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 →

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman

KEITH CARVER, of Michigan, is a transnational educrat with a DHS file and big-boy striver debt. Ex-Fulbright/Cub Scout. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in *Rust + Moth, Blacktop Passages, Adelaide, Your Impossible Voice, and a*rmarolla*. *He lives near the Black Sea with his wife. Read more →

Arcticana

BRANDON MARLON is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 200+ publications in 27 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com Read more →

Three Poems

LYDIA RENEE ARMSTRONG lives in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has appeared in The Axe Factory, apt, Voicemail Poems, Crack the Spine, Neon, Arsenic Lobster, Blotterature, and others. She was nominated for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in the United Kingdom, and was included in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books). She is currently working on a novel. Read more →

Marin Headlands

JORDAN BARKER is a 2018 graduate of the University of Mary Washington where she majored in English and sociology. At UMW she hosted a radio show which she believes was instrumental in the development of her poetic voice. Her poems focus on specific locations and how each of these places produce a powerful and, often times, tangible response. In the spring of 2018, she presented her chapbook, When You Surface from the Swim, at UMW’s 14th annual Kemp Symposium. She can frequently be found at local coffee shops drinking a borderline unhealthy amount of caffeine and reading anything and everything by Kurt Vonnegut. She currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia Read more →