J. Scott Bugher
A Cincinnati Boil

J. Scott Bugher - A Cincinnati Boil

J. Scott Bugher is a writer, artist and session musician living in Indianapolis, Indiana. His poetry and short stories have appeared in a variety of journals and his novel-in-progress keeps him busy.… Read more »
Taylor Brown
Black River

Taylor Brown - Black River

Taylor Brown's short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New Guard, CutBank, The Coachella Review, and storySouth. His story "Rider" received the Montana Prize in… Read more »
Melissa Ferrone
Blue Ridge Talk

Melissa Ferrone - Blue Ridge Talk

Creative Nonfiction
Melissa Ferrone is currently an MFA student at West Virginia University with a focus in Creative Nonfiction. She also received her Bachelor’s in English at West Virginia University. Her greatest… Read more »
Richard Spilman
Church Camp

Richard Spilman - Church Camp

Richard Spilman is the author of two books of short fiction: Hot Fudge and The Estate Sale. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he works hard to maintain no visible means of support. Read more »
Gabrielle Hovendon
From the Airplane, From the Water Tower

Gabrielle Hovendon - From the Airplane, From the Water Tower

Gabrielle Hovendon is an MFA student at Bowling Green State University, where she teaches creative writing and composition. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in more than a dozen… Read more »
Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell - Icarus

Creative Nonfiction
Science and nature writer Sharman Apt Russell teaches fulltime at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico, as well as in the low-residency MFA program at Antioch University in Los… Read more »
Michael Lavers
Light Years

Michael Lavers - Light Years

Michael Lavers completed an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including College Literature, Smartish Pace, and Rattle. He… Read more »
Ash Bowen
Murder in the Red Barn

Ash Bowen - Murder in the Red Barn

Ash Bowen’s first collection of poems, The Even Years of Marriage, won the 2012 Orphic Book Prize for Poetry and will be available from Dream Horse Press in November. Other work has appeared in New… Read more »
Laura McCullough
Nautical Tattoo

Laura McCullough - Nautical Tattoo

Laura McCullough's most recent book of poems is Rigger Death & Hoist Another. Her other books are Panic, Speech Acts, and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies: The Room & the… Read more »
Mike Smith
Notes from a Slowly Dying Suburbanite

Mike Smith - Notes from a Slowly Dying Suburbanite

Creative Nonfiction
Mike Smith is a 3rd-year Creative Nonfiction graduate student at the University of New Mexico. His historical writings have appeared in magazines and newspapers from across the West, including New… Read more »
Roy Bentley
One Wench in the House between Them

Roy Bentley - One Wench in the House between Them

Roy Bentley’s work has been recognized with fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. Poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah,… Read more »
Dorene O’Brien
The Final Viking Voyage

Dorene O’Brien - The Final Viking Voyage

Dorene O’Brien is a fiction writer from Detroit. She has won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the New Millennium Fiction Award and the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. She… Read more »
Rosanna Staffa
The Ghost of Chendu

Rosanna Staffa - The Ghost of Chendu

Rosanna Staffa is an Italian writer living in Minneapolis. She recently received her MFA in Fiction from Spalding University. Her Flash Fiction “The Call” will be published by Spry Literary… Read more »
Jonathan Starke
The Radio Men

Jonathan Starke - The Radio Men

Creative Nonfiction
Jonathan Starke is a former bodybuilder and boxer who highly values vagabond travel and is often missing the Golden (80s) and Attitude (90s) eras of professional wrestling. He is the founding editor… Read more »
Mark Wisniewski
To Bukowski, #43

Mark Wisniewski - To Bukowski, #43

Mark Wisniewski’s second novel, Show Up, Look Good, was praised by Ben Fountain, Kelly Cherry, T.R. Hummer, Jonathan Lethem, and Molly Giles; his first, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman,… Read more »
Katie Cortese
Wakulla Springs

Katie Cortese - Wakulla Springs

Katie Cortese holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a PhD from Florida State. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Carve, Gulf Coast, Word Riot, Sport Literate, and Passages… Read more »
Hilary Sideris

Hilary Sideris - What

Hilary Sideris’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Green Mountains Review, Memoir, Quiddity, The Southampton Review, and Southern Poetry Review. Her new collection, A House Not… Read more »
Richard Prins

Richard Prins - Zunguka

Richard Prins is a New Yorker who sometimes lives in Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry from New York University. His work appears in Los Angeles Review, Painted Bride Quarterly,… Read more »


Richard Prins

In Swahili, "mzungu," the word for a white person, originates from the verb "zunguka,”
meaning "go around in circles,” as early colonists seemed to do.

Flick. My spirit
cracks, pearls

of oil in a slim green tube. Globe
blurring on my fingertip. Spin,

pluck. Mudsucked babies
scream when they see me

land. I come in spheres,
convince fears. Of snow

men melting their capes.
Skin, a rare license plate,

sucking glare. I wish
I could burn less

quick. I race
sky up a cliff. Read more »