Jon Lampe
A Confession Between Lambert and Lansdowne Station

Jon Lampe - A Confession Between Lambert and Lansdowne Station

Poetry
Jon Lampe received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. His work has appeared in Pleiades, Salt Hill, and Big Muddy, among others. Read more »
Maxine Rosaler
A Sample Boy

Maxine Rosaler - A Sample Boy

Fiction
"A Sample Boy" is part of Maxine Rosaler's novel in stories, Queen for a Day, which will be published by Delphinium Press in June 2018. The novel has received a starred Kirkus Review and has been… Read more »
Sarah Carson
Baby, Your Daddy Called to Say He Gave Us Chlamydia

Sarah Carson - Baby, Your Daddy Called to Say He Gave Us Chlamydia

Poetry
Sarah Carson is the author of the books Buick City (Mayapple Press) and Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press). She lives outside of Flint, Michigan with her daughter and two dogs. Read more »
Meg Mullins
Christmas Gift

Meg Mullins - Christmas Gift

Fiction
Meg Mullins is the author of three novels, The Rug Merchant, Dear Strangers, and This is How I’d Love You. Her work has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series and… Read more »
Linda Parsons
Divine Rods

Linda Parsons - Divine Rods

Poetry
Linda Parsons is a poet and playwright and formerly an editor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, former poetry editor of Now… Read more »
Jen Hirt
Dogcatcher

Jen Hirt - Dogcatcher

Creative Nonfiction
Jen Hirt’s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees (University of Akron/Ringtaw Press), won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award. Her essay “Lores of Last Unicorns,”… Read more »
Lis Sanchez
Foolish

Lis Sanchez - Foolish

Poetry
Lis Sanchez has writing appearing or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Salamander, New Orleans Review, Harvard Review Online, The Bark, Puerto Del Sol, Lunch Ticket Amuse-Bouche, The Boiler, Journal of… Read more »
Allison Adair
If Imagination and Memory met unexpectedly, one last time

Allison Adair - If Imagination and Memory met unexpectedly, one last time

Poetry
Allison Adair’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, Boston Review, FIELD, Ninth Letter, and Subtropics, among other journals, and will be included in this year’s Best… Read more »
Danielle Mitchell
Interview with Girlhood Fears

Danielle Mitchell - Interview with Girlhood Fears

Poetry
Danielle Mitchell is the author of Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry (Tebot Bach 2017), selected by Gail Wronsky for the Clockwise Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in apt, Hayden’s Ferry Review,… Read more »
Lana Spendl
Peephole

Lana Spendl - Peephole

Fiction
Lana Spendl's chapbook of short fiction, We Cradled Each Other in the Air, was published in 2017 by Blue Lyra Press. Her short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The… Read more »
Hudson Jungck
Resurrection

Hudson Jungck - Resurrection

Creative Nonfiction
Hudson Jungck lives and works in Colorado. Read more »
Ann V. DeVilbiss
Spell for the Healing Chorus

Ann V. DeVilbiss - Spell for the Healing Chorus

Poetry
Ann V. DeVilbiss has had work in Crab Orchard Review, The Maine Review, Pangyrus, and elsewhere, with work forthcoming in BOAAT and The Laurel Review. She is the recipient of the Betty Gabehart Prize… Read more »
Will Schwartz
Strange Men

Will Schwartz - Strange Men

Fiction
Will Schwartz has published fiction in Ninth Letter and Newtown Literary, and he won the 2017 Briarcliff Review contest for fiction. He is currently finishing his MFA at the University of Illinois,… Read more »
Luke Muyskens
Striker

Luke Muyskens - Striker

Fiction
Luke Muyskens lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His fiction has appeared most recently in Arts & Letters, New Madrid, Emrys, Hopkins Review, and Superstition Review. His poetry has appeared most… Read more »
Connor Saparoff Ferguson
The Chrysalid

Connor Saparoff Ferguson - The Chrysalid

Fiction
Connor Saparoff Ferguson is a writer and translator whose fiction and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, The Millions, Electric Literature, Hippocampus, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. Born and… Read more »
Rosalyn Rossignol
The Widow’s Child

Rosalyn Rossignol - The Widow’s Child

Creative Nonfiction
Rosalyn Rossignol, PhD, is an artist and writer who lives in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She has previously published two books on the 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer, a number of short… Read more »
Kateema Lee
Transcript of the Unnamed

Kateema Lee - Transcript of the Unnamed

Poetry
Kateema Lee is a Washington, D.C. native. Her recent work has been published in print and online journals such as Pirene’s Fountain, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, African American Review, Gargoyle, and… Read more »

Dogcatcher

Jen Hirt

What I remember most was the dogcatcher keeping his distance from me and the black German shepherd.

He hadn’t been able to catch her.

I had. I’d laid my bare hands on her neck, searched for the thin collar deep in thick fur, hooked my fingers under it, held her safe from the traffic. I’d done it without thinking.

~

Half an hour earlier, I’d been jogging the riverfront bike path next to the three one-way lanes of Front Street, which heads toward downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It’s an urban park with gardens, benches, and exercise stations. The wide and old Susquehanna River borders the park on the other side, with steep and weedy banks. From my house to Division Street and back is about a two-mile jog.

A city maintenance truck was blocking the path, and I was thinking of using it as an excuse to turn back. It was June and already humid enough to kill my will to move. But then I realized it was the truck of the city’s animal control officer. The dogcatcher! I jogged faster. I spotted him a ways down the path, in his dirty brown uniform, which made him look like… Read more »