Fall 2020

ART: The Oil Paintings of Vicki Smith FICTION: Abraham’s Axe by William BrasseA Muscular Organ, the Size of Your Fist by Carol QuinnGravitational Pull by Wendy BooydeGraaffNostalgia for the Interiors of Grocery Stores by Ron BurchSearching for a Dog in the Desert by David Obuchowski   POETRY: Four Poems by Michael MontlackBounce by Krista CoxInstead of Grief by Hollie DugasCreature, Creature by Jordan EscobarAltar of … Continue reading Fall 2020

The Oil Paintings of Vicki Smith

All of the artwork featured in volume 10 is the work of Canadian oil painter Vicki Smith. Vicki Smith is a Canadian painter known for her paintings of female figures that explore the possibilities and limitations of gravity.  Often shown suspended in rippling water, twisted and upside-down, falling into and out of the picture plane, these figures are so precariously placed upon the canvas that … Continue reading The Oil Paintings of Vicki Smith

Four Poems

Masculinity I learned its meaning from my mother. Warm              like the compress      I steadied      against her stoma. Gentle             exertion      as I attached      her colostomy bag.  Reassuring      eye contact      when she apologized      “for this god-awful mess.” Ready              to remind her:      the countless times      she changed me      as a child. Grateful          to mine affection      wherever      it might be found. Parade My father built a cage for me:two-by-fours jerry-riggedto a neighbor’s rusty flatbed,my sister trimming it with streamers—blue and … Continue reading Four Poems

A Muscular Organ, the Size of Your Fist

The colorful woman boarded wearing a bright pink coat almost to her knees and rubber rain boots that sparkled silver. She wore orange mittens and carried a yellow leather bag over her right shoulder and a wheat-colored canvas tote over her left. She held her purply-blue heart, encased in clear Tupperware, in front  of her chest. Zhijian watched, keeping his head lowered, as she walked … Continue reading A Muscular Organ, the Size of Your Fist

Fall 2019

ART: The Oil Paintings of Michael Fantuz FICTION: “The Edge of Something” by Brendan Thompson“The Commuter’s Dream” by Charles Duffie“Petaki Road” by Andrew Marvin“Deep Dreams” by Jieyan Wang NONFICTION: “Vultures” by Brandi Jo Nyberg“Loving My Neighbor” by Rick Kempa POETRY: Four Poems by Esther RaTwo Poems by Kathryn Kirkpatrick“Something About a Black Boy” by Len Lawson“Navigation Song” by Sandy LonghornFour Poems by Rebecca Macijeski“The First … Continue reading Fall 2019

The Oil Paintings of Michael Fantuz

All of the artwork featured in volume 9 is the work of Canadian oil painter Michael Fantuz. Fantuz is a self-taught artist who uses palette knives, primarily those inherited from his fraternal grandfather, Gastone Fantuz. He stretches his own canvases using Canadian kiln dried wood from renewable forests, archival and environmentally friendly hemp canvas, and professional archival grade pigments from Winsor and Newton Artist Paints. … Continue reading The Oil Paintings of Michael Fantuz

The Edge of Something

Despite my wish that I be called Nathaniel, Stephanie has always insisted on calling me Nate. I don’t want to suggest that she is always so contrary, and I do find it endearing now, though it took time. She has a contrarian streak in her that shines through more often than I have been consistently comfortable with, yet I completed much of my PhD thanks … Continue reading The Edge of Something