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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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. Re/Work It was a shaky morning, car horns and sirens, nervous parents asking where […]

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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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Uber, but for Sad Trombones

Uber, but for sad trombones Uber, but for tiny violins Uber, but for l’esprit d’escalier Uber, but for Your Mom Uber, but for your great grandmother’s miscarriages & stillborn children Uber, but for your never known great aunts & uncles Uber, but for dry rotted rocking chairs Uber, but for phantom limbs Uber, but for […]

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Festival Series: Sasquatch 2014

My lens is ever focused on the expression, inclusion and representation of women in our popular (and not-so-popular) culture. When I attend a music festival for instance, as I did several weeks ago at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in the Gorge, I’m ready to be impressed by the musical genius of world-class female artists. I […]

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Eastbank Killer Chapter 10

The Eastbank Killer – A Serial Novella Attorney Donna Bosque finds her life turned upside down when an attractive associate at her firm becomes convinced the Eastbank Killer, who has been terrifying Portland, is directly linked to their law firm. Start from the beginning Previous chapter Donna woke slowly, her body stretching to remembered pleasure. […]

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The Homecoming Parade

This post was originally created and submitted for a project at the Grin City Collective’s Artist Residency Program, in which we were asked to cover some aspect of the Grinnell High School Homecoming festivities. For more information on the Grin City Artist Residency program check out: A month after my grandfather moved back to Pella […]

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Rainy Chicago Summer, 1980

we live in body storage stacked bedrooms and balconies under grey summer skies. tufts of wild clouds hang an old man’s silvery eyebrow over the jaundiced eye of dimmed sunlight threaded with black and tangled storms. amber-lit, square windows filled with soft, rounded people in a North Chicago apartment building. multi-lingual televisions yell behind doors […]

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My First Night in Brooklyn

Everyone’s always talked about how magical Brooklyn is in the fall. I never understood why until I lived here. It’s a fresh season—rooftops are abandoned, littered with reminisces of carefree summer hangouts as artists return to their drawing boards. Muted guitar riffs and drum beats echo through the walls as musicians return to their studios […]

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