My First Night Back

Scott Laudati lives in New York City with his Tomato Frog, Bob. He is the author of books Play The Devil (novel) and Hawaiian Shirts In The Electric Chair (poems). My First Night Back we were far apart once but you can hear my heart now in this chest, and your hair used to itch my skin […]

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Tomorrow

Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. His poems received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, […]

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Bad Hair Day

Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press and a collection of shorter poems, A POVERTY OF WORDS, 2015 from Prolific Press. Another collection, LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT, is set to be published by Smokestack Books (UK), 2018. He has appeared in Hudson Review, […]

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Safe

Safe I always felt it with you. A feeling I never had before. Moored. If you are my harbor, then I am a ship. Sometimes I crave the crash of tide on hull, my sails long to stretch like wings once more. But I am like the cat, who sleeps with her face in your […]

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Family Plan

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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Hushabye

Mark Mansfield is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Strangers Like You (2009, revised 2016 Van der Decken). His poems have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Bayou, The Evansville Review, Fourteen Hills, Gargoyle, Iota, The Ledge, Limestone, Magma, The Opiate, Potomac Review, Pouch, Salt Hill, Scrivener, Unsplendid, Waccamw, and elsewhere. He holds an M.A. in Writing […]

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Wild Fire

Chloe Seim has been honored with the 2017 Langston Hughes Creative Award in Fiction and was selected as runner-up for the 2015 Lake Prize in Fiction. Her work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic and is forthcoming in The New Engagement. Wild Fire It was the summer the world caught fire, just below the top soil, […]

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Midnight Man | Part 2

Katie Strine tolerates life through literature and dark beer. She lives in the east suburbs of Cleveland with her family—husband, son and dog—who accompany her on oddball adventures. If you enjoyed this story, please visit The Writing Disorder and Wayne Literary Review for more. Below is Part 2 of 2 in a series of installments […]

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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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