Danielle Kessinger
Pry Apart a Single Pane

Danielle Kessinger - Pry Apart a Single Pane

Poetry
Danielle Kessinger has work published or forthcoming in Bartleby Snopes, the Drunken Odyssey, Burrow Press, and the anthology Jack’s Porch. She has lived and written in the mountains of Colorado,… Read more »
JD Scott
Avatars

JD Scott - Avatars

Fiction
JD Scott is the author of two chapbooks, Night Errands (YellowJacket Press, 2012) and Funerals & Thrones (Birds of Lace Press, 2013). Recent and forthcoming publications include Best American… Read more »
Siân Griffiths
Clockwork Girl at the Opera

Siân Griffiths - Clockwork Girl at the Opera

Fiction
Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, Utah, where she directs the Creative Writing Program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Quarterly West,… Read more »
Robert Vivian
Essay Breathless in A World of Cloud And Smoke

Robert Vivian - Essay Breathless in A World of Cloud And Smoke

Creative Nonfiction
Robert Vivian's most recent books are Mystery My Country and Traversings, which was co-written with the poet Richard Jackson. Read more »
Jennifer Martelli
Grid God

Jennifer Martelli - Grid God

Creative Nonfiction
Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Tar River Poetry Journal, Green Mountains… Read more »
Jackleen Holton Hookway
Happy Pills

Jackleen Holton Hookway - Happy Pills

Poetry
Jackleen Holton Hookway’s poems have been published in The Giant Book of Poetry, and Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life, and have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literary Review,… Read more »
M. Ann Hull
I Know the Science of the Thing:

M. Ann Hull - I Know the Science of the Thing:

Poetry
M. Ann Hull has published work in 32 Poems, Barrow Street, BOXCAR Poetry Review, Fugue, Mid-American Review, Passages North, and Quarterly West, among others, and has been awarded the Academy of… Read more »
Sarah J. Sloat
Industry Lap Dog

Sarah J. Sloat - Industry Lap Dog

Poetry
Sarah J. Sloat lives in Germany, where she works in news. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Birdfeast, Beloit Poetry Journal and DMQ Review. She used to run every day and… Read more »
Mary Peelen
Interim

Mary Peelen - Interim

Poetry
Mary Peelen lives in San Francisco. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, The… Read more »
Krysten Hill
Knives

Krysten Hill - Knives

Poetry
Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, and many others. She… Read more »
Avram Kline
Labor

Avram Kline - Labor

Poetry
Avram Kline lives in New York with his wife and son. His poems, stories, and essays can be found in jubilat, PANK, Fence, Big Big Wednesday, Transom Journal, The Common, Juked, and Spoke Too Soon,… Read more »
Robert Brunk
Not From Around Here

Robert Brunk - Not From Around Here

Creative Nonfiction
Robert Brunk’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Witness, Chautauqua, The… Read more »
J. Eric McNeil
Perfect Horses

J. Eric McNeil - Perfect Horses

Fiction
J. Eric McNeil is a former English teacher, student publications advisor, and fiction editor and designer of the literary magazine turnrow. He received his doctorate in creative writing from the… Read more »
Heather Dewar
Spring

Heather Dewar - Spring

Fiction
Heather Dewar is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, New South, Blue Lyra Review, The Dirty Napkin, Utne, The Common Review, and the Chicago Reader among… Read more »
Jenna Le
Standing Between My Parents at Manatee Lagoon

Jenna Le - Standing Between My Parents at Manatee Lagoon

Poetry
Jenna Le is the author of Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016). Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translations appear or are… Read more »
Lisa Rosinsky
That Dark Center

Lisa Rosinsky - That Dark Center

Poetry
Lisa Rosinsky is the 2016-2017 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence. Her poetry appears in Measure, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Iron Horse Literary Review, and various… Read more »
Joseph Rakowski
The Animals We Go to War With

Joseph Rakowski - The Animals We Go to War With

Fiction
Joseph Rakowski received his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Florida State University and is pursuing his MFA in fiction at the University of San Francisco. His literary work is forthcoming in… Read more »
Tad Bartlett
The Memory Gardener

Tad Bartlett - The Memory Gardener

Fiction
Tad Bartlett was born in Ankara, Turkey; grew up in Selma, Alabama; and married into New Orleans. His fiction has been published by Novella-T, Carolina Quarterly, Bird’s Thumb, The Stockholm Review… Read more »
Curtis Smith
Yes

Curtis Smith - Yes

Fiction
Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His latest books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53), Communion (essays, Dock Street Press), and Kurt Vonnegut’s… Read more »

Yes

Curtis Smith

His shovel patted the dirt. A gentle touch. A period, not an exclamation. Twilight had faded to ash, then black. Fireflies rose above the ragged grass, cicadas in the trees. His son by his side. In the boy’s hand, a flashlight, the beam fixed upon the rectangle of upturned earth. The boy had found the dog behind the shed. For the past week, the dog had been lethargic. The heat, the father figured. The dog older than his son. A beagle mix, a rescue, a network of wounds beneath his black and tan coat. The shelter had named him Dodge. The father wasn’t fond of the name, but he believed changing it wouldn’t be fair. The son had just turned nine, an age in which the world was ruled by giants and myths. The father was deeply aware of the shadow he cast upon his son, and he did his best to live accordingly.

The father hadn’t been a dog person. He reminded his wife of their habit of sleeping in, their impromptu road trips. He thought of vet bills and the stink of wet fur. His wife joked: “If we can’t handle a dog, how can we handle a… Read more »