Justin Carter
Autumn Returns to Martins Ferry, Ohio

Justin Carter - Autumn Returns to Martins Ferry, Ohio

Justin Carter is a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas. His work appears in The Collagist, cream city review, The Journal, Sonora Review, and Sycamore Review. Read more »
Brett Riley
Closed for Storm

Brett Riley - Closed for Storm

Brett Riley is the author of The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light (Ink Brush Press) and the screenplay Candy’s First Kiss, which won or placed in five contests. His stories have appeared in… Read more »
Susan Rich

Susan Rich - Coordinates

Susan Rich is an award-winning poet, editor, and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. She's the author of four poetry collections including, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy, and The Alchemist's… Read more »
Roy White

Roy White - Correspondences

Roy White is a blind person who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a lovely woman and a handsome lab mix. His work has appeared, or is about to, in BOAAT Journal, American Journal of Poetry,… Read more »
Brendan Walsh
Dropping Weight

Brendan Walsh - Dropping Weight

Contest - 3rd Place
Brendan Walsh has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work appears in Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, Wisconsin Review, Mudfish, Lines + Stars, and other journals. He is… Read more »
Brian Czyzyk
Eating Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Brian Czyzyk - Eating Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Brian Czyzyk lives and writes in Northern Michigan. He was awarded the 2017 Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets from Atlanta Review, and has work published in or forthcoming from CutBank, Gulf Stream… Read more »
Pamela Schmid

Pamela Schmid - Emergence

Creative Nonfiction
Pamela Schmid lives in St. Paul, Minn., and is the creative nonfiction editor at Sleet, an online magazine. She was the recipient of a 2013-14 Loft Mentor Series award in nonfiction and the runner-up… Read more »
William Woolfitt
Fruit Jar

William Woolfitt - Fruit Jar

William Woolfitt is the author of three poetry collections: Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014), Charles of the Desert (Paraclete Press, 2016), and Spring Up Everlasting (Paraclete Press,… Read more »
Calvin Olsen
Hammer Strikes

Calvin Olsen - Hammer Strikes

Calvin Olsen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship for translation from Portuguese. His poetry and translations have appeared in… Read more »
Allie Marini
Kitchen Kisses

Allie Marini - Kitchen Kisses

Contest - 2nd Place
Allie Marini is a cross-genre writer holding degrees from both Antioch University of Los Angeles & New College of Florida. She has been a finalist for Best of the Net and nominated for the… Read more »
Cecily Berberat
Lemon drop

Cecily Berberat - Lemon drop

Contest - 1st Place
Cecily Berberat holds an MFA in Fiction and an MA in English literature from the University of Montana, Missoula. She is the recipient of the 2012 Montana Meadowlark Award, judged by Richard Ford, and… Read more »
Cady Vishniac

Cady Vishniac - M

Cady Vishniac is a Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar at the University of Michigan and a Translation Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. Her work has appeared most recently in Glimmer Train… Read more »
Sarah Toomey
Orzech Farms

Sarah Toomey - Orzech Farms

Sarah Toomey is a junior at Harvard College pursuing a BA in English. Her work has been featured in Off the Coast Magazine, The Harvard Advocate, and other local and college-founded literary… Read more »
Lupita Eyde-Tucker
Rules of Engagement

Lupita Eyde-Tucker - Rules of Engagement

Lupita Eyde-Tucker was raised in New Jersey and Guayaquil, Ecuador. She writes poetry in English and Spanish, and has studied poetry at Bread Loaf, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and is a Fellow at… Read more »
Afolabi Opanubi

Afolabi Opanubi - Rust

Afolabi Opanubi grew up in Port Harcourt, a city in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He lived there up until he was sixteen, after which, he left for Canada to study and work. Currently, he lives in… Read more »
Joe Kraus
Sears and Roebuck

Joe Kraus - Sears and Roebuck

Joe Kraus is a professor of English at the University of Scranton where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He’s the co-author of An Accidental Anarchist (Academy Chicago 2001),… Read more »
Maryann Corbett
State Office Building, Seventh Floor

Maryann Corbett - State Office Building, Seventh Floor

Maryann Corbett spent almost thirty-five years working for the Office of the Revisor of Statutes at the Minnesota Legislature. Her work has appeared widely in journals like 32 Poems, Barrow Street,… Read more »
Lauren Westerfield
The Need to Use Your Teeth

Lauren Westerfield - The Need to Use Your Teeth

Creative Nonfiction
Lauren W. Westerfield is an essayist, poet, and editor from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sonora Review, [PANK], Hobart, Phoebe, Permafrost, Noble/Gas… Read more »

Eating Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Brian Czyzyk

Her bonnet crunches like a floorboard breaking, and tastes of gingerbread. I can imagine its brim tipped through the window, a basket of cookies lowered to children who swell their cheeks with sweets, but never glimpse the baker’s smile. Each bite is a drumbeat that rings in my brain.

Her shoes are simple—brown like bread crust. I floss my teeth with the strings of her apron, then take in mouthfuls. The tulle links of her scarf crack and snap against my tongue. My jaw shivers. Clumps of sod lodge against my gums—each tooth a new tombstone.

When I clutch the sleeves of her dress, I catch wafts of ink, yeast, and lavender. I take it in as Eucharist—each stitch a psalm, a crumb of prayer. My molars make no sound as they grind the last of the hem. With my next breath, I learn how the air can burn my throat like brandy.

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