Issue 26 Fiction

Leaving Maine
by Devin Murphy

On the highway returning east, Rory kept looking through the rearview mirror at the wrecked car he was towing. The splintered windshield was bowed out in the shape of his son’s head and mile after mile, each shard of glass took on the grief of Rory’s own life, the loss of his own parents, the losses he saw in the war, the slow death of Irma, the million immediate tragedies of his children, and now this, the flash of one of their lives snuffed out.

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People Counting
by Melissa Scholes Young

the census taker drinks her coffee black.  She doesn’t have time for cream, for the frothing or warming of dairy.  Sugar is a cover up. She sips her coffee standing at the glass door to her backyard—the one she’s never stepped foot on during the four months she’s been renting this condo—and counts birds. 34 this morning. 37 yesterday.  She wants to know the birds’ types. She wants to look up their species so that she might know who they are. Labels matter. 

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Executive Editor
Tom Grimes

Managing Editor
Jeremy Garrett

Co-Managing Editor
Jeremy Bauer

Poetry Editor
Dana Sprayberry-Thompson

Fiction Editor
Chelsea Campbell

Nonfiction Editor
Sean Rose

Aaron M. Fortkamp

Copy Editor
Reyes Ramirez

Interview Editor
Ben Seanor

Media Editor
Jessica Martin

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Jennifer Whalen

Book Review Editor
Jane Hawley

Cristina Chopalli
Laura Drell
Michael Kaufmann-Lynch
Stephen McIlhon
Kamron Mehrinfar
Graeme Mullen
Sara Olivares
Mary Perna
Danny Peters
Michael Pitoniak

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Steve Wilson

Founding Editors
Michael Hart
Evelyn Lauer
Josh Magnuson
Toby Peterson
Michael Wolfe

Advisory Board
Katie Angermeier
Ben Engel
Evelyn Lauer
Herpreet Singh


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