Editor’s Note – Twenty-Third Issue

Dear Writers, Dreamers, Believers, There is so much to say. First things first, I must say Happy National Poetry Month. We are already halfway through the month and if you haven’t celebrated yet,then make sure you’re at least able to stuff your face with some great poetry. In our penultimate issue for the year, we … Continue reading

Spotlight: Holly Bass

“Poetry is Not a Luxury” Haiku, limerick, free- verse, sonnet, and now slam – the forms of poetry have been expanding even before Homer’s Odyssey was conceived. The most recent trending topic in poetry, slam poetry, has blown up outside the world of traditional classroom poetry and into the social lives of people across the … Continue reading

Poetry: National Poetry Month

Dearest Readers, National Poetry Month is upon us once again. Charles Bukowski once wrote, “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” I’ve often puzzled over what he meant, but lately, as I trudge through academic articles and conference presentations until I feel as though I couldn’t write another word, I get it. When my … Continue reading

Music Reviews: Delta Spirit

Review by Taylor DeBoer Grade: B+  Delta Spirit is overlooked and underappreciated. Maybe because of the hefty stock of alt/country roots rockers forming the edges of American indie, bands like Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, or Dawes seem to slip through the cracks. In a world of thumping drums, electro beats, and complex songs that spout … Continue reading

Fiction: The Best Things You Get in Life are Stolen

  Paige Maguire is a native of Albany, New York and currently resides there.  The Best Things You Get in Life Are Stolen The harsh snowfall doesn’t bother Jackson. The excitement of finally going out with Alison is enough to keep him warm. He stands out on the sidewalk anxiously anticipating her arrival. “You should … Continue reading

Book Review: Skin, Inc by Thomas Sayers Ellis

Review by Keith Gaboury Through one hundred and seventy five pages of verse, Thomas Sayers Ellis’ Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems is if anything ambitious. Ellis has written his poetic manifesto on race from James Brown, President Barack Obama and Michael Jackson. Indeed, the collection is divided into theme-based sections. Spanning nine pages, one of … Continue reading

Creative Nonfiction: Fire on the Land

Shay Belisle is originally from Maui, Hawaii where she grew up eating mangoes and bathing in an outdoor bathtub in a ginger thicket. She has traveled the world and currently lives in Berkeley, CA where she works as a personal chef and is a degree candidate for her MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. Shay … Continue reading