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Jesus Opens a Condom by Dana Guthrie Martin

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Dana Guthrie Martin’s chapbooks include Toward What Is Awful (YesYes Books, 2012), In the Space Where I Was (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012), and The Spare Room (Blood Pudding Press, 2009). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Barrow Street, Failbetter, Fence, FRiGG, Juked, Muzzle, and Vinyl Poetry. She was a finalist in the 2013 New South Writing Contest and a finalist for the 2008 Best of the Net Anthology. She is the founding editor of Cascadia Review, a journal that focuses on the work of poets and artists in the Cascadia bioregion.

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Two Poems by Peter LaBerge

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Peter LaBerge is the author of the chapbook Hook (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). His work appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Redivider, Copper Nickel, Best New Poets 2014, DIAGRAM, and Indiana Review, among others. He lives in Philadelphia, where he is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Adroit Journal. For more: www.peterlaberge.com.

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For the Boy Who Went to War and Came Back Fire, Came Back Song by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

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Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a queer, mixed-race, second-generation Colombian immigrant, writer, scholar, artist, and activist. She is committed to creative work as a practice of witness, social documentation, historical memory, radical healing, provocation to action, and as a tool for liberation. Her poetry has been seen or is forthcoming in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Kudzu House Review, As/Us, Feminist Studies Journal, Nepantla, Yellow Medicine Review, Write Bloody’s ‘We Will Be Shelter’, and others. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Two Poems by Tasha Graff

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Tasha Graff is a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English and Bowdoin College. Her chapbook Similarities (2012) is available from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as English Journal, Ocean Magazine, Epigraph Magazine, Camroc Press Review and From the Fishouse. She recently moved home from Barcelona and lives, writes and teaches on the coast of Maine.

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Bathhouse on Melrose by Jackson Sabbagh

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I grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. I’m currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Florida. My poems have been published in such journals as The Sarah Lawrence College Lit Review, Assaracus, Green Blotter, Calliope, Chelsea Station, and Bop Dead City. I was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets College Prize at Sarah Lawrence College, 2012.

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Two Poems by Christina Mun-Lutz

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Christina Mun-Lutz lives in St. Petersburg, FL where she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, RHINO, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

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Two Poems by Derek JG Williams

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Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He’s an MFA candidate at UMass Boston. His poems are published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, Salamander, The Cortland Review, Redivider, and Best New Poets 2013, among others. Find him at http://derekjgwilliams.com/

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Audio Tour at Alcatraz Prison by Ranjani Murali

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Ranjani Murali has an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University where she taught creative writing workshops, English, and composition. Her poetry, nonfiction, and translations have appeared in Pratilipi, Phoebe, Cricket Online Review, Kartika Review, and elsewhere. She won the 2014 Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize and has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Vermont Studio Center. She currently freelances as an editor and tutor, and runs Gradwrify, a Facebook-based tutoring service for Indian and other “non-native” English speakers who need help with U.S. graduate school application materials.

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Two Poems by Anna Meister

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Listen to a reading of “I say your name” by Anna Meister.

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like a bright & snowless winter day I’ve walked in for so long my hands are numbed-through & chapped, a pattern close to moss spread over rocks found high in our climb in Colorado where you held me for a photo in front of likely one thousand pine trees that blurred to an emerald wash behind us & we showed all our teeth because marriage & it hadn’t yet rained & we saw three deer walking to the river which sounded full of

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Two Poems by Karla Cordero

Karla Cordero is a Loft Literary Fellow and Editor of Spit Journal. Her poetry is published and forthcoming in Words Dance Publishing, The Acentos Review, Poetry International, Gutters and Alleyways Anthology and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods, is to be published in 2015 by Dancing Girl Press. You can follow her passion for performance poetry on www.spitjournal.com

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