Zach VandeZande

Zach VandeZande - Allies

Zach VandeZande is an Assistant Professor at Central Washington University. He is the author of the novel Apathy and Paying Rent (Loose Teeth, 2008) and the forthcoming Lesser American Boys (Ferry… Read more »
Kalila Holt
Care Taking

Kalila Holt - Care Taking

Kalila Holt is from Chicago and now lives in Brooklyn. She's previously appeared in wigleaf, and she produces the podcast Heavyweight. People are always asking her, "Did you get a haircut?" and… Read more »
Rebecca Aronson
Dear Gravity [Shall I Call You Shiva?]

Rebecca Aronson - Dear Gravity [Shall I Call You Shiva?]

Rebecca Aronson is the author of Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom, winner of the 2016 Orison Books Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, and Creature, Creature,… Read more »
Dannye Romine Powell
Early Autumn

Dannye Romine Powell - Early Autumn

Dannye Romine Powell’s fourth collection (2015) is Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore from Press 53. Her poems have appeared over the years in Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review,… Read more »
Nancy Chen Long
Eight Ways of Looking at a Man-Kite

Nancy Chen Long - Eight Ways of Looking at a Man-Kite

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017), winner of the Tampa Review Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing… Read more »
Ande Davis
Firefly Season

Ande Davis - Firefly Season

Ande Davis lives, teaches, and writes in Northeast Kansas. His work has previously appeared in PANK, Hawai’i Review, South Dakota Review, and cream city review, among others. Read more »
Carolyn Oliver
Horse Latitudes

Carolyn Oliver - Horse Latitudes

Carolyn Oliver’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in FIELD, Indiana Review, The Shallow Ends, The Greensboro Review, Booth, Glass, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. She won the 2018 Writer’s Block… Read more »
Julie Marie Wade
Portrait of Regret as a Door-to-Door Salesman

Julie Marie Wade - Portrait of Regret as a Door-to-Door Salesman

Julie Marie Wade is the author of ten collections of poetry and prose, including Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, Small Fires, Postage Due, When I Was Straight, Catechism: A Love Story, SIX, Same-Sexy… Read more »
Kathleen Lane

Kathleen Lane - Stealers

Stories from Kathleen Lane’s recently completed short story collection, Deaths I’ve Imagined, can be found in Los Angeles Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Writer’s Digest, Swink Magazine, Forest… Read more »
John Hazard

John Hazard - Testing

John Hazard lives in Birmingham, Michigan. He has taught at the University of Memphis and, more recently, at Oakland University and the Cranbrook Schools in suburban Detroit. His fiction has been… Read more »
Sarah Starr Murphy
The Birth of Athena

Sarah Starr Murphy - The Birth of Athena

Sarah Starr Murphy is a writer and teacher in rural Connecticut whose stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Forge Literary Magazine, Opossum, Menda City Review, and several others. She… Read more »
Rachel Greenley
The Cedar

Rachel Greenley - The Cedar

Creative Nonfiction
Rachel Greenley is a Seattle-based writer. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Months To Years, and Wayne Literary Review. Rachel's memoir manuscript The Lake Effect: an excavation of love and loss… Read more »
Frank Haberle
The Snow Catches Up

Frank Haberle - The Snow Catches Up

Frank Haberle’s short stories have won awards from Pen Parentis (2011), Beautiful Losers magazine (2017) and the Sustainable Arts Foundation (2013). They have appeared in more than 30 magazines… Read more »
Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore - Transmutation

Creative Nonfiction
Amanda Moore's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Best New Poets, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of… Read more »
Sarah Salway

Sarah Salway - Waves

Sarah Salway is a novelist, poet and writing tutor based in Kent, England. Her novels have been translated into several languages, and her poetry has appeared in many places including financial… Read more »
Emily Paige Wilson
What I’ll Tell My Great-Great-Granddaughters

Emily Paige Wilson - What I’ll Tell My Great-Great-Granddaughters

Emily Paige Wilson’s debut chapbook I’ll Build Us a Home was published by Finishing Line Press (2018). She has received nominations for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize. Her… Read more »
Daniel Turtel
White Horses

Daniel Turtel - White Horses

Daniel Turtel grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a degree in mathematics and has been living in New York City since. In 2018, he won the Faulkner… Read more »

Dear Gravity [Shall I Call You Shiva?]

Rebecca Aronson

Shall I call you Shiva? I know your pleasures:
taking down an overpass, toppling a crane. You
downed a space shuttle for its presumption. Flick
at people as we scuttle. You pulled me down once
to test my brittle frame. You win. My bones are balsa
and they bend only a little. It was just a prank; your attention
really elsewhere. Class bully, you are picking on another nerd
whose limbs stiffen like drying plaster. The rest
is air, except his solid head so full he can hardly hold it.
Things fall because space curves. Space curves because of matter.
The body’s matter displaces space a little with every step,
and so he falls, my father, his mind on the curve
of pavement, carefully treading on matter’s ghostly shadow. Read more »