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 →

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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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 →

The Queen Cannot Reply to Your Email

REID MITCHELL is a New Orleanian teaching in China. More specifically, he is a Scholar in Jiangsu Province’s 100 Foreign Talents Program, and a Professor of English at Yancheng Teachers University. He is also Consulting Editor of CHA: AN ASIAN LITERARY JOURNAL. His poems have been published by CHA, ASIA LITERARY REVIEW, IN POSSE, and elsewhere and he has a collection due out from a small press in Berlin. Way back in the 20th century, he published the novel A MAN UNDER AUTHORITY. He also had a separate career as an historian of the American Civil War. Read more →

Today is as Good as It Gets

CHARLENE LANGFUR is an organic gardener, a rescued dog advocate, a Syracuse University Graduate Writing Fellow. Her most recent publications include a series of poems in POETRY EAST and WEBER-THE CONTEMPORARY WEST (2016&2019), an essay in STILL POINT ARTS QUARTERLY (Dec 2018) and poems in 2018 in GRAVEL, CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW, THE CALIFORNIA QUARTERLY and a number of other magazines and journals.
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This Moment

KURT LUCHS has poems published in Into the Void, Antiphon, and The Sun Magazine, and won the 2017 Bermuda Triangle Poetry Prize. He founded the literary humor site TheBigJewel.com, and has written humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, as well as writing comedy for television and radio. Sagging Meniscus Press published his humor collection, It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny). His poetry chapbook, One of These Things Is Not Like the Other, is forthcoming. More of his work, both poetry and humor, is at kurtluchs.com. Read more →