Creative Nonfiction | November 15, 2015

Meeting the Mortar God by Matt Young

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Matt Young is a veteran, writer, and teacher. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University. His work can be found in Tin House, River Teeth, [PANK], BULL: Men’s Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Follow him @young_em_see.

Creative Nonfiction | November 15, 2015

The List of Alternative Theories by Lisa Romeo

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Lisa Romeo’s nonfiction has appeared in dozens of literary and mainstream venues, including Hippocampus, The New York Times, Sweet, Sport Literate, Brain Child, and Under the Sun, and is forthcoming in Digital Americana and Synaesthesia. She is part of the founding faculty of the Bay Path University MFA program, teaches at Montclair State University, and is creative nonfiction editor of Compose. This piece is an excerpt from her memoir manuscript about confronting her father’s death. Lisa’s former careers include covering horse sports as an equestrian journalist and operating a public relations agency. Lisa lives in northern New Jersey, and you can find her online at Twitter @Lisa Romeo or via her blog.

Creative Nonfiction | November 15, 2015

On Boobs by Katie O’Neill


Katie O’Neill holds an MFA in creative writing from Buter University. She has a short story published in 34thParallel. Her essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Hippocampus Magazine, Word Riot, Eunoia Review and

Creative Nonfiction | November 15, 2015

The Places I Remember by Sequoia Nagamatsu

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Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the Japanese folktale and pop-culture inspired story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in May 2016. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, The Fairy Tale Review, Black Warrior Review, and Tin House online, among others. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine and a visiting assistant professor at The College of Idaho.

Creative Nonfiction | November 15, 2015

The Plate Rail by Bud Jennings


Bud Jennings completed NYU’s graduate creative writing program, and his short prose has shown up in several literary magazines, including Superstition Review, Gertrude 34thParallel, Educe, Christopher Street, and Between C&D. An excerpt of his novel appeared in Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction & Poetry by Multicultural Writers (Rattlecat Press). He’s received support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Blue Mountain Center, the New York State Writers Institute, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Bud teaches English in a high school and lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his husband, Rick.

Creative Nonfiction | November 15, 2015

How Deep They Cut by Lynn Marie Houston


Lynn Marie Houston is an award-winning poet (The Clever Dream of Man, Aldrich Press) and an essayist. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Prick of the Spindle, Full Grown People, Squalorly, and others, and is forthcoming from Bluestem. She holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. at Southern Connecticut State University. When she isn’t renovating her 1968 Airstream camper, she likes to hike or kayak.

Creative Nonfiction | October 15, 2015

Incarnations by Amy Sasser

Boy. My dad called me “Boy” when I was little. Never mind that I had an older brother—the moniker was not a response to something lacking in his life. Never mind that our hot southern summers had not yet taught me the horrid realities of slavery and degradation. I was little. I didn’t know. I took no offense.       He used the word with no particular malice or animosity. He loved me, truly. As I grew, I found that love harder and harder to see, but that is the nature of a girl’s relationship with her daddy, I suppose. He

Creative Nonfiction | October 15, 2015

Back to Back by Claire Polders


Claire Polders is a Dutch author of four novels. Her short prose in English has appeared in Hobart, Flash, Literary Orphans, and elsewhere. Currently she’s finishing her first novel in English. She lives in Paris, but you may find her at @clairepolders or

Creative Nonfiction | October 15, 2015

The Bell Tower by Paul Crenshaw


Paul Crenshaw’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, Glimmer Train, Ecotone, North American Review and Brevity, among others. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University.

Creative Nonfiction | October 15, 2015

The Psychedelic by Anuradha Bhowmik

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Anuradha Bhowmik is a Bangladeshi-American poet and writer from South Jersey. She is an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech, where she is currently the poetry editor for the minnesota review. She graduated with a B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Anuradha has been awarded a Grin City Collective Emerging Artist Residency, as well as scholarships to the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Boiler, Origins, Pithead Chapel, Lunch Ticket, Star 82 Review, Lumen, and elsewhere.