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The Carney

Franklin Klavon

Scott suddenly remembered all the good advice he’d been given in his life, particularly by his own mother, forewarning of the dangers of picking up hitchhikers.


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Brilliantine, 1963

Meredith Davies Hadaway

I am a thin, pale vehicle for tangles.


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Jason Warshof

Jesse had a laugh so consuming that it caused his entire body to quake, often upsetting his balance as he stood there with his cane on the sidewalk, or even in the middle of Atherton Street when traffic was light.


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Birth Day

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

She’s illusion     Some say She’s creation /
plays with imagination     Then rips /
the magic carpet away



Her Body and Other Parties

A review of Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties

  A reader can take from these stories and their discussions of bodies many lessons, meanings, and interpretations, but they all ultimately return to one central truth: having a body is horrifying.




Chris Daley

The more excluded she was from the conversation, the more she felt like the tequila congealed in her throat.


the song cave

Riddles, Etc.

 A Conversation with Geoffrey Hilsabeck

The first line of “Remaking the Music Box” was said to me in a dream by the painter Franz Kline. The sixth line was something my daughter said one day when we were coloring. Are these moments then not me, not mine?


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It Started with a Centerfold

Cindy Bradley

Kathy sought out new experiences and people with unrivaled exuberance. She collected new friends, stray animals the way I collected favorite books and authors.



The Book of Resting Places

A review of Thomas Mira Y Lopez

Thomas Mira y Lopez uses his grief over his father’s death to ponder the various approaches humans have taken when burying or otherwise memorializing the dead. 


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In the Distance

A Review of Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance

At its core, In the Distance speaks to the isolation felt by many who, through immigration, are forced to confront the vast and foreign landscape of the United States.



The Thin Black Taste of Summer

Feature Nonfiction by Isidra Mencos

It felt good to have a secret, to be noticed after always feeling lost within the blurry abundance of ten siblings.


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A Tyranny of Bounty

 Feature Poetry by Catharine Lucas

What part of me is so afraid /
it would be wasteful /
To leave some for the birds?


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Feature Fiction by Richard Thomson

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The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded

 McCully Brown

What McCully Brown’s work in empathy amounts to is nothing short of wild and exquisite….

Letter from the Editors

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Dear Reader,

a letter from the Editors, Callie Wofford & Marilyse V. Figueroa

2017 may be ending, but the many events that took place will continue to influence the new year. New writing is what encourages us in aftermaths such as these.