You did not eat dirt today. Perhaps tomorrow. Victory is one thin nacre coat on one grain of effort. Remember the mare’s beauty. She sweat more than you did. Look ahead to kittens and dogs and the feasts of wild crows. These too know dirt that you will eat. All living taste dusty race tracks […]Read more "Poem to Myself After Winning the Horse Race at Age Eleven"
Zoé Besmond de Senneville is a French actress, poet and model from Paris. She discovered writing while training as an actor. For her, acting and writing come from the same source of creation: her body. She likes to write as an actress is present onstage, without control, with her skin and blood. “Diary of My […]Read more "What Am I Made Of"
Amber D. Tran graduated from West Virginia University in 2012, where she specialized in lyrical non-fiction and contemporary poetry. She is addicted to League of Legends and hates ranch dressing. Her work has been featured in Calliope, Sonic Boom Journal, Spry Literary Journal, and more. Her first novel, Moon River, was released in September. She currently […]Read more "Pearl"
Angelo Silvio Vasta is a New York-based filmmaker from Milan, Italy. His work explores the infinite ways choreography and performance can be expressed through moving images. In the past years he has produced a series of short dance films for dance companies and individual dancers both in New York City and abroad. His work includes […]Read more "Painting in Motion"
Megan E. Freeman’s debut poetry collection, Lessons on Sleeping Alone, was published in 2015 by Liquid Light Press. She has been published in literary anthologies and educational journals, and her poetry has been selected as texts for compositions commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Ars Nova Singers. Megan holds degrees from Occidental College and […]Read more "Giving Way to Longing"
Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in Poetry Quarterly, The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and many other places. A 2008 Million Writers Award nominee for his story “Perico.” The Beach lying on the beach with the ocean running in and out of her […]Read more "The Beach"
Below is Part 1 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person Free Sample This is a city Saint Valentine forgot, thinks Agnes Person, as February rains slam the bus. Her shoes and socks are soaked with slush, but her long hair has stayed dry under a heavy hooded cape. Agnes […]Read more "Agnes Person | Free Sample"
Below is an introduction to the serialized novella, Agnes Person by Charlotte M. Porter in 23 monthly installments for Visitant beginning Tuesday, February 14th. Meet Agnes Person Hello, I’m Jena, happily married nurse, and I’m Bea, divorced public accountant. We’ve dropped in to recommend our friend Agnes Person, a spirit free as sunny skies over foothills of […]Read more "Meet Agnes Person"
Ed Blundell worked as a teacher of English, a school inspector and as Director of Education for the town of Stockport. Ed has had short stories and poetry published in over thirty magazines. His poetry has featured in The Horror Zone, Popshot, Orbis, Psychopoetica, Carillon and Purple Patch. His stories have been published in Abandoned […]Read more "Turn Me On"
Linda Wojtowick is a writer from Montana now living in Portland, Oregon. Her current project is a collection based around the theme of animal, vegetable, mineral, wherein poem takes its name from a famous racehorse, a type of tomato strain, or a mineral. Off the Coast recently nominated her poem “Mr. Stripey” for a Pushcart Prize. Her […]Read more "Dear Abby"
Tamara Lakomy is an archaeologist, specializing in the occult practices of indigenous people, herself of Berber Amazigh and Slavic descent. She runs a foundation that operates in East Africa, specializing in the cultural preservation of indigenous tribes, women’s rights and education, and advising foreign governments. She’s a priestess in training having embraced the Cult of […]Read more "Sun"
Seth Jani currently resides in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress. His own work has been published widely in such places as The Chiron Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Hawai`i Pacific Review, VAYAVYA, Gingerbread House, Gravel and Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry. Frequencies It will be the only comfort you will know. You come down through the gossamer […]Read more "Frequencies"
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. Snow Globe For PJ wherever you are a two-lane in the sticks, three locals in a field dressed up […]Read more "Snow Globe"
Brian Porter lives in College Station, Texas. “Henrietta” is an adapted excerpt from Long Road to Arcadia, his novel in progress. A previous excerpt of the novel was published in The Boiler. Henrietta Henrietta Kovar lived eight miles down Holloway Creek Road. Her trailer sat back in the woods, not quite level, the yard strewn […]Read more "Henrietta"
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in […]Read more "Fig"
Below is Part 8 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, GERTRUDE BEVERLY The opening of the office door was announced by a smell of woodsmoke and tobacco mixed with weird herbs of exotic origin. The tendrils crept like fingers around the portal and into the […]Read more "A Coven in Essex County | Beverly"
Every year the frogs get in our pool. Each night, a grinding chorus, throaty and pleasing, through the window as night falls. They’re all going to die, my husband says, they’ll get sucked through the drain. It ruins it for him. Not me, I love their dark, wet sound. It doesn’t seem so different from […]Read more "Frogs"
On Friday, January 20, 2017, I witnessed what will from here on out be known as a National Day of Patriotic Resistance, or, a poetry reading. All throughout last Friday, I would peek at social media (I have to be on the Twitter and the Facebook for my job), observe the juxtaposition of the incoming/outgoing administrations, […]Read more "The Poetics of Resistance"
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wise. Shortcuts 1 The Examined Life It was one of those tests you couldn’t really […]Read more "Shortcuts"
Caleb Echterling makes his own hot sauce. His short story “Haikuzilla” won first prize in the 2016 Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Contest. He tweets funny fiction using the imaginative handle @CalebEchterling. The Emerald Lofts Once there was a green, high-rise apartment building. It had a spotless laundry room in the basement. The top floor held a […]Read more "The Emerald Lofts"
Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared widely in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Portland Review, Mandala Journal, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and […]Read more "Inaugural Ball"
If we sit to work or pray, the back curves in all the wrong places. Take inventory: straighten the spine; tuck the hips forward. Assumption: Lactic acid builds and pools in stillness. Solution: Always move. Bend. Do not sleep. Soldier says, Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy. I say I do not have the strength to rest or […]Read more "Theodicy in Pure Barre"
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock, and Spoon River Poetry Review. To Be Precise it occurs to me as I watch you sleeping how you are the result of an […]Read more "To Be Precise"
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 Magazine, […]Read more "Gwyn"
Author statement: Poet Tricia Knoll is looking forward to marching in Washington with her sister-in-law, her sisters, all of our daughters and their sister-in-laws and friends. Sixteen of us in pink pussy hats and carrying signs. Website: triciaknoll.com Inauguration and the Women’s March To Follow Apprentices choreograph an oath on a white leather bible, cherry-picked […]Read more "Inauguration and the Women’s March To Follow"
Linda Wojtowick is a writer from Montana now living in Portland, Oregon. Her current project is a collection based around the theme of animal, vegetable, mineral, wherein poem takes its name from a famous racehorse, a type of tomato strain, or a mineral. Off the Coast recently nominated her poem “Mr. Stripey” for a Pushcart Prize. Her […]Read more "Banana Legs"
m.nicole.r.wildhood’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Atticus Review, Five, xoJane and elsewhere. She seeks to be an advocate for those experiencing mental or emotional distress, currently writes for Seattle’s street newspaper Real Change and is at work on a novel and two full-length volumes of poetry. It’s Not Alzheimer’s In the dwindling visits, they said […]Read more "It’s Not Alzheimer’s"
Seth Jani currently resides in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress. His own work has been published widely in such places as The Chiron Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Hawai`i Pacific Review, VAYAVYA, Gingerbread House, Gravel and Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry. Olly and His Lack of Technique When Olly awoke from his deep-sea dream The fish was […]Read more "Olly and His Lack of Technique"
Richard LeBlond is a retired biologist living in North Carolina. Since 2014, his essays and photographs have appeared in numerous U.S. and international journals, including Montreal Review, Hippocampus, Compose, Smoky Blue, Appalachia, and Still Point Arts Quarterly. The Natural Moment This has been an unusually busy winter for me. What used to be a given—a […]Read more "The Natural Moment"
Steve Carr began his writing career as a military journalist and has had short stories published in Double Feature, Tigershark Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, CultureCult Magazine, Fictive Dream, Ricky’s Back Yard, The Drunken Llama, Sick Lit Magazine, Literally Stories, Door is a Jar, Viewfinderi, The Spotty Mirror and in the Dystopia/Utopia Anthology by Flame Tree Publishing, […]Read more "The Longhorn Creek Story"
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over a thousand of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in […]Read more "Worse"
Below is Part 7 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, DOROTHEA GERTRUDE A shadow stained the surface of the placid pool, blotching out the stars as its shape realized itself. The thing rose from below with soft watery sounds, stepping onto the asperous terrain of the […]Read more "A Coven in Essex County | Gertrude"
Bests. Worsts. Most Deplorable. Extinctions. Revenant Appearances. Dead Writers. Dead Actors. The Heart Broken. Ten Angels. Superimposed a grocery list on scratch paper scribbles prawns, bubbly drinks, Cascadia blue cheese, rice crackers, ground coffee and chocolate-covered cherries. You add caramels. Unwritten, days the pumpkins swelled. Again we had too many green beans, a little terrier […]Read more "End of Year Lists – 2016"
Frost pastes a mosaic of downed old leaves rimmed in rime. Like teacup dregs and tarot cards splayed on sugared tables, readings of left behinds, these patchworks pinch in icy grout. Leafy feathers fly, wings wish, ash fires and golden glooms to muted stars and folded moons, fans of ginko grace, sweet-gummed prickles, silver bristles […]Read more "Winter Mosaic"
You must never, I say to myself, curse life again. The beauty comes from the difficulty, the trap-door -ever-giving-way-to- trap-door infinite capacity of life. That we survive it is amazing, that we suffer is beautiful, because we are suffering in jewels. Glittering in the sun with all the decadent superb richness of our life’s […]Read more "Jewels"
Erik Bergholm is a poet, lost in the vast forests of northern Minnesota. He is a fan of anything involving outer space, heavily distorted guitars, and H.P. Lovecraft. His work has appeared in The Shot Glass Journal and Leaves of Ink. The Mirth of Stars Your Only Welcome The mirth of stars your only welcome […]Read more "The Mirth of Your Stars Your Only Welcome"
Below is Part 6 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, DELILAH DOROTHEA Taking a pen in her spasming hand, Dorothea dipped it in the inkwell. It was uncomfortable to hold such a slender object, but she took it upon herself a couple of times a week […]Read more "A Coven in Essex County | Dorothea"
We are pleased to bring you our first-ever array of nominations for the Pushcart Prize! Thank you for being so supportive of our up-start experimental literary journal. We’ve had an incredible first 6 months and you can bet we’re excited to see what the coming year will bring. Please read on to learn more about […]Read more "Our First-Ever Pushcart Prize Nominations"
By mid-February we have forgotten the taste of strawberries. We make love with bombs falling in deserts we’ll never see. This room is silent, save for the sound of our own breath. Perhaps we feel as though twilight is falling too quickly. We close our eyes and breathe into each others mouths.Read more "Winter Fruit"
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 Magazine, […]Read more "Bendith Fach"