read more »
Brendan Walsh
Dropping Weight

Brendan Walsh - Dropping Weight

Contest - 3rd Place
Brendan Walsh has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work appears in Glass Poetry, Indianapolis… Read more »
Brian Czyzyk
Eating Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Brian Czyzyk - Eating Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Brian Czyzyk lives and writes in Northern Michigan. He was awarded the 2017 Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets from… Read more »
Pamela Schmid

Pamela Schmid - Emergence

Creative Nonfiction
Pamela Schmid lives in St. Paul, Minn., and is the creative nonfiction editor at Sleet, an online magazine. She was… Read more »
William Woolfitt
Fruit Jar

William Woolfitt - Fruit Jar

William Woolfitt is the author of three poetry collections: Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014), Charles of the Desert (Paraclete… Read more »
Calvin Olsen
Hammer Strikes

Calvin Olsen - Hammer Strikes

Calvin Olsen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship for… Read more »
Allie Marini
Kitchen Kisses

Allie Marini - Kitchen Kisses

Contest - 2nd Place
Allie Marini is a cross-genre writer holding degrees from both Antioch University of Los Angeles & New College of Florida.… Read more »
Cecily Berberat
Lemon drop

Cecily Berberat - Lemon drop

Contest - 1st Place
Cecily Berberat holds an MFA in Fiction and an MA in English literature from the University of Montana, Missoula. She… Read more »
Cady Vishniac

Cady Vishniac - M

Cady Vishniac is a Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar at the University of Michigan and a Translation Fellow at… Read more »
Sarah Toomey
Orzech Farms

Sarah Toomey - Orzech Farms

Sarah Toomey is a junior at Harvard College pursuing a BA in English. Her work has been featured in Off… Read more »
Lupita Eyde-Tucker
Rules of Engagement

Lupita Eyde-Tucker - Rules of Engagement

Lupita Eyde-Tucker was raised in New Jersey and Guayaquil, Ecuador. She writes poetry in English and Spanish, and has studied… Read more »
Afolabi Opanubi

Afolabi Opanubi - Rust

Afolabi Opanubi grew up in Port Harcourt, a city in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He lived there up… Read more »
Joe Kraus
Sears and Roebuck

Joe Kraus - Sears and Roebuck

Joe Kraus is a professor of English at the University of Scranton where he teaches creative writing and American literature.… Read more »
Maryann Corbett
State Office Building, Seventh Floor

Maryann Corbett - State Office Building, Seventh Floor

Maryann Corbett spent almost thirty-five years working for the Office of the Revisor of Statutes at the Minnesota Legislature. Her… Read more »
Lauren Westerfield
The Need to Use Your Teeth

Lauren Westerfield - The Need to Use Your Teeth

Creative Nonfiction
Lauren W. Westerfield is an essayist, poet, and editor from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is… Read more »

State Office Building, Seventh Floor

Maryann Corbett

for the night teams at the Revisor’s Office

The building lifts the bank of lighted windows
into the darkness.

Approach on any night in spring—late April
into mid-May—
and there it is, hung in the night, reciting
still here, still here.

Lit windows always mean a late shift, working.
Up there, all night,
they work. They make the bills and the amendments
ready for morning.

Think of the weariness of old lighthouses
on the North Shore.
Think of the concentration of the surgeons
in trauma units.

Farfetched, you say? Maybe you balk at mixing
these metaphors?

The law, a tanker lighted into harbor
on a roiled sea?
Sure. Reams of paper hauled back from committee
are a beached vessel,
the wreckage of hours wrangling, the loved projects
lying in fragments—

The law as midnight lowlife, deal gone pear-shaped,
slashed, bleeding?
Up there, they reconstruct the damaged corpus

Late, very late, they work by the… Read more »