Adam Carpenter
#ponytailforjail

Adam Carpenter - #ponytailforjail

Contest - 3rd Place
Adam Carpenter loves writing like a fat kid loves cake. He teaches English, produces music, and is one-half of the band Yacht Party. Most of his work is sonic and has been featured on radio stations… Read more »
Geoff Wyss
Black and White

Geoff Wyss - Black and White

Fiction
Geoff Wyss’s book of stories, How, won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction and was published in 2012. His second novel is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. His fiction has appeared… Read more »
Lina Ferreira
Cain

Lina Ferreira - Cain

Fiction
Lina Ferreira is the author of “Drown Sever Sing” and currently works as a visiting assistant professor in The Ohio State University. She is a graduate of The University of Iowa’s Creative… Read more »
Robert Evory
Cartel Sadness

Robert Evory - Cartel Sadness

Poetry
Robert Evory is a poet and musician from Detroit, Michigan. With an MFA from Syracuse University he currently teaches creative writing as a Doctoral Assistant at Western Michigan University where he… Read more »
Gregory Wolos
Diorama

Gregory Wolos - Diorama

Fiction
Gregory Wolos’s short fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road, Nashville Review, A-Minor Magazine, JMWW, Yemassee, The Baltimore Review, The Madison Review, T. J. Eckleburg… Read more »
Sarah Giragosian
Family History

Sarah Giragosian - Family History

Contest - 2nd Place
Sarah Giragosian’s first book of poems Queer Fish won the 2014 American Poetry Journal Book Prize and will be published by Dream Horse Press in 2015. Her poems have been published in such journals… Read more »
Daniel Uncapher
Five Handy Men

Daniel Uncapher - Five Handy Men

Creative Nonfiction
Daniel Uncapher is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he won multiple awards in the Southern Literary Festival for his poetry and nonfiction. In his spare time,… Read more »
Jaclyn Dwyer
Geography Lessons

Jaclyn Dwyer - Geography Lessons

Creative Nonfiction
Jaclyn Dwyer has published poems in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iron Horse Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, The Journal, and Witness, among others. Her prose has appeared… Read more »
Jen DeGregorio
Intruder

Jen DeGregorio - Intruder

Poetry
Jen DeGregorio's poetry and prose has appeared in Able Muse, The Collagist, PANK, The Rumpus, Salon.com and other publications. She teaches writing in New York and New Jersey and runs the Cross Review… Read more »
Jane Rose Porter
It's Clean

Jane Rose Porter - It's Clean

Contest - 1st Place
Jane Rose Porter is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She was a 2013 Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center For Fiction and has been awarded residencies by the Jentel Artist Residency… Read more »
Caitlin Scarano
Moon Among Mammals

Caitlin Scarano - Moon Among Mammals

Poetry
Caitlin Scarano is a poet in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD creative writing program. She was a finalist for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology and the winner of the 2015 Indiana Review… Read more »
Jehanne Dubrow
Nocturne with Orders to Yokosuka

Jehanne Dubrow - Nocturne with Orders to Yokosuka

Poetry
Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (U of New Mexico P, 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern UP, 2012), and Stateside (Northwestern UP,… Read more »
John Walser
Nothing Howls

John Walser - Nothing Howls

Poetry
John Walser, an associate professor of English at Marian University in Wisconsin and a founding member of the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, holds a doctorate in English and Creative Writing from… Read more »
Kate Folk
Shueyville

Kate Folk - Shueyville

Fiction
Kate Folk is from Iowa and now lives in San Francisco. Her stories have appeared in Monkeybicycle, Word Riot, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Tin House Flash Fridays, and elsewhere. She was a 2014… Read more »
Amie Whittemore
Spell for the End of Grief

Amie Whittemore - Spell for the End of Grief

Poetry
Amie Whittemore earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her poems have appeared in North American Review, Smartish Pace, Gettysburg Review, Cimarron Review, The Hollins Critic,… Read more »
Curtis Smith
The Culvert

Curtis Smith - The Culvert

Fiction
Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His most recent books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53) and Communion (essays, Dock Street Press). Next spring, Ig Publishing will… Read more »
Gary Hawkins
The Surveyor

Gary Hawkins - The Surveyor

Poetry
Gary Hawkins is a poet, teacher, and scholar who grew up in the suburbs of the West. His debut collection of poetry, Worker, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag in 2016. His poetry, pedagogy, and… Read more »
Kate Washington
The Winding

Kate Washington - The Winding

Creative Nonfiction
Kate Washington is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The Bellingham Review; Brain, Child; and Ninth Letter to Sunset, The Washington Post,… Read more »

It's Clean

Jane Rose Porter

The knot of gold slipped from Lucy’s fingers to the parquet floor when the phone rang. “Shit!” she called into the empty room and pressed the phone to her cheek, crawling along the floor of her studio apartment. She ran her fingers between the uneven grooves of the old floorboards in search of the gold chain and its elephant charm.

“What is it?” she said, groping along the slats of wood. Her father was calling. He always wanted to talk at the most inopportune moments, but she felt an obligation to answer when his name appeared on her phone. The last time she'd ignored his calls, her grandmother had suffered a heart attack and nearly died.

“Why such a rush? You’ve got someone over there waiting for you?” he said.

“Mind your business,” she said.

“You know where I was today?" he went on. "You’re not going to believe where I was today.” Every phone call with him, like a bad standup routine.

“Hurry up, Dad. I’m late.” She pressed her free cheek to the floor and peered under the sofa, thick with dust and hair.

“You know who called me?” he tried instead, as… Read more »