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We’re excited to announce that our 2020 issue (vol 59!) has been released!

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2020 Prize Winners have been posted on our “Awards” page, and the Table of Contents is available below!

 

2020 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Fiction by Mehdi M. Kashani

Homemade………………………………………………………………………………….. 8

 

Poem by John Hyland

Too Much……………………………………………………………………………………….16

 

Poem by Charles Harper Webb

Remedies……………………………………………………………………………………….17

 

Poems by Elton Glaser

Cut and Paste………………………………………………………………………………….18

Five Loose Haiku …………………………………………………………………………….19

Hazards and Grace………………………………………………………………………….20

In the Nave of the New World………………………………………………………….21

Pixelated………………………………………………………………………………………….22

 

Fiction by Debbie Bateman

Intimacy………………………………………………………………………………………….. 23

 

Poem by Carla Panciera

Some Consideration of Pigeons, the Afterlife……………………………………..28

 

Poem by Tom Hansen

Apples and Oranges………………………………………………………………………….29

 

Poem by Paul Genega Moordener

Kill……………………………………………………………………………………………………..31

 

Fiction by Patricia Horvath

Griswold……………………………………………………………………………………………32

 

Poems by Jenn Blair

The War Ended …………………………………………………………………………………38

My Love ……………………………………………………………………………………………39

The Ballad of Jesse Garon………………………………………………………………….40

 

Fiction by R.M. Kinder

The Dancer’s Son………………………………………………………………………………43

 

Featured Artist, Ruby Berry

Biography & Artist’s Statement …………………………………………………………52

Portfolio …………………………………………………………………………………………..53

 

Poems by F. Daniel Rzicznek

All Business………………………………………………………………………………………60

Contraband Hands……………………………………………………………………………61

Habit Former…………………………………………………………………………………….62

Gastropub Cadaver……………………………………………………………………………63

 

Fiction by Heath Dollar

Down From the Mountain…………………………………………………………………64

 

Poem by Ann Lauinger

The Parlor Wit……………………………………………………………………………….. 68

 

Poem by Benjamin Brezner

On Lineage …………………………………………………………………………………….69

 

Poem by Sarah Summerson

taxidermied black bear …………………………………………………………………….70

 

Poem by Laura Sweeney

I’m Not Normally A Sign Girl, But I Was Told Pussy Riot Would Be Here (II)…………..71

 

Fiction by Portia Tewogbade

Legal …………………………………………………………………………………………………72

 

Poem by Ben Lewellyn-Taylor

How It Is Now…………………………………………………………………………………….78

 

Poem by Dana Salvador

Sunday Morning in June………………………………………………………………………79

 

Poems by Adam Clay Finger

on the Heart……………………………………………………………………………………….80

No One With Luck ………………………………………………………………………………81

Off Like a Cloud ………………………………………………………………………………… 82

 

Fiction by John Loonam

The Unexamined Life………………………………………………………………………….83

 

Poems by Dobby Gibson

Sun Salutation ……………………………………………………………………………………90

Hold Everything ………………………………………………………………………………….91

May Day………………………………………………………………………………………………92

New Year’s Eve …………………………………………………………………………………….93

 

Fiction by Brandi Reissenweber

Basic Needs ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 94

 

Poem by Jo Angela Edwins

Magdalene…………………………………………………………………………………….100

 

Poem by Diane K. Martin

Word in Edgewise ………………………………………………………………………….101

 

Poem by Marilyn Kallet

Entreaty………………………………………………………………………………………..102

 

Poems by Claire Wahmanholm

Meltwater [Ice / stretches between]……………………………………………….103

Meltwater [We / land]…………………………………………………………………….108

Meltwater [O / world] …………………………………………………………………….112

 

Contributor Notes ……………………………………………………………………………116

 

2020 Award Winners—Selected by Guest Judge Heather Harpham……. 120