Howl

Lisbeth White is a poet/dancer/performer and VONA alum. She works as an expressive arts therapist, supporting people in discovering the arts as healing. Her current poetry project centers around ancestry and the unique relationships women of color experience in connection to nature. Howl i wake up to coyotes yellowing the air up and down the […]

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August Heat

It was the summer I was investigating my desirability in the typical foolish way of girls, seeing how many boys I could get to want me. You were living with that band, “Slut Magnet,” an unfortunate name for you, the only girl. We sat outside in the white plastic lawn chairs, drinking mimosas to the […]

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Outside the Box

Stephanie Rael graduated from Boise State University in 2010, where she studied English literature and philosophy. Two of her favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky and Witold Gombrowicz. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho Outside the Box There was once a mouse who lived in a box. The box was made of brown cardboard and had […]

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Sparkler Manifestos

Jonathan Simkins lives in Denver’s RiNo district. He is the author with artist Justin Ankenbauer of the ekphrastic chapbook, Translucent Winds (Helikon Gallery & Studios, 2016). The title poem of his second chapbook, This Is The Crucible (LuNaMoPoLiS, 2017), was nominated for Best New Poets 2016. His poems have appeared in various publications, including Epigraph […]

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Brazilian Wax with Myriam

  Moses chanted a song for the men; he would chant for them and they would answer him. And Miriam chanted a song for the women. —Rashi We take our clothes off differently depending on who is watching. Myriam says, Take everything off below the waist. She stands in the corner— maroon scrubs, black bun piled […]

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Cameras, this summer

Debarun Sarkar sleeps, eats, reads, smokes, drinks, labors and occasionally writes and submits. He studied English and Sociology at the universities, but now spends most of his time juggling between freelancing and writing while halting at Calcutta for the moment. Works have previously appeared and or are forthcoming in The Brown Critique, Aainanagar, Foliate Oak, Cerebration, […]

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A Coven in Essex County | Beulah

Below is Part 4 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, BETTA BEULAH It had been years since Beulah had spent any meaningful amount of time in front of her mirror. When the last of her line had left five years ago, she had decided it was […]

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Untitled #2

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013).   You lean against her thigh as if this gravestone no longer smells from grass longs for a dry riverbed not sure […]

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Crick or Creek

  Marianne Lyon has been a music teacher for 39 years. After teaching in Hong Kong she returned to the Napa Valley and has been published in various literary magazines and reviews. She spends time each year teaching in Nicaragua. She is a member of the California Writers Club and Healdsburg Literary Guild. She is an Adjunct […]

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Lake House

Melissa Watt holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Breakwater Review, Ohio Edit, Lunch Ticket, Cheap Pop, Poetry Quarterly and Black Heart Magazine. Lake House When I get home, I break a mirror, twisting to see the back of my reflection. This sudden neon sense of […]

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What Type of Red Are You?

Michael Fisher holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and is an MA candidate in English at Clark University. He is the author of the book Libretto for the Exhausted World available from Spuyten Duvil Press. What Type of Red Are You? but that’s not what happened, she said her red hair on […]

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The Extra Mile

  Elizabeth Mastrangelo first started writing fiction on her mother’s Canon typewriter thirty-five years ago. These days, she teaches English to ninth and tenth graders and also works as a freelance ghostwriter, copywriter, and editor. Liz holds an MEd and an MA in English from UMass Boston and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson […]

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Girl Knees

White sheets and a bachelor apartment. He called it a studio. It was: a single Chinese lantern, a mattress on the floor. A blond desk spread with glossy photographs and negatives, proof sheets, still wet-looking. I sat on his bed and opened an art book, his cue to sit by me. He was older and […]

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The Names of Birds

Ryan Bayless lives in Austin, Texas and teaches English and Fine Arts at Texas A&M University-Central Texas where he also serves as editor of The Lookout: A Journal of Literature and the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Wayfarer, Canary, The Aurorean, Tipton Poetry Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Right Hand Pointing, Written River, […]

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Sometimes the world

Erol P. Kin is an educator, writer, husband and father in the San Francisco Bay Area. Erol is currently working on a publication written during an unmedicated manic period brought on by undiagnosed bipolar disorder. The title of this manuscript is “Birds in Flight.” Sometimes the world Sometimes the world is too much for him.   The […]

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For Better or Worse

There are days I drag through, head down through the deaths of my red dogs, the oxymoron of religious war, lists of going-extinct songbirds, and the sonic bombardment of whales in war games. These gumbo muds stick in my stout boots, tar-goo I cannot shuck off with knives of steel or wipe clean with rags […]

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A Coven in Essex County | Betta

Below is Part 3 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, An Invitation to Tea BETTA Betta said a little prayer with her hand on the door knob. She was not sure she said all the words right, but she also was not sure it mattered. […]

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Untitled #1

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). These shelves are used to it, pruned the way stress will age the branches first –you can hear the tree struggling […]

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Epistle to Medea

Helen Park’s work has appeared in BlazeVOX, Sleet Magazine, Inertia Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology of Asian American Women’s Poetry (Deep Bowl Press, 2008) and others. She is currently working on a novel loosely based upon three legend-worthy and chaotic generations of women in her family.   Epistle to […]

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Brush Strokes

Gareth Culshaw is an aspiring writer who hopes to achieve something with the pen. His poems have appeared in Nature Writing, Sentinel, The Galway Review, Bindweed Magazine, and Treehouse. He lives in Wales, UK. Brush Strokes I flipped the lid the toffee scent of oil based paint swam up my nose. How it seems all familiar repeating teenage days. […]

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Anything Bill Can Do, Jill Can Do Better: Bustin’ Ghosts and Breaking Hearts

I’m not going to tell you that Ghostbusters (2016) changed my life. I mean, it’s just a movie. No one was reinventing the wheel. It’s a reboot/remake/third installment of something that has been around as long as I have, something that has been ever present in my childhood sci-fi loving household. In fact, one of my […]

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Smoke Beyond Masdar

Debarun Sarkar sleeps, eats, reads, smokes, drinks, labors and occasionally writes and submits. He studied English and Sociology at the universities, but now spends most of his time juggling between freelancing and writing while halting at Calcutta for the moment. Works have previously appeared and or are forthcoming in The Brown Critique, Aainanagar, Foliate Oak, Cerebration, […]

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Steinbeckian Americana Whatevs

Gerard Sarnat is the author of four critically acclaimed collections. HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016) are available at select bookstores and on Amazon. In 2015 work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs […]

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Non Debatable

Judge Bean spends a lot of time with his dog in the Pacific Northwest thinking about things he should do. Non Debatable I used to give away my likes Like rays from a tiny sun lighting my loves best I could now I hold them tight like padlocks hold bikes I try not to participate […]

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Bear Versus Raccoon

“Excuse me, but—Dr. Panda. That’s a very unusual name.” “Yes, well.” The light from the window hit the doctor’s large round spectacles, and for a moment they looked like a one-way glass. “Your scans show some very concerning developments, Mr. Worth.” Pete heard what the man was saying. He saw the look of worry on […]

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Intersections

I am running alone in a park near my apartment. A cop pulls up, sits in his car, windows tinted. The air is violent in my lungs. He watches me run three laps before he calls me over—asks if I mind if he closes the park gate. Asks if I’m military, pointing at my tattoos, […]

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Metric Systems circa 1963 

Gerard Sarnat is the author of four critically acclaimed collections. HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016) are available at select bookstores and on Amazon. In 2015 work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle, and featured in Songs […]

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