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TO HUNGER by Cynthia Roth

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Cynthia Roth is an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Fellow and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in poetry at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She lectures on design and typography at SIU Carbondale, co-owns a sculpture studio, and likes to fish. Her new poetry chapbook from Dusie Press is titled Ekphrasis. An e-version of Ekphrasis will be posted on the Dusie site this summer.

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Still Life with Kendrick Lamar’s Mama’s Van Driving in Reverse by Cortney Charleston

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Cortney Lamar Charleston was raised in the Chicago suburbs by two South Siders, but currently lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and its premier performance poetry collective, The Excelano Project. He is also a founder and editorial lead for BLACK PANTONE, an inclusive digital cataloging of black identity. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Lunch Ticket, Specter Magazine, Kinfolks Quarterly, Bird’s Thumb, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, among others.

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Plague by Joanna Chen

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Joanna Chen’s poetry, literary translations and essays have most recently been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Cactus Heart, Poet Lore and The Bakery, among others. Joanna teaches creative writing and literary translation, and is guest poetry editor of The Ilanot Review. Please visit her at www.joannachen.com or follow her on Twitter @joannachen1 with pleasure.

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For the Guy Who Unfriended Me on Facebook After I Got Married by Chrys Tobey

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Chrys teaches college writing in the allergy inducing greenery of Portland, Oregon. In 2008, her chapbook, Wash Away: Marie Antoinette Visits My Mind, was published by Finishing Line Press, and her poetry has been published in many literary journals, most recently Atlanta Review, the minnesota review, and Smartish Pace. She dreams of adopting a goat and naming him Rick Steves.

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Supergirl On Batgirl by Amber Rambharose

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Amber Rambharose is an Assistant Editor at YesYes Books and the Editor-in-Chief of Forthcoming Poets. Her poems have appeared in Burntdistrict, Thrush Poetry Journal, Whiskey Island Magazine, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she now reads, writes, and freelances in Philadelphia.

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Two Poems by Patrick Kindig

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Patrick Kindig is a graduate student at Indiana University. His poems have appeared in the Jabberwock Review, the Found Poetry Review, Eclectica, and elsewhere.

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Two Poems by Emily Zhang

Emily Zhang will be a high school junior in the fall. She recently attended the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio, and her poetry is forthcoming in Polyphony and the Louisville Review. She likes reality television.

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[the floor broke] by Freya Gibbon

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Two Poems by Emily O’Neill

Emily O’Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl. Her recent poems and stories can be found in Muzzle Magazine, Paper Darts, Sugar House Review, and Whiskey Island, among others. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Yes Yes Books in 2014. You can pick her brain at http://emily-oneill.com.

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after Andy’s show, which was magnificent by Sean Patrick Mulroy

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after Andy’s show, which was magnificent by Sean Patrick Mulroy [PDF]

Listen to a reading of “after Andy’s show, which was magnificent” by Sean Patrick Mulroy.

About the Author

Born and raised in Southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the Union Army during the Civil War to serve as a makeshift hospital. As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards. Now he writes poems. Sean is a 2013 Lambda Literary

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