Issue 44.2
Winter/Spring 2024

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Table of Contents

Jennifer Maritza McCauley Gemelo 10
Joshua Wetjen Cotillion 34
G. H. Plaag Hurricane 61
Katrina Denza Tell Me What to Do 83
Sarah Brockhaus Origin Story for Audio Recording 7
Mea Culpa but I’m Not Sorry 8
M.M. Kelly A Year Later 27
Sleep Study 28
Steve Fay One Eve 30
Of Those Who Wake From Wells Dug Late at Night 32
Jen Hirt Surplus 45
Brandon Kilbourne The Charcoal Speck 57
Noriko 59
Andrew Payton Parenthood #2 (Earth) 76
Parenthood #3 (Water) 77
R.J. Lambert My Mother at 3 A.M. 78
Naila Mahadeo Hess White Picket Fences 80
Afternoon Tea [With a Porcupine] 82
Aaron Rabinowitz Invitations 83


Sarah Brockhaus is an MFA student at Louisiana State University and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Salisbury University. She is a co-editor of The Shore Poetry and a nonfiction editor for New Delta Review. Her poems can be found in Sugar House Review, North American Review, Roanoke Review, Cider Press Review and elsewhere.
Katrina Denza’s work has appeared in New Delta Review, The MacGuffin, and a previous issue of Jabberwock Review, among other places. The art installation in the opening scene of her story is real. It’s “Untitled (Eels)” by Patty Chang.
Steve Fay’s poetry has appeared in anthologies and a variety of literary journals including Ascent, Beloit Poetry Journal, Comstock Review, Decadent Review, Field, Menacing Hedge, Santa Clara Review, Tar River Poetry, and TriQuarterly. His collection, what nature: Poems, was published by Northwestern University Press in 1998. He is currently working on a second collection of writing and photography. He lives in Fulton County, Illinois.
Naila Mahadeo Hess (BA, MSIAD) is a poet born and raised in Trinidad, West Indies. A Bread Loaf alum, she is a fifth generation daughter of the vibrant and resilient Desi diaspora that took root in the Post-Colonial Caribbean. She now lives in the Philadelphia suburbs where tropical plants may have a hard time surviving outside the sanctuary of their greenhouses. Like her people, her work can be found in various publications around the globe.
Jen Hirt is the author of the memoir Under Glass, the essay collection Hear Me Ohio, and the poetry chapbook Too Many Questions About Strawberries. She is the co-editor of two anthologies: Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers; and Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction. She is the editor of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies. Read more of her work at
M.M. Kelly earned an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, where she studied cross-genre in fiction as well. She also holds an A. B. in Political Theory from Princeton University and a J. D. from Virginia Law. Her poetry has appeared in Hanging Loose, The Shore and Quarter after Eight; and her work is forthcoming in The Asheville Review and Beyond Words Magazine, among others. She lives in rural Virginia with her shepherd dog, Huck.
Originally from Louisiana, Brandon Kilbourne is a Pushcart-nominated poet and research biologist working at the Berlin Museum of Natural History. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Ecotone, Obsidian,, Tahoma Literary Review, West Trade Review, Split Rock Review, The Hopper, Artemis, The Fourth River, Slant, Catamaran Literary Reader, Naugatuck River Review, Sky Island Journal, Panel Magazine, and elsewhere. Additionally, his work has also been translated into Estonian in Sirp.
R.J. Lambert (he/him) is a queer writer and editor based in Charleston, South Carolina. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Main Street Rag, The Good Life Review, and Posit, as well as in his debut collection, Mind Lit in Neon (FLP, 2022). R.J. teaches science writing and health communication at the Medical University of South Carolina and sometimes remembers to update his website at
Jennifer Maritza McCauley is the author of the poetry collection Scar On/Scar Off, which received an IPPY award and When Trying to Return Home, a short story collection, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Best Book of the Month by Kirkus, Ms. and Southern Review of Books and called a “Best Book to Read in 2023” by Today. She has been granted fellowships from the NEA, Kimbilio and CantoMundo. She received her MFA from FIU and her PhD from the University of Missouri. She is presently an assistant professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and fiction editor at Pleiades.
Andrew Payton is a writer, teacher, learning designer, and climate advocate living in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his partner and children. His work is featured or forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, and won the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review. He is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and teaches at Eastern Mennonite University.
G. H. Plaag is a non-binary poet, writer, and musician from Louisiana. They received their MFA from Hollins University, where they also taught, and have been supported by The Academy of American Poets, Winning Writers, The Winter Anthology, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. Currently, they reside in New Orleans, where they are developing a novel in conversation with various structures of power along the Gulf Coast.
Aaron Rabinowitz writes creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. He won PRISM international’s Creative Nonfiction Contest, Meridian’s Short Prose Prize, and CANSCAIP’s Writing for Children Competition. He was a writer-in-residence at PLAYA and his writing has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. He has work published/forthcoming in The Dalhousie Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Acta Victoriana, The Nashwaak Review, and Cherry Tree.
Joshua Wetjen is a high school English teacher living in Minneapolis and working in St. Paul. When not grading or chasing his two children, he likes to tinker on his jazz guitar and try new restaurants with his wife. His work has appeared in Atticus Review, MysteryTribune, and Yalobusha Review.