Brad Rose
A Girl Like You

Brad Rose - A Girl Like You

Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California, and lives in Boston. His poetry and fiction have appeared at: Off the Coast, Third Wednesday, The Potomac, San Pedro River Review, Santa Fe… Read more »
Sally Rosen Kindred
At the Altar of My Fifth Year

Sally Rosen Kindred - At the Altar of My Fifth Year

Sally Rosen Kindred’s first poetry collection is No Eden (Mayapple Press, 2011). Her chapbook, Darling Hands, Darling Tongue, is due out from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2013, and her next book, Book of… Read more »
Priyatam Mudivarti
Blue Flame

Priyatam Mudivarti - Blue Flame

Priyatam Mudivarti grew up in India and the Middle East and now calls Cambridge his home, where he works as a software engineer. He recently received his MFA in Fiction from Pacific University, and is… Read more »
Patrick Milian

Patrick Milian - Boy,

Patrick Milian lives in Seattle, Washington where he is pursuing an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington. He is also associate editor of the Seattle Review. Read more »
Angie Macri
Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity

Angie Macri - Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity

Angie Macri’s recent work appears in New Plains Review, Tar River Poetry, and 2River View, among other journals. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs and teaches in Little Rock. Read more »
Le Hinton

Le Hinton - Epidemic

Contest - 1st Place
Le Hinton is the author of four poetry collections including, Black on Most Days (Iris G. Press, 2008) and The God of Our Dreams (Iris G. Press, 2010). His work has been (or soon will be) published in… Read more »
Michael Whalen

Michael Whalen - Landing

This shot was taken out the window of a tiny plane as it descended toward Aitutaki (Cook Islands), with the aircraft and outer reef reflected in the bullet-like shape of the spinning propeller nose… Read more »
Helen Degen Cohen
Midnight in Paris

Helen Degen Cohen - Midnight in Paris

Helen Degen Cohen is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, First Prize in British Stand Magazine’s International Short Story Competition, three Illinois Arts… Read more »
Kristin Camitta Zimet
New Year's Trip

Kristin Camitta Zimet - New Year's Trip

Kristin Camitta Zimet is the Editor of The Sow's Ear Poetry Review and the author of the full length poetry collection Take in My Arms the Dark. Her poetry is in a multitude of anthologies and… Read more »
Reginald Harris
Self-Portrait as My Father’s Son

Reginald Harris - Self-Portrait as My Father’s Son

Winner of the 2012 Cave Canem / Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography, Reginald Harris is Poetry in The Branches Coordinator and Information Technology Director for Poets House.… Read more »
Shenan Prestwich

Shenan Prestwich - Settling

Contest - 2nd Place
Shenan Prestwich is a Washington, DC-based poet and graduate of the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Slow Trains, PigeonBike, Lines +… Read more »
D.M. Armstrong
Take Care

D.M. Armstrong - Take Care

Contest - 3rd Place
D. M. Armstrong is the fiction editor of Witness Magazine and recipient of the Black Mountain Institute fellowship at UNLV, where he’s a PhD candidate in Fiction. Most recently his stories have… Read more »
Michael Ugulini
The Cardinals of Avery Street

Michael Ugulini - The Cardinals of Avery Street

Michael Ugulini is a full-time freelance writer from the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. He is a published writer of newsletter articles, feature articles, SEO articles, and corporate profiles. His… Read more »
Brandel France de Bravo
The Chemistry of Distance

Brandel France de Bravo - The Chemistry of Distance

Brandel France de Bravo’s poetry collection, Provenance, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize in 2008. She is co-author of Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise your… Read more »
Joanna Pearson
The Moon Children

Joanna Pearson - The Moon Children

Joanna Pearson's first book of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth, was chosen by Marilyn Nelson for the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. She lives in Baltimore, where she works as a resident physician at… Read more »
Amanda Leigh Rogers
The Safest Sex Is Absence

Amanda Leigh Rogers - The Safest Sex Is Absence

Amanda Leigh Rogers lives in Abington, Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons and teaches at Bryn Athyn College. She is interested in poetry as both spiritual practice and artistic endeavor. Her… Read more »
Grace Curtis
The Shape of a Box as Appearing

Grace Curtis - The Shape of a Box as Appearing

Creative Nonfiction
Grace Curtis has lived her entire life in southern Ohio and has finally come to appreciate how interwoven she is with its landscape. In 2010 she completed an MFA in poetry at Ashland University. In… Read more »
Jon Udelson
The Twelfth Remember

Jon Udelson - The Twelfth Remember

Jon Udelson is a graduate of City College’s MFA program in Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared in [sic] literary journal and Fiction Magazine, and his non-fiction title, Arabic Tattoos,… Read more »
Jen Hirt
Too Many Questions About Strawberries

Jen Hirt - Too Many Questions About Strawberries

Jen Hirt’s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees, won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award for 2011. Her essay “Lores of Last Unicorns,” published in The Gettysburg… Read more »
Gregory Wolos
Tweetsie Railroad

Gregory Wolos - Tweetsie Railroad

Gregory Wolos’s short fiction has recently appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, LITnIMAGE, The Baltimore Review, The Los Angeles Review, PANK Magazine, A cappella Zoo, Superstition Review, FRiGG, Prime… Read more »
Noreen McAuliffe
Under the Locust Tree

Noreen McAuliffe - Under the Locust Tree

Creative Nonfiction
Noreen McAuliffe earned an MA in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives on the East coast and summers in Mongolia. Read more »
Megan Grumbling

Megan Grumbling - Vapors

Megan Grumbling’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other journals; and she has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the… Read more »
Andrew Abbott
We Did Not Return

Andrew Abbott - We Did Not Return

Andrew Abbott (born 1979) currently lives in Madrid Spain. He attended the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) where he failed beginning ceramics twice. "My work is mostly small and done on… Read more »
Linda Pastan
Weeping Cherry

Linda Pastan - Weeping Cherry

Linda Pastan's latest book is Traveling Light. She received the Ruth Lilly Prize in 2003, and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award. From 1991 to 1995 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Read more »
Elizabeth Wetmore
Women & Horses

Elizabeth Wetmore - Women & Horses

A native of West Texas, Elizabeth Wetmore is writing a novel set in the oil patch and a collection of short stories set in Phoenix, Arizona. Both projects have been nurtured and sustained by the love… Read more »

Blue Flame

Priyatam Mudivarti

Last year I burned my father. Saw his dry veins, heard his crackling bones, and threw his ash into the sacred Godavari. Today I pass the border of paddies and trees and return to the mountain. Roads run forever. I wheel my Jeep, shifting gears, drive up and up and park on the gravel next to his cabin. I pull my eyes on the flight of stairs. My Father. He was here.

He trained me how to breathe. Look before you photograph, he’d say. Observe the shifting sunrise, the watchful moon. Observe the stillness, the static feeling that can’t be seen—that moment before a tiger leaps, before a breeze cools the grass and blows on your ears. Observe.

Plaster flakes have fallen on the ceiling of his cabin. I peek my head into his office. Outside the window a tree branches out, hanging in the wind. Mosquitoes are smashed dead against the remaining glass. A film negative, scarred with cigarette burns. Six moldy cigars. I search under the desk, paw through scraps of torn magazines. I open a cloth from a trunk and dust a pile of leftover bones. In them I find his medium-format lenses. His Mamiya. I hid… Read more »