Out For the Season

Lee Jaszlics is a technical writer and  photographer living in Portland, Oregon. They share their life with a cat, two pet spiders and a dissecting microscope. Their work has never before been published. Out For the Season Winter left you breathless; fine frozen talc wrote a foreign alphabet across organs with classical names, and branching […]

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Stereometry | Root Expressions: We had not yet learned √To dissolve.

Mercedes Lucero  is the author of the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press 2016) and winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her writing has appeared in New Orleans Review, Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Whitefish Review among others. She is a recent Glimmer Train  “Short Fiction Award” Finalist […]

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Structural Analysis of the Dogri Proverbs

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom: Munich, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom: Munich, 2013), and a […]

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Ode to the Avocado

Oh, if I wanted one perfect roundness to fit my hand as sweetly as an egg, it’s you, avocado. Lob your dark green skin north for salsa and fresh-squeezed limes. Soothe my tongue ravaged by sharp-toothed words, conform to my teeth, invite my tongue to roll in bland oil of green. Teach me timing. You […]

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Stereometry | Root Expressions: One day is all you can do √ Sometimes.

Mercedes Lucero  is the author of the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press 2016) and winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her writing has appeared in New Orleans Review, Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Whitefish Review among others. She is a recent Glimmer Train  “Short Fiction Award” Finalist […]

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I Live Galvanized (Vivo Galvanizado)

Jonathan Simkins lives in Denver, Colorado. 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 (The Lune, 2017), received a Best of the Net nomination. His poems have appeared in various publications, including Crack […]

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Working in Reverse

Daniel Fitzpatrick grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his wife and daughter. He studied Philosophy at the University of Dallas and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals, including 2River View, Amaryllis, Panoply, Eunoia Review, Ink in Thirds, and Coe Review. He plans to finish his first […]

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Listen

C. Patrice Ares-Christian is a graduate student earning her Ph.D. in Asian American and African American literature. She is a lifelong writer and lover of trees. She is also an unashamed bibliophile. If you know her long enough, chances are you will hear her burst into random bits of song. She also loves to garden […]

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Beauty Sonnet Under DJT

Jon Riccio is a PhD candidate and composition instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. His work has appeared in apt, Booth, Cleaver, Hawai’i Review, Switchback, The Volta, and Waxwing, among others. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona. Beauty Sonnet Under DJT The Donald’s prayer breakfast berating defiance— rosaries […]

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Drop

Benjamin Abel lives in Coastal North Carolina. Reader. Writer. Student. Teacher. Author’s note: “I wrote this after years of trying to figure out how to describe watching rain drops strike the ocean surface, from beneath the waves” Drop A world erupts from the heavens, cast down from its waft through veins of invisible. The never perfect […]

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A Year Later

Mark Jackley‘s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free via email request. Visitant will be featuring a selection of poem from On the Edge of a Very Small Town in the coming […]

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Agnes Person | Almost Elvis

Below is Part 4 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment, Xanthan Almost Elvis Mask over mouth, hair stuffed into samovar, Agnes Person declares war against spiders, the widows and the foolish bachelor types in her apartment nooks. Showers threaten to spoil Cinco de Mayo celebrations […]

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Among The Missing

R.T. Castleberry’s writing has appeared in Comstock Review, Green Mountains Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, The Alembic, Pacific Review, RiverSedge and Deep Water Literary Journal, among other journals. He is a co-founder of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe, co-editor/publisher of the poetry magazine Curbside Review, an assistant editor for Lily Poetry Review and Ardent. His work has […]

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Graveyard Tree

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. Graveyard Tree Her arm struggles to pick up the kettle. Shaking as a branch in a thick gust. A graveyard tree finally succumb to the […]

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Mommy’s pin curls

Karina Lutz is a writer, editor, teacher, and lifelong activist. She was tutored by her mother Carol’s antiwar, civil rights, and electoral activism. Carol passed away in March; when she died, finally free of pain, her face looked more beautiful than it had even in life. Mommy’s pin curls “It hurts to be beautiful,” she’d […]

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Dream Sense

I dream of missing planes, my mother’s ghost, dressed in cold weather clothes. We are in my grandfather’s closet, which, in the dream is a ballroom fallen into disrepair. I need to tell her she is dead, but when I ask if she wants me to be honest, she says: “Not if it’s something I […]

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The Merger

Sam Smith is a former Creative Writing and Scriptwriting student, and has previously dabbled in both community radio broadcasting and stand-up comedy. His preferred genres of writing are sci-fi, horror, and comedy. He enjoys experimenting with convention to create offbeat scenarios and characters and hopes that his stories will make you laugh and think. The Merger […]

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Golfing With Buddha

Greg Hill is a writer and voice over talent in West Hartford, Connecticut, and has an MFA from Vermont of College of Fine Arts. His works have appeared in Black Heart Magazine, CHEAP POP, Atlas and Alice, Queen Mob’s Teahouse and elsewhere. In the evenings, he composes little tunes for his daughters, who are too […]

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I see fireworks

Kathryn Bennett is a 32-year-old writer from Grand Junction, Colorado. She has lived many lives in many worlds, including a laissez les bons temps roulers stint in New Orleans. Her favorite food is still pizza. Kathryn’s background includes a Master’s in Public Health, during which she learned marketing strategies for getting people to “buy” things […]

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Elsewhere, It Is Halloween

Below is Part 11 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, MILDRED A call came for Betta on the telephone. It came as a surprise, since she often forgot there was a telephone in the house. Betta could not imagine anyone outside Innsmouth would call on […]

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Bhadarwahi proverbs

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom: Munich, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom: Munich, 2013), and a […]

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cleaning up our act

Ava Bird is a pranic artist practicing presence and poetry from the places of heart and soul and beyond.  Also, an author, a mixologist, a mythbreaker, a sharer, and a chef of many proportions. Her works are printed in historical anthologies, academic journals, spiritual publications, online, recorded for radio and exhibited in galleries. She has […]

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Kindling

A spring morning much like others, some daffodils rain-beaten, some perked. Daphne’s lemony fragrance when near enough. The outdoor little library bookcase at the neighbor’s frames the same mythologies, travel guides, and who-dun-its that got us through winter’s downpours. At the abandoned school, morning changes. A man rakes the baseball diamond, listening on earphones that […]

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Phil of Art

Daniel Fitzpatrick grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his wife and daughter. He studied Philosophy at the University of Dallas and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals, including 2River View, Amaryllis, Panoply, Eunoia Review, Ink in Thirds, and Coe Review. He plans to finish his first […]

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Favor

Karl Miller’s fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals, including RE:AL, Portland Review, Subtle Tea, Cold Mountain Review and others; his play, “A Night in Ruins,” was produced Off Off Broadway in 2013.  A 2016 Best of the Net nominee, Miller lives in Coral Springs, FL. Edward emerges slowly from morphine into a soft, dreamy […]

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All The Hungry Years

Mark Jackley‘s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free via email request. All The Hungry Years “I was obsessed with Dickinson. A professor gave me her collected poems, three volumes in a boxed […]

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The Sacrifice | Part 3

As an avid reader and prolific writer since elementary school, Kevin Potter always knew he’d be an author. He wrote his first short story, about a magical pair of shoes, at the age of 9 and has been working at it since. After spending many years on different business ventures, he has finally returned to his first love: […]

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Agnes Person | Xanthan

Below is Part 3 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment, Sock Alert Xanthan Small hanky clouds dab daylight on dawn. Agnes Person pats a turban around her wet hair and mashes a hard-boiled egg. She dislikes breaking fast with the powdery yolk. That dull halo, […]

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Morphine (“Morfina”)

   Jonathan Simkins lives in Denver, Colorado. 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 (The Lune, 2017), received a Best of the Net nomination. His poems have appeared in various publications, including […]

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The Devil Cloaked in Sun

Dennis Mont’Ros is a Cuban American and military veteran pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida.  He is currently co-editor for both poetry and fiction at the journal Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. Dennis was a finalist for The Iowa Review’s 2016 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. The […]

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The Ginkgo Tree

C. Patrice Ares-Christian is a graduate student earning her Ph.D. in Asian American and African American literature. She is a lifelong writer and lover of trees. She is also an unashamed bibliophile. If you know her long enough, chances are you will hear her burst into random bits of song. She also loves to garden […]

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The Orange Backpack, He Has One

Phillip Wenturine, a native Floridian, is currently a Fulbright Professor in Santarém, Portugal. His short story collection, A Search For Cheap Wine, is on Amazon, and he has published other essays in Intrinsick Magazine, The Good Men Project, Aurora Magazine, Dime Show Review, Sick Lit, Potluck Magazine, and Lavender Bluegrass. He has an MFA in […]

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Late at Night

KJ Hannah Greenberg’s whimsical writing buds in pastures where gelatinous wildebeests roam and beneath the soil where fey hedgehogs play. She’s been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature, and once for The Best of the Net. Hannah’s poetry books are: Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2016, Forthcoming), A Grand […]

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Key Concepts

Mercedes Lucero  is the author of the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press 2016) and winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her writing has appeared in New Orleans Review, Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Whitefish Review among others. She is a recent Glimmer Train  “Short Fiction Award” Finalist […]

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Book Burning on the Television

Don Clermont holds a B.A. in French Literature and has published literary research in The Journal of Eastern Townships Studies. He has also published poetry in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Z-Platt and draws inspiration from American beat poets as well as international poets such as Aimé Césaire, Gaston Miron, and Pablo Neruda. Book Burning on the Television Non-substantive information […]

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The Sacrifice | Part 2

As an avid reader and prolific writer since elementary school, Kevin Potter always knew he’d be an author. He wrote his first short story, about a magical pair of shoes, at the age of 9 and has been working at it since. After spending many years on different business ventures, he has finally returned to his first love: […]

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A Coven in Essex County | Mildred

Below is Part 10 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, VERNA MILDRED Avoiding the cruel gaze of the looking glass, Mildred rooted through the mess strewn across the bureau for the little bottle of white pills. Unsuccessful, she limped back to her bed. As it turned […]

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Bedbugs

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom: Munich, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom: Munich, 2013), and a […]

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A Leaf Falls

We buried your grandfather’s body in a graveyard in old Virginia. I stood somber in a cheap black dress bought for the funeral, my eyes downcast, not belonging. In the nursing home we carried out boxes, and the elderly gathered like dry leaves, rustling, winter-haired. I wanted to sing to them, but instead I walked […]

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An Uncommon Prayer for the Farm

An Uncommon Prayer for the Farm after Brian Doyle This morning three cracked and cleaned-out ducks eggs rested in mud. The ducks ignore the coop they share with broody hens. A raccoon slinked through the night, egg eater who slipped under the guard dog’s radar. First petition:  safety. Yellow jackets nest in the propane tank […]

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Still Here

Franziska Hofhansel is an aspiring screenplay and fiction writer from Providence, Rhode Island. Still Here She wore a tattered blue dress displaying what was left of her curves and he, a faded flannel, unfashionably ripped jeans and a hazy smile. She held him a second too long and asked him where he’d gotten his cologne. […]

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Abe Lincoln, Homeward Bound

Howard Richard Debs received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize at age 19. After fifty years in communications, and an Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award, he resumed his creative pursuits. Finalist and recipient 28th Annual 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards, his work appears internationally in numerous publications recently in Yellow Chair […]

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The Story (Each Day)

R.T. Castleberry’s writing has appeared in Comstock Review, Green Mountains Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, The Alembic, Pacific Review, RiverSedge and Deep Water Literary Journal, among other journals. He is a co-founder of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe, co-editor/publisher of the poetry magazine Curbside Review, an assistant editor for Lily Poetry Review and Ardent. His work has […]

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The Sacrifice | Part 1

As an avid reader and prolific writer since elementary school, Kevin Potter always knew he’d be an author. He wrote his first short story, about a magical pair of shoes, at the age of 9 and has been working at it since. After spending many years on different business ventures, he has finally returned to his first love: […]

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Agnes Person | Sock Alert

Below is Part 2 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment, Free Sample Sock Alert To celebrate the Ides of March, Agnes Person has plaited her hair in seven knee-length braids dyed for each day of the week, plus an extra eighth bun and odd […]

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So Many Boomboxes

Marshall Anderson is a musician, writer, and artist living in Austin, TX. His book of poems Either Side of Your Dreaming (2015) is available online. He is currently writing both poetry and music for new releases. So Many Boomboxes Mandy’s Mom died on her birthday and every August is hard on her. She probably asks God, “Why’d you […]

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