Volume 17 | Fall 2016

Cover art by Alayna Alfred.
Cover design by Alayna Alfred, Hally Darnell, Emily Reyst, Jonathan Shead.

Special thanks to Laura Julier, Michael Martone, Michigan State Federal Credit Union, and Julie Taylor.

Contents:

  • Ode to the Pop Culture Novel, or Literary Cliques by Brian Centrone, poetry
  • Uncle Walt Refuses by Jesse Breite, poetry
  • Job Posting: Saint by Jennifer Clark, fiction
  • Goldilocks and . . . by Mary K O’Melveny, creative nonfiction
  • Extraterrestrial Weaponry (From A to Z) by Mary K O’Melveny, creative nonfiction
  • Sheherazade Appears in a Drone Operator’s Dream by Shadab Hashmi, poetry
  • Paper: A Qasida Cycle by Shadab Hashmi, poetry
  • Onomatopoeia Poem (Anagram) by Joanna White, poetry
  • “R—” by Sandy Smith, fiction
  • When [Box] Met <Diamond> by Henry Crawford, poetry
  • Morning Announcements by Ellen Wade Beals, poetry
  • Signs by Sarah O’Brien, poetry
  • When a Fairy Asks for Directions by Sarah O’Brien, poetry
  • Kosti’s Lovers by Richard Kostelanetz, fiction
  • I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by Lily MacKenzie, fiction
  • I am H2O by Alex Dreppec, poetry
  • Would You Recommend Us? by Elaine McCluskey, fiction
  • Cratehead by Patrick Cole, poetry
  • Heat by Carol Abram, fiction
  • My Dreams Flooded & Breathless by Tyler Atwood, poetry
  • The Plagiarism Is All Mine, Dear by Ken Gosse, poetry
  • Edgewater Beach Drive by Eileen Murphy, poetry
  • The Cave Painters by Melissa Hudson, sequential art
  • Painting in the Key of Sea by Amy Irish, poetry
  • The Zombie Shops for Produce by W.E. Pasquini, poetry
  • Mystery House by Eliza Ryan, poetry
  • Road Runner by Eliza Ryan, poetry
  • Vampire by Eliza Ryan, poetry
  • Teddy by Jim Naremore, fiction
  • From Every Footstep by Tommy Alexander, poetry
  • Listen by Tommy Alexander, poetry
  • Fuck by Tommy Alexander, poetry
  • 2015.17 by Bradley Fest, poetry
  • Lil Bastards by George Brannen, creative nonfiction
  • Rules of the Game by Leslie Stainton, creative nonfiction
  • These 8 Listicles Are Actually Sexier Than Clickbait! by Steven Smith, poetry
  • Straight-Talk Psychiatrist by Steven Smith, poetry
  • Nutty Porter by Steven Smith, poetry
  • How Jackson Became a Water Balloon of Emotions by Jerry Cunningham, fiction
  • Thursday Morning by Albert Starkey, poetry
  • Ode to the Neighborhood Bird by Michael Martin, poetry
  • Delusions of Grandeur by Michael Martin, poetry
  • Helping Dad with the Printing Press by Sophie Buckner, poetry
  • Snow is All There Is by David Flynn, poetry
  • Cream Soda by Michelle Lore, fiction
  • Solitude in a Public Place by Jay Hull, creative nonfiction
  • 15 Rounds by Karyl Anne Geary Fischer, 2016 Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner
  • Erasure by Rachel Litchman, 2016 Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest Winner
  • The Secret Language of Moles by Catherine Brown, 2016 Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest Runner-up
  • Stephanie’s Soiree by Heather MacDonald, 2016 Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest Runner-up