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2013

December 2013

FLASH FICTION
Champagne Breakfast by Catherine Chiarella Domonkos
On Father’s Beard by Jody Sperling
The Ventriloquist by Marcelina Vizcarra
God Bless the Child by Shaun Turner

NOVEL EXCERPTS
Understudies by Ravi Mangla
Rebrand by Jim Matthews
The Revenant by George Saitoh

CREATIVE NONFICTION
Notes on the Great Pigeon Race Disaster by Alicia Catt

POETRY
The Rainy Days We Said We’d Always Keep to Ourselves by Dason Anderson
Unemployment Poem #2 by Fatimah Asghar
CAROLINE WHO WILL YOU PRAY TO NOW THAT YOU ARE DEAD: SAINT RITA by Caroline Crew
Two Poems by Megan Dobkin
Barn Paint by Cody Ernst
Quentin Tarantino by Jacqui Germain
Forensic by Noel Sloboda
Three Poems by Ephraim Scott Sommers
THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER I RISE by Paul Watsky
he looks by Darrian Wesley

REVIEWS
The Number of Missing by Adam Berlin
The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
A Studied Innocence: Review of Amina Cain’s CREATURE and Eva Heisler’s DRAWING WATER
Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz
The Day of the Triffids by David Wyndham

November 2013

FLASH FICTION
Monkey Eyes by Kenneth Duffy
What She Saw in the Crystal Ball by Goldie Goldbloom
Give by Lana Huh
A Short List of Things You Wanted To Touch by Alisha Karabinus

SHORT STORIES
Picking Up A Burrito In A Walmart Parking Lot by Nathan Scott McNamara
Specters by Mariah Robbins

CREATIVE NONFICTION
Never Any End to Irony by Eliza Migdal

STRETCHING FORMS
Variations on Ophelia by Alexa Derman

INTERVIEWS
An Interview with Daryl Scroggins by Cooper Renner

REVIEWS
The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel
Brushes With by Kristina Marie Darling
Liliane’s Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater by Kelcey Parker
Bad Sex on Speed by Jerry Stahl

POETRY
Queer Fat by Aaron Apps
Substitutes by Emily Grace Bernard
Opalescence by Ryan Bollenbach
[I’m a kind of stupid marvel] by Jessica Comola
Two Poems by Suzi F. Garcia
Standing at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona by Tasha Graff
Two Poems by Dustin M. Hoffman
THE HAND THAT FED by Hieu Nguyen
No. 787899 by Jenifer Park
Fragment of a Honeymoon: We take a detour to a dead sea by Erin Rodoni

October 2013

FLASH FICTION
Disappearing Act by Katie Cortese
Permanence by Jesse Cramer
Escape Craft by Bridget Dooley
With Cat by Kelly Magee and Carol Guess
Halfway Home by Ian McCormick
The Black Toenail Diaries: an index by Mary McMyne
The Interpretation of Validated Instruments by Joel Smith

POETRY
The Same Dream by Michael Bazzett
Two Poems by Jennifer Hanks
I HAVE ALL THESE SKILLS by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins
Departure by Abriana Jette
Math Problem by Michael Lupi
Waiting on Lazarus by Al Ortolani
Denial by Eric Otto
Postmodern Like That by Michelle Reale
catalogue by Hannah White
That’s Great but I’m Like Big Whoop by Jeffrey Wasserboehr

REVIEWS
Against Art by Tomas Espedal
The Narcissistic and Borderline Disorders by James Masterson
The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei

September 2013

SHORT STORIES
Juárez by Caitlin Corrigan
The White Wings of Moths by Tessa Mellas
Mama’s Boy by M.E. Parker

FLASH FICTION
Edge of the Loch by Michelle Elvy
Really by Barbara Fried
An ounce of sauce hides a multitude of sins by Shane Joaquin Jimenez

POETRY
Acetone by Manda Kate Burgstrom
Serpentine by Kristen Gunther
Alquezar by Kevin King
Three Stitches by Farryl Last
POET GIRL by Kara Lyon
A Brief History of Human Knowledge by Stephen Massimilla
Time Catcher by Albulena Shabani
Ars Fabula by Carly Steele
Wastoid: Sonnets by Mathias Svalina
Two Haiku by Mike Topp

August 2013

CREATIVE NONFICTION
Brooklyn Zan Boko by Bani Amor

NOVEL EXCERPTS
The Cristiania Pushers’ Dog Show by Per Šmidl
CAT-STEALER by Simon Jacobs

EXPERIMENTAL
Two Prose Poems by Reem Abu-Baker
Hummels by Lily Hoang and Carmen Gimenez Smith

SHORT STORIES
Molosser by Cyndisa Coles-Harris
Gullstown by Edward Mc Whinney

REVIEWS
Crapalachia: A Biography of Place by Scott McClanahan

FLASH FICTION
Heads Up by Marian Brooks
To The Dance by Jessica Pisano

POETRY
On This Day in History by Jamie Gaughran-Perez
Novella by Mitchell Grabois
Night Yard by Nels Hanson
SUPPOSE A POEM by Gwendolyn Jensen
Red Lips by Erica Johnsonthe curate and the critic by Christopher Mulrooney
Failed Experiment in Gypsy Life by Loretta Oleck
Metronome by Stacey Spencer
It Felt Like Coming Home by Christina Stephens
Two Poems by Patrick Williams

July 2013

INTERVIEWS
An Interview With Anne Champion by Kristina Marie Darling
An Interview with Noah Cicero by Caleb Hildenbrandt

CREATIVE NONFICTION
A Case of Thirst, Annotated by Sarah Minor
Every Hole Is a Tunnel by Carly Susser

FLASH FICTION
Useless Animals by Nathan Goldman
Moonlight Madness by Emily Koon
Moon Time by Bob Thurber

SHORT STORIES
Amazing Grace by Rita Ariyhoshi
Boats Against the Current by Conor Kelley

POETRY
Three Poems by Wiley Birkhofer
Two Poems by Elizabeth Bohnhorst
The Diamond Sea by André Braga Cabral
Five Poems by J.M. Gamble
And Your Penance For Choosing the Wrong Man Shall Be by Crystal Hadidian
A Foreign Language by David Mohan
you’re gonna like it by Julia Perch
How to Leave Your Old Life by Claudia M. Reder

REVIEWS
Petrarchan by Kristina Marie Darling
ANIMAL Collection by Colin Winnette

June 2013

FLASH FICTION
Bed of Roses by Danielle Allen

NOVEL EXCERPTS
Bullshit Rodeo by Misti Rainwater-Lites

SHORT STORIES
The Funeral by Darlene P. Campos
The Salad by MH Rowe
Strip This Down by Nini Berndt-Di Lisio

STRETCHING FORMS
I’ll join you in the graveyard, if I can do my banking there by TJ Lyons

POETRY
Self (I/II) by Robert Balun
Five Poems by Lindsay Doukopoulos
Destination by Adam Day
At the Bar by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Maiden mouth by Dawnell Harrison
When I was a Romance Novel by Jeffrey Haynes
Love Song by Matthew Huff
Two Poems by Tristan Moss
61 by John Reed
sometimes by Chris Speckman

May 2013

REVIEWS
Upstaged by Jacques Jouet
Big Ray by Michael Kimball
Miss Plastique by Lynn Levin
The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge
Every Possible Blue by Matthew Thorburn

INTERVIEWS
An Interview with Kristina Marie Darling by Lightsey Darst

FLASH FICTION
We Walked Through Mansions All Summer by Frances Badgett
Family Tree by Ira Dawson
Patterns of Flight by Gabrielle Hovendon

STRETCHING FORMS
Recorded Music by Andy Peyrie
Marriage: A Math Lesson Plan by Caitlin M. Smith

POETRY
These are my best gifts: by Logen Cure
I Try to Remember it All but Forget by Matthew Harrison
Taste by Ryan Swofford
I know what I will tell you when I see you in church by Eszter Takacs
Portraits by Mihaela Tudor
Three Poems by Bridget Waldron
IT COULD BE DUSK by Jules Wood
Brief Reflections on the Post-Apocalyptic Moment when We Will Have to Love Robots by Matthew Yasuoka
Impatience by Ali Znaidi

April 2013

FLASH FICTION
For Art’s Sake by Carol Deminski
Patient Confidentiality by Emily Franklin
Foundations by David Mohan
In the Time It Takes Me to Forget You My Hair Will Grow Back to the Way You Like It by Maddy Raskulinecz
Ellipsis is every Futurist’s three bodyguards in shades… by Eldon Reishus
THE PINK SLIP by Marcus Slease

STRETCHING FORMS
Three Prose-Poems by Amanda Deo

SHORT STORIES
Keith’s Week by Kyle Brown
Get Down with the Sickness by Thomas Kearnes
Love, Rose by Missy Roback

POETRY
The Mermaid Rejects Your Story by Jessica Rae Bergamino
Ode to Stephen Graham Jones by Heather Foster
December, California by George Korolog
Satisfaction by Erik P. Kraft
SCENES OF INSOMNIA by Conley Lowrance
Poem at the End of the World by Jason Michael MacLeod
The King of His Lawn by Brice Maiurro
grown up (cause I know what coffee means) by Shazia Hafiz Ramji
the landfill electric by Daniel Woody

March 2013

REVIEWS
David Foster Wallace was Wrong: Why John Updike Mattered and Always Will by Art Edwards

FLASH FICTION
A New Space by Caitlin Barasch
Toll by Colleen Kiely

CREATIVE NONFICTION
The State of Women: August 26, 1920 by Tara Gilboy
This Lingering by Kelly Miller

STRETCHING FORMS
I Lie In A Way That Knows Me by Parker Tettleton

SHORT STORIES
Me and My Sister and the Bear by Owen Clements
The Unreliable. by Edward Mc Whinney
Grady George–Man of the Hour by Jim Meirose

POETRY
The Mermaid’s Lament by Mckendy Fils-Aime
Confession by Emily Maloney
NO ONE GETS OUT OF HERE ALIVE by Bradford Middleton
Sphinx by MF Nagel
Litany For The Waning Moon by Emily O’Neill
[24] by Randolph Pfaff
wraith by Danez Smith
Flipped A Canyon Upside Down, All I Got Was A Dripping Mountain by Claire Williams
Two Poems by Monika Zobel

February 2013

INTERVIEWS
An Interview With Rick Rofihe by Nicolle Elizabeth
An Interview With Nico Vassilakis by David Hoenigman

REVIEWS
My Pet Serial Killer by Michael J. Seidlinger
Monogamy Songs by Gregory Sherl

FLASH FICTION
Time the Heart Beats by Peter Colwell
Speed Ramp by Gordon Highland
3 City Prose Poems by Claudia Serea
Baring by Hananah Zaheer

STRETCHING FORMS
I am starless by Jackie Cope

SHORT STORIES
Jawbone by Catherine Carberry
An Extraordinary Case by Kate Leary
Rules to Die By by Monica Z. Sage

POETRY
Place by Jagannath Adukuri
INVITATION TO POETRY by Laurie Barton
Letter from Another Place by Shane Cashman
I Fucking Love Pop Rocks by Shannon Cassady
Sunken by Shebana Coelho
Huh-Huh-Huh by Paul Michael French
Devil Bottomless by Benjamin Gross
Kiss Me, Stupid by Brian Le Lay
The Thrill by Eric Paul
WHALE RESCUES STRANDED MOTORIST by Quinn White

January 2013

INTERVIEWS
An Interview With Alex Grecian by MaryAnne Kolton
An Interview With Thomas E. Kennedy by Timmy Waldron

REVIEWS
The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss

FLASH FICTION
Deathday and the Next Day by Steve Danziger
Halibut Point by Molly Dektar
Motown’s Most Lonely by Jason Joyce
Two Fictions by Peter Zuppardo

NOVEL EXCERPTS
Getting Lucky by Thomas E. Kennedy
Me by M.O.N.

SHORT STORIES
Rules We Abide By by Matthew Ankeny
The Wheel by Randall DeVallance
The Sound of Healing by Emil Ostrovski

POETRY
Six Poems by Jordan Boyd
A quiet dream at the beach at night by Joshua Espinoza
Four Poems by Shannon Hardwick
why there can never be enough juniper trees in newark, new jersey tonight by Joanne Koong
Camille’s Half-full Glass by Jennifer Lagier
Two Poems by Alyssa Nickerson
It’s All Academic by M.P. Powers
Apocalypticism by Sy Roth