Merna Dyer Skinner
After Selling Your Lake House

Merna Dyer Skinner - After Selling Your Lake House

Poetry
Merna Dyer Skinner is a poet, photographer, and the president and founder of the communications consulting firm Satori Communications, Inc. Merna’s most recent poems appear in Quartet, The… Read more »
Gerry LaFemina
Another Lesson in the Lesser Miracles

Gerry LaFemina - Another Lesson in the Lesser Miracles

Poetry
Gerry LaFemina is the author of over twenty books, including The Story of Ash (poems, Anhinga Press, 2018) and Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping (prose poems, Madville Publishing, 2020). Madville will… Read more »
Madison Jozefiak
Day One

Madison Jozefiak - Day One

Fiction
Madison Jozefiak studied English and creative writing at Colgate University in Upstate New York. She currently works and lives in Boston with some roommates who are good at baking. Her work also… Read more »
Kerry Folan
Empty Pedestals

Kerry Folan - Empty Pedestals

Creative Nonfiction
Kerry Folan’s creative nonfiction has recently appeared in Ninth Letter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Southeast Review, Literary Hub, and River Teeth, among others. She teaches writing and… Read more »
Iqra Khan
Hijrah

Iqra Khan - Hijrah

Poetry
Iqra Khan is a bilingual poet, activist, and accidental law graduate from India. Her poems have appeared in The Bombay Review and University of Warwick's journal, Feminist Dissent. Her articles have… Read more »
Emily Franklin
Laundry

Emily Franklin - Laundry

Poetry
Emily Franklin's debut poetry collection Tell Me How You Got Here was published by Terrapin Books in 2021. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Guernica, New Ohio Review, Cincinnati Review,… Read more »
Brandon Hansen
On Shrugging

Brandon Hansen - On Shrugging

Creative Nonfiction
Brandon Hansen is a Truman Capote Scholar at the University of Montana’s MFA program. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in LIT Magazine, Puerto Del Sol, Cape Rock Poetry, and a few other… Read more »
Janet Jennings
The Knock

Janet Jennings - The Knock

Poetry
Janet Jennings’ poetry and flash fiction have appeared in Agni Online, Nimrod, Shenandoah, and Verse Daily, among others. She is the author of the chapbook Traces in Water. For twenty years she… Read more »
Caroline Pittman
The Strand at Lough Beg

Caroline Pittman - The Strand at Lough Beg

Poetry
Caroline Pittman lives with her family in Atlanta. Her work can be found in Threepenny, Thrush, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Read more »
Nicholas Maistros
The Sudden Ocean

Nicholas Maistros - The Sudden Ocean

Fiction
Stories and essays by Nicholas Maistros have appeared in Witness, The Literary Review, Sycamore Review, Nimrod, Sequestrum, Washington Square Review, Colorado Review, Beloit Fiction Journal,… Read more »
Justine Chan
To the Howling and Back

Justine Chan - To the Howling and Back

Fiction
Justine Chan is a Chinese American writer and singer-songwriter from Chicago. She holds an MFA in Prose from the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned her BA from the University of Illinois… Read more »
Morgan Florsheim
Toward the Pith

Morgan Florsheim - Toward the Pith

Creative Nonfiction
Morgan Florsheim is a writer and educator based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Though she no longer does ecology research, she still loves spending time in the woods and playing in the dirt. Her… Read more »
John Glowney
Truth

John Glowney - Truth

Poetry
John Glowney is a graduate of the University of Michigan. His poems have appeared more recently in, among others: New Ohio Review, The Bitter Oleander, North American Review, Shenandoah, 32 Poems,… Read more »
J.T. Robertson
Walking Down

J.T. Robertson - Walking Down

Fiction
J.T. Robertson is the author of The Memory Thieves (2014) published by Black Hill Press. His work has also appeared in Jelly Bucket, The Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, and other publications. He is… Read more »
Dannye Romine Powell
We Sit in the Red Glider These Late Summer Evenings

Dannye Romine Powell - We Sit in the Red Glider These Late Summer Evenings

Poetry
Dannye Romine Powell’s fifth collection, In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver, won the Roanoke Chowan Award for 2020 for the best book of poetry published that year by a North Carolinian. Her poems… Read more »

Day One

Madison Jozefiak

It was difficult to pay attention to the CEO and not the fangs of the screaming baboon behind him. In fact, all of the animal photography was distracting.

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” he asked as the phone rang, and he snatched it off the handset.

“Yes? Christ, what is it now?”

I breathed an internal sigh of relief at the interruption. My first job interview was not going well. Photography aside, the office ceiling was too high. I could hear the tick-tick-tick of a clock but couldn’t tell where it was coming from. My two-inch heels were two sizes too big. My feet slid down the slopes of the arches and my toes were squeezed into the point at the end.

“The third-floor printer is broken,” the CEO said into the phone. “It can’t be fixed. Get used to it.”

Just a week ago, I had earned my degree in compliance engineering with a federal policy focus. I received my diploma in a musty auditorium full of artificial calla lilies. There was a perfunctory burst of applause, followed by a drawn-out slow handclap from my cousin Ross. I had been thrilled to receive an… Read more »