Wendell in a Potato

J. ALAN NELSON is a writer, poet and actor. He has stories, screenplays and poetry published or forthcoming in several journals. He also played the lead in “Gay Cake,” the verbose “Silent Al” in the Emmy-winning SXSWestworld and the creepy Rev. Bob Jones in the feature “Sister Aimee.” His IMDB link: http://m.imdb.com/name/nm6394406/ Read more →

The Atlantic

TIM FAGAN spends his days writing poetry and fiction in a converted piano factory near Boston, Massachusetts. His poetry has appeared in Chariton Review, The Avalon Literary Review, Wild Violet, The Mystic Blue Review, and elsewhere. His first novel, Killing Shore, was published in 2018. Read more →

Ode to the Valley

JENSEN MCRAE is in her final year at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, majoring in popular music performance with an emphasis in songwriting. Jensen was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Harvard-Westlake in 2015, where she won the John K. Sandifer Award for creative writing and competed on the school’s slam poetry team in her junior and senior years. Jensen’s poetry has been published in *Hooligan, Into the Void,* *Occulum*, and *Alchemy, *and is forthcoming from *Foglifter. *In March 2018, Jensen came in second place at the USC Undergraduate Writer’s Conference for her collection of poems, *Requiem for Bundy*. In March 2019, she came in second place at the USC Undergraduate Writer’s Conference for her collection of poems, *Manic Pixie American Dream.* She has written four novel manuscripts, four feature screenplays, several short screenplays, and hundreds of songs and poems. Read more →

I Will Not Make Pretty of This Death

JASON B CRAWFORD is black, bi-poly-queer, and a damn force of nature. In addition to being published in online literary magazines, such as BeLightFilled and The Knight’s Library, Jason is a recurring host poet for Ann Arbor OUTFest. He is currently working on publishing his second volume of poetry, and will be Ann Arbor Poetry’s featured poet in March 2019.
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Sunday Supper

JOSHUA PLACK is an aspiring writer at the University of Oregon where he won scholarship into the KIDD program, a creative writing workshop, which included mentoring from well-established authors. He recently won the Matthew Knight Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Shirley McClure Poetry Award. His work has been featured in literary journals such as the Pinyon Review, Echoes and Visions, the Underground, and Unbound. Read more →

The Winter We Learn to Drive

JOHN L. BYRNE is a queer writer from Nebraska, currently living in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is a second year MFA Candidate in poetry at the College of Charleston. He currently works in a haunted bookstore and as a teaching assistant for creative writing classes in poetry. He has work forthcoming in 2019 from Roanoke Review.
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Bill Bradney Has a Problem

MICHAEL T. SMITH is an Assistant Professor of the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University, where he received his PhD in English. He teaches cross-disciplinary courses that blend humanities with other areas. He has published over 40 pieces in over 20 different journals (mostly within the past year). He also has critical work recently published in Symbolism and Cinematic. He loves to travel.
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Stockholm City Centre

My mother rests in her final slumber, far away in a Swedish hospital, marooned between her life and the hereafter. Experts tell me she will not recover. She does not feel anything. Stuck in Stockholm. A catastrophic stroke at 76 – Too young. I understand the situation from my distance. I’m here in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and I worry. It’s… Read more →