Kathryn Brown
Ambushed

Kathryn Brown - Ambushed

Creative Nonfiction
Kathryn Brown is a retired captain with the San Francisco Police Department. She is currently working on a collection of short stories based on her experiences while working in high crime areas of the… Read more »
Kate McQuade
An Accident of Nature

Kate McQuade - An Accident of Nature

Poetry
Kate McQuade’s first novel, Two Harbors, was published by Harcourt under the name Kate Benson and released in the Netherlands as De Vrouw Die Haar Leven Acteerde in 2008. Her more recent fiction and… Read more »
Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Art of the Body

Christine Stewart-Nuñez - Art of the Body

Contest - 2nd Place
Poet and essayist Christine Stewart-Nuñez is the author of Untrussed (forthcoming 2016 from the University of New Mexico Press), Snow, Salt, Honey (Red Dragonfly Press 2012), Keeping Them Alive… Read more »
Roisin Kelly
Ballycotton

Roisin Kelly - Ballycotton

Poetry
Roisin Kelly is an Irish poet who was born in Belfast and raised in Co. Leitrim, and has since found her way to Cork City via a year on a remote island in the west of Ireland. Her poems have appeared… Read more »
Patricia Colleen Murphy
Dad’s Last Entrechat

Patricia Colleen Murphy - Dad’s Last Entrechat

Poetry
Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including… Read more »
Robert Edward Sullivan
Ebbing

Robert Edward Sullivan - Ebbing

Fiction
Robert Edward Sullivan is from the Midwest (Iowa and Michigan) but now lives in Oregon. He holds an MFA from Portland State University. He has stories published by The Southeast Review, McSweeney's… Read more »
Leslie Anne Jones
Foreigner Manager

Leslie Anne Jones - Foreigner Manager

Fiction
Leslie Anne Jones was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Dark winters, big glaciers, neighborhood moose—all that stuff. She spent four years working in China and Taiwan, but presently lives in… Read more »
David Kirby
I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

David Kirby - I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

Poetry
David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll,… Read more »
Virginia Smith Rice
I Won’t Be that Foolish (Domineer, Devour)

Virginia Smith Rice - I Won’t Be that Foolish (Domineer, Devour)

Poetry
Virginia Smith Rice is the author of When I Wake It Will Be Forever (Sundress Publications, 2014.) Her poems appear in Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Salamander,… Read more »
Destiny Birdsong
Injection Ending in a Bible Verse

Destiny Birdsong - Injection Ending in a Bible Verse

Poetry
Destiny Birdsong is a Pushcart-prize nominated poet and essayist whose poems have either appeared or are forthcoming in African American Review, At Length, Little Patuxent Review, Potomac Review, and… Read more »
Matthew Landrum
Mortling

Matthew Landrum - Mortling

Poetry
Matthew Landrum is poetry editor of Structo Magazine. His poems and translations have recently appeared in PANK, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Notre Dame Review. "Mortling" recently appeared… Read more »
Heidi Czerwiec
Nervous Systems

Heidi Czerwiec - Nervous Systems

Contest - 1st Place
Heidi Czerwiec is a poet, essayist, translator, and critic who teaches at the University of North Dakota, where she is poetry editor of North Dakota Quarterly. She is the author of two recent poetry… Read more »
Michael Johnson
Sitting on a Fallen Cedar

Michael Johnson - Sitting on a Fallen Cedar

Poetry
Michael Johnson is from Bella Coola, British Columbia. His poetry and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Fiddlehead, Weber, Shenandoah, and The Malahat Review, among others, and been… Read more »
Raquel Fontanilla
Souvenir From Where You’ve Been

Raquel Fontanilla - Souvenir From Where You’ve Been

Contest - 3rd Place
Raquel Fontanilla is a freelance translator with a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Tokyo. A native of New Zealand, she lives, hikes, and writes in the American Southwest. Her work… Read more »
Dan Malakoff
Standstill

Dan Malakoff - Standstill

Fiction
Dan Malakoff’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Prick of the Spindle, The Long Story, Ellipsis, River Styx, and other journals, and he has a novella out from Comet Press.… Read more »
Therese Borkenhagen
The Amazon

Therese Borkenhagen - The Amazon

Fiction
Therese Borkenhagen is a freelance writer and translator from Oslo, Norway. She completed her BA and MA in English Literature at the University of North Dakota. She has been awarded the John Little… Read more »
Maxine Rosaler
The Girl from Texas

Maxine Rosaler - The Girl from Texas

Fiction
Maxine Rosaler’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in or is scheduled to appear in The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Witness, Green Mountains Review, Fifth Wednesday, and other literary… Read more »
Scott Sikes
The Widow’s Daughter

Scott Sikes - The Widow’s Daughter

Fiction
This is Scott Sikes’ first published work. He is thrilled and also keeping his day job, which he loves. He works for a publisher. He lives with his wife and daughter in the mountains of Virginia and… Read more »
Nick Almeida
Watchdog

Nick Almeida - Watchdog

Fiction
Nick Almeida is an MFA candidate at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He holds an MA from Penn State University, and edits fiction for Bat City Review. Read more »
Paul David Adkins
Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Paul David Adkins - Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Poetry
Paul David Adkins grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and lives in New York, working as a counselor. He served in the US Army for 21 years, three months, and 18 days. Read more »

I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

David Kirby

“Every point on the earth,” said 13th-century Franciscan
friar Roger Bacon, “is the apex of a pyramid filled with
the fires of heaven.” I wonder what he meant by that.
Probably that there’s all this power under our feet and that
it’s up to us to figure out how to unlock it, which, for you

writers, means to write as though your life depends on it,
because it does. Put yourself in Dante’s shoes: in the Seventh
Circle of hell, there’s a river of boiling blood and a forest
of souls that become suffering trees, not to mention centaurs,
including Nessus, who fires off a couple of arrows but then

gives Dante and Virgil a ride out of there on his back.
You can’t make this shit up, folks. You have to be there,
see it, write it all down. Otherwise, you’re just turning
the Magic 8 Ball over and over: “Most likely,” “Outlook
doubtful,” “Try again later,” “My reply is no.”… Read more »