Phew! What a couple of weeks. Between getting laid up with some basement dweller’s bacterium finding its way into my lungs and having to pour out my 40oz for my longtime right hand, my Chromebook, it’s been a trying time getting this issue together. BUT it has all been worth it.
First, as always, the cover (click the image to buy one of these handsome issues):
This lil’ treasure, titled “Leica 59,” is courtesy of Jess Golden, a street photographer from Seattle, Washington. To see more of his fantastic and absolutely vast body of work (about twenty of his photos would have been just as perfect), visit jesseboy000.deviantart.com.
Now, onto the amazing writers I found while sifting through two months of submissions. It’s a poetry heavy issue, y’all. I’ve subtly noted the contest winners:
Kaz Sussman — “In Retrospect” ***CONTEST WINNER***
Preeti Talwai — “Skin,” “Someone,” and “Home”
Nancy Iannucci — “Traffic”
Joel Coltharp — “Dropped”
Jennifer Woodworth — “Three Fortunes”
Ava C. Cipri — “The Monstrous Thing”
Daniel Tobin — “Atlanta Strikeout” and “Tutorial”
Gregory Sherl — “(Ah)”
Allyson Whipple — “Bar Joke” and “Hawks Don’t Circle”
Terri Kirby Erikson — “My Cousin, Milton”
And the stories:
Liz Grear — “The Insides of My Elbows” ***CONTEST WINNER***
Jennifer Woodworth — “The Orange Tattoo”
Winners, as always, get $20 ‘Murican dollars, and everyone gets a copy of the issue. Hey, you want a copy of the issue, right? Click here and get yourself the literary magazine that features the 1st – 10th runners up for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature! I mean, unless Trump gets elected and sends our economy into a death spiral, you can swing the three bucks. Thanks again to everyone who submit their work and to those who make me feel like a big shot by letting my publish their stuff. I WILL be doing author interviews over the next few weeks, so keep checking back here!