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Current Issue


Erik Wilbur At the Mandatory Active-Shooter Training 7
Shelly Stewart Cato Maybe, Everything, Rewind, Reverse 9
Danielle Roberts First Month in New York 12
Ashley M. Thomas atlantis 29
John Blair Junk 31
  Eclogue 13: The Altar of the Hand 33
Joanna Englert At My Last Supper Play Me Laverne & Shirley 52
  Usual Casualties 54
Peggy Hammond Residue 56
IsaacGeorge Lauritsen October 72
Jae Dyche Father Listening to AM Radio, 1966 74


Eleanor Vigneault This Little Piggy Got Some 14
Craig M. Foster The Dowsing of Linus Spalding 35
Senny George Home 57
Douglas A. Wright Palindromes 76
J. M. Jones Skittles 92
Contributors   109



John Blair has published six books, most recently Playful Song Called Beautiful (University of Iowa Press, 2016). His seventh book, The Art of Forgetting, is forthcoming this summer from Measure Press.

Shelly Stewart Cato holds a 2020 MFA in poetry from Sewanee School of Letters. She is a 2020 Rattle Poetry Prize finalist. Work is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Washington Square Review, Ponder Review, and New Ohio Review. She lived in the Mississippi Delta for twenty-five years and now writes near the Warrior River in Walker County, Alabama. She is passionate about genre bending and short forms, blurring lines between truth and imagination.

Jae Dyche earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Currently, she is a PhD student in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Her poetry most recently appeared in Poet Lore, Atlanta Review, and Reunion: The Dallas Review, and her first collection, The Potomac Elegies, is forthcoming. She lives in the Virginian Blue Ridge and works as the Creative Writing Lead at a Fine and Performing Arts High School in Northern Virginia.

Joanna Englert is a poet based in Louisville, KY, where she is also the marketing and publicity director at Sarabande Books. Joanna studied at Bellarmine University, Exeter College at the University of Oxford, and the University of Louisville, where she earned her MA in English. Her poems have been published in The Pinch, Miracle Monocle, Ariel Magazine, and have been performed on stage by the professional dance company Louisville Ballet.

Craig M. Foster is a writer and attorney whose other work is forthcoming in The MacGuffin and J Journal. He lives near the Texas-Arkansas border with his wife and three young sons.

Senny George is a Bronx-born writer and editor. She earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College and her BA in journalism from Syracuse University. Her work has been published in the literary journals Stone Canoe and Blackbird.

Peggy Hammond’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Rogue Agent, Ginosko Literary Journal, Trouvaille Review, Amethyst Review, and elsewhere. Her full-length play A Little Bit of Destiny was produced by OdysseyStage Theatre in Durham, NC.

J. M. Jones works as a writer and editor in Philadelphia with short fiction and nonfiction in Puerto del Sol, Potomac Review, The Normal School, Superstition Review, and Barrelhouse.

Isaac George Lauritsen is a poet, playwright, and illustrator. His work can be found, or is forthcoming, in Full Stop, Lost Pilots Lit, mutiny! magazine, The Shore, on a broadside from Octopus Books, and elsewhere. He served as Associate Poetry Editor for Bayou Magazine. He lives in New Orleans.

Danielle Roberts is a writer from California. She has appeared in Caesura and was a winner of Santa Clara County’s Poetry on the Move competition. She has forthcoming work in Poeming Pigeon—From Pandemic to Protest and The Poetry Society of New York—Poetry Brothel Anthology in autumn 2021. Find more of her at

Ashley M. Thomas, she/her/hers, was born and raised in Harlem, New York. As an artist, she is interested in exploring the intersections of culture, politics, and Beyoncé through a Black feminist lens. Ashley is a proud alumna of the First Wave Urban Arts Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently an MFA candidate studying Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama.

Eleanor Vigneault lives and writes and dates and daydreams in Los Angeles. Her previous work appears in the documents folder of her nine-year-old MacBook Air. This is her debut prose publication, which has her buzzing. For more: @elevig

Erik Wilbur teaches writing at Mohave Community College in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He is also the program director of Real Toads Poetry Society, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to literary education for residents of rural Arizona communities. You can read more at

Douglas A. Wright is a speechwriter, journalist, and short story writer living in upstate New York. His fiction has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Tin House Summer Workshop. His stories have appeared in Oyster River Pages, The Offbeat, and Popular Science among others. He is currently an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte.