Category: 18.1

  • Strange Things My OCD Has Made Me Do

    by Danielle Shorr Danielle is an MFA alum and professor of rhetoric & composition at Chapman University, forever trying to make the transition from poetry to fiction. She has a fear of commitment in regard to novel writing and an affinity for wiener dogs. Her work has been published by MTV, Maudlin House, Crab Fat […]

  • Pinot

    by Mackenzie Moore Mackenzie Moore is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. She currently writes for podcasting and television; her poetry collections Alms Basket for Your Heart and Bento Box were published in September of 2020. She has trouble drinking water and believes bagels heal most wounds.

  • That Cloud in Your Skull Is Your Brain

    by Leanna Petronella & Jen Julian Jen Julian is a writer, illustrator, and transient North Carolinian. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MFA in fiction from UNC Greensboro. Her debut short story collection, Earthly Delights and Other Apocalypses, was the winner of Press 53’s 2018 Fiction […]

  • Past Self

    by Liz Drayna Liz is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in psychology and a certificate in studio art. She currently works as an after-school arts coordinator in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Diasporican School of Poetry

    by Malcolm Friend             —after Willie Perdomo We gave up on happy endings.La isla became a myth—tierra del Edén and all that,a paradise many of uswould never return to.New York became our San Juanuntil it wasn’t oruntil we rememberedthe archipelago was always morethan just San Juan, that we hadPonce and Mayagüez and Humacaoor until we decided […]

  • Diasporican Interview feat. Manuel Fernández Juncos, Rafael Hernández, & Don Omar

    by Malcolm Friend What is your homeland?            A graveyard that will not swallow my bones.            The flesh and tissue refusing to dissolve around them.            The ocean’s swelling thirst.What is your homeland?            This tightness in my pulse.            A nation crowding my chest.            Throat closing around my cries            of patria.What is your homeland?            I suppose I have […]

  • Paul Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay over Hiroshima and named the plane for his mother

    by J. David ST: One last thing, when you hear people say, “Let’s nuke ’em,” “Let’s nuke these people,”what do you think?PT: Oh, I wouldn’t hesitate if I had the choice. I’d wipe ’em out. You’re gonna kill innocent people at the same time, but we’ve never fought a damn war anywhere in the world […]

  • Ode to Seventh Grade Girls

    by Jessica Poli They could have left me theretrying clumsily to cover up the stain by myself,angling my book bag behind me until I made itto the nurse’s wood-paneled office to call my momand ask her for a change of clothes.But they didn’t blink—just shuffled me out of that roomand through the halls, parting the […]

  • This Nectarine

    by Hollie Dugas I think I killed Mary Oliverafter a fight we had     I chose youa determined little lifeI want to make sense of us           why isn’t the path clearerthere are things appearing out of nowhereor am I only the illusionI want to understand with youwhat comes first—have I, too, already been chosen when I put your […]

  • the doppelgänger

    by Karah Kemmerly Hanne confesses her nightmare to mein the theater / first my death / & then the arrival of a new me / a woman withthe same nearly black eyes / with my sharp snake tongue / dream-Hanne knew the visitorwas an imposter / listened to it berate her for her grief / this isn’t a […]