Kelley J. P. Lindberg
A Sail of Ash

Kelley J. P. Lindberg - A Sail of Ash

Fiction
When Colorado-based freelance writer Kelley J. P. Lindberg isn’t writing, reading, hiking, or sailing, she’s traveling as far and as often as she can. If there’s still time left over, she blogs… Read more »
Stephen Cramer
Choice

Stephen Cramer - Choice

Poetry
Stephen Cramer’s first book of poems, Shiva’s Drum, was selected for the National Poetry Series and published by University of Illinois Press. Bone Music, his sixth,won the Louise Bogan Award and… Read more »
Robin Gow
Fetch

Robin Gow - Fetch

Poetry
Robin Gow is a trans and queer poet and Young Adult author from rural Pennsylvania. Robin is the author of the chapbook Honeysuckle by Finishing Line Press and the collection Our Lady of Perpetual… Read more »
Yunya Yang
Heritage

Yunya Yang - Heritage

Fiction
Yunya Yang was born and raised in Central China and moved to the US when she was eighteen. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Epiphany, Hobart, and Gulf Coast, among others. She currently serves as… Read more »
Jieyan Wang
How the Body Contains Flight

Jieyan Wang - How the Body Contains Flight

Contest - Creative Nonfiction
Jieyan Wang is a writer and rising first-year college student at Harvard University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Passages North, Witness, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and… Read more »
Claire Kortyna
Mizería

Claire Kortyna - Mizería

Creative Nonfiction
Claire Kortyna's work appears or is forthcoming in The Offbeat, The Jellyfish Review, The Maine Review, Beyond Words, and others. Her essay “Lunar Musings” won Flyway: Journal of Writing and… Read more »
Lis Sanchez
My Solitude Is Not as It Once Was

Lis Sanchez - My Solitude Is Not as It Once Was

Poetry
Lis Sanchez has poetry in Plume, The Puritan, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review Online, The Bark, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council… Read more »
Seher Fatema Vora
No God for Spilled Ink

Seher Fatema Vora - No God for Spilled Ink

Fiction
Seher Fatema Vora is a Pakistani American editor and writer. She has worked as an editor for academic and news publications, and recently shifted her focus to fiction. Seher holds an MA in… Read more »
Chido Muchemwa
Paradise

Chido Muchemwa - Paradise

Fiction
Chido Muchemwa is a Zimbabwean writer currently living in Canada. Her work has appeared in the Bacopa Literary Review, Humber Literary Review, Tincture Journal, and Apogee. She has been shortlisted… Read more »
James McKean
Reasons to Plant Raspberries

James McKean - Reasons to Plant Raspberries

Poetry
James McKean writes both poetry and non-fiction. He’s published three books of poems, Headlong, Tree of Heaven, and We Are the Bus, and two books of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports, and… Read more »
Jeffrey Bean
The Best Day of Middle School

Jeffrey Bean - The Best Day of Middle School

Contest - Prose Poem
Jeffrey Bean is Professor of English/Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is author of two chapbooks and the poetry collections Diminished Fifth and Woman Putting on Pearls, winner of… Read more »
Patricia Patterson
The Daughters

Patricia Patterson - The Daughters

Contest - Flash Fiction
Patricia Patterson is a Mexican-American writer and editor based in Central North Carolina. Her fiction is featured or forthcoming in PANK, Porter House Review, EcoTheo Review, and elsewhere. When… Read more »
Jarid McCarthy
The Maiden Speaks from a Willow Root

Jarid McCarthy - The Maiden Speaks from a Willow Root

Poetry
Jarid McCarthy is a poet and playwright residing in Southern California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Foglifter, Night Music Journal, Surfaces, and Old Youth Magazine. He is the creator… Read more »
David Bergman
The Man Approached by Dead Lovers

David Bergman - The Man Approached by Dead Lovers

Poetry
David Bergman is Professor Emeritus of English from Towson University and the author or editor of twenty books. Next year Black Spring Press will publish his first two murder mysteries, Unassisted… Read more »
Vishwas R. Gaitonde
The Saint

Vishwas R. Gaitonde - The Saint

Fiction
Photo credit: C. Anthony Huber Vishwas R. Gaitonde spent his formative years in India and now resides in the United States. He has been published in literary magazines such as The Iowa Review,… Read more »

How the Body Contains Flight

Jieyan Wang

I used to believe I would grow into a birdcage. When I was five, I ran my fingers over my ribs, thinking they were gilding themselves in gold. “Look, I’m shining,” I said to my mother, pointing at my chest. She replied she couldn’t see it and repeated that my body was as soft as it’s ever been. She kept doing this while tucking my hair behind my ear until I started to cry. Or, it wasn’t really a cry but more of a murmur. I didn’t know the words to explain “I can feel myself growing.” It was only later I could say, “I want to become strong enough to hold something beautiful inside me.” Even then, I didn’t follow it up with, “Because that’s what you can do, Ma. That’s what you’ve always done.”

My mother once taught me that the heart is a winged creature: it always goes where your body doesn’t want to land. When she was in her twenties, she crossed the Pacific Ocean into America, where we are today. “I never saw the water,” she explained to me, “I flew here over cloud cover.” Over a decade later, she held me in her hands… Read more »