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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The Woman Card

When men go on the stump, they should be explicit. Which woman card? The tarot’s lover card offers coupled male and female; maybe card art will catch up to truth. No doubt the politician means women who stand out. The Empress captures world strength in her scepter, Strength nurtures calm to tame a beasty lion. […]

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The Unreal Woman

Rose Knapp is a poet, novelist, multimedia artist, and electronic music producer. She has an experimental novel forthcoming and various poetry publications in BlazeVOX, Danse Macabre, OccuPoetry, Chicago Literati, and others. She currently divides her time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis.   The Unreal Woman 3 a.m. Broadway. No case. Fake facial shadow Surreal crimson lipstick glow     […]

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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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Mass Mourning

Karina Lutz is a workshop leader, poet, teacher, and lifelong activist. She helped secure passage of sustainable energy legislation, thwart a proposed megaport, and restore wetlands in Rhode Island. In 2013, she received honorable mention from Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Preliminary Visions. Mass Mourning Finally, we cracked. Poured out into the streets […]

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Art from Allen Forrest

Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. Allen studied acting in the Columbia Pictures Talent Program in Los Angeles and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College (receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital […]

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Why I Hacked A Whole Ponytail Off

Queens, NYC native Audrey T. Carroll is an MFA candidate whose obsessions include kittens, coffee, Supernatural, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and the Rooster Teeth community. Her work has been published in Fiction International, So to Speak, Feminine Inquiry, the A3 Review, and others. Her poetry collection, Queen of Pentacles, is forthcoming from Choose the Sword […]

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From the Giraffe in the Lobby of a Metropolitan Hospital in Portland, Oregon

Carolyn Martin is blissfully retired in Clackamas, OR, where she gardens, writes, and plays with creative friends. Her poems have appeared in publications throughout the US and UK including Antiphon, Stirring, Naugatuck River Review and Persimmon Tree. Her second collection, The Way a Woman Knows, was released by The Poetry Box, Portland, OR, in February 2015. Carolyn served as […]

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The Aging Stuff

(spoilers ahead, on Netflix and in life) It’s early on Monday morning. I’m sitting in a coffee shop, staring into a blank screen, tasked with writing but not knowing where to start. It’s hard not to listen to the two women sitting at the table next to me, one of them having recently gone through […]

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Object Recognition

Mover, shaker & magic-maker, Tai Woodville is a Portland-based writer who authors a popular philosophy blog, Parallax—a resource for the modern dreamer, which she calls “a quester’s companion.” Her chapbook of poems (“Pollen,” issued under the name Tai Carmen) is available online, released by Finishing Line Press. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from UCSB’s […]

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A Coven in Essex County | Prologue

J.M. Yales is a queer identifying female writer currently living in Chicago, IL, but originally from Milwaukee, WI. Her start in feminist commentary came from personal blogging, but was expanded by FemPop Magazine between 2012 and 2014. Her writing and research interests include the representation of minority populations in Science Fiction genres and the Arts. Yales refers […]

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Compassion

Tricia Knoll is an Oregon poet whose work appears widely in journals and anthologies. Her poetry collections include her full-length book Ocean’s Laughter  (Aldrich Press, 2016) and her chapbook Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press, 2014). This poem appeared first on Visual Verse. Common advice – walk in his shoes. rub where his socks wrinkle, soles […]

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Pride

Erika Star was raised by a pack of Trekkies. Originally from Wisconsin, she decided to live out her womyn’s fest fantasies in the Lesbian Mecca, Portland, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Entertainment Management and after studying at Second City Chicago, chose the glamorous profession of comedy writing. Most people wish she had her […]

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Song In Spite of HB2

    I am not           watching the news                  We are                the news the ones that break            and help break    laws A colleague warned me     before the protest      they’re taking names if you want to go quietly instead             and I see        job loss                    run rumored and rampant     but I am young     […]

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Welcome to Visitant

Hello! On this most auspicious of days, I am pleased to announce the launch of Visitant (www.visitantlit.com), an international online literary outlet for emerging and established writers. With this site, we have created a home for experimental forms of expression, which includes fiction, nonfiction, translations, multimedia essays, poetry, art, and interviews. Visitant is a new […]

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Women Who Support Bernie Sanders

My friend, the excellent poet Jen Fitzgerald, and I were sitting on the floor in the L.A. Convention Center at AWP; we were talking about, among other things, Bernie Sanders. She suggested that I publish a conversation between women who support the senator from Vermont, a Brooklyn native. After I chewed on that idea for a few hours, […]

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Feed

Cristina Cano is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and theater nerd. Above all, she is a performer who loves to play with language. Cristina creates music under the name Siren and the Sea, and has also most recently been seen on stage accompanying Portland’s Sallie Ford, and Albatross. She has been involved with the performance community as […]

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Ten Minutes with Lydia Millet

Last week I had the pleasure of asking Lydia Millet a few questions about her work, her influences, and her writing process. Lydia Millet is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and a staff writer for the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona, where she lives. Millet’s novel “My Happy Life” was awarded the PEN-USA Award […]

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Post Dated

Hey, you see that woman over there? The tall one? The one who drives a beat up old Jeep? The one arguing with someone about the temperature of her coffee? The one who stands with all her weight on one hip, who is never warm enough, and who can’t keep her hands out of her […]

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The Golden Cult

Rose Knapp is a poet, novelist, multimedia artist, and music producer. She has an experimental novel forthcoming and various poetry publications in The Commonline Journal, Blue Lake Review, Poetry Pacific Magazine, Turk’s Head Review, OccuPoetry, Shot Glass Journal, Chicago Literati, and others. She currently divides her time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis. ever since at least […]

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Pretty

  [photo “Nikki” by Susan kae Grant]     When I was younger, all I wanted was to be pretty. * Mother looks at me, concerned: Are you sick? No, I say. I just don’t have makeup on. All day she is suspicious. * At the Women in Business conference in the tiny rural town […]

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Heroes and Heroines

“I can’t fap* to her that way. :)” Yep. This is a real quote from a real stranger watching my Twitch stream** of Overwatch the other day. They were referring to my character, Zarya, usually bubble gum-haired and in a shiny blue jump suit.     I am in the closed beta for this particular […]

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Milk Teeth

Marion Peters Denard holds a MA in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and was a finalist in the 2011 Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. Her poetry is forthcoming in Peregrine and has been featured in City Scapes: Poems by PDX Writers and Arches: The Alumni Magazine of the University of Puget Sound. She She lives and works in the […]

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Shattering the Glass Kitchen

A man’s home may be his castle but the home realm has long been assigned to women.  A division of labor bucked with the feminist movement, outsourced by the wealthy, reclaimed with the Third Wave stay-at-home family CEO mom, but still much in the purview of women.  The kitchen, especially, is symbolic of this division.  Misogynists […]

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Blue Paint

Maria Marrocchino is a writer and producer living in Manhattan.  She has lived in Manhattan for over 15 years and has been writing since the age of 13.  Her poetry has appeared in Clockwise Cat, Broad, Belleville Park Pages, SNR Review, and Main Street Rag.  Her short stories have appeared in The Sun for Readers […]

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Yin, Yang, and Midlife Crisis

Since graduation I’ve felt a disturbing and persistent sense of disquietude. Bringing my attention to this feeling, I’ve tried to find its origin. It’s tightness in my chest and nervous vibration in my limbs, as if I’m ready at a moment’s notice to spring up and run. My jaw is held tense with the back […]

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For Jonas

Grasp for birthday candles in the junk drawer. Dig fingernails into white wax while tonguing through architecture on the side table tasting for the copper menorah that stays out all year. What to do in the dark without power: remember all the postcards unsent. Keep trying all the light switches— desperate muscle memory. Lust for […]

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