ONE POEM – Armen Abalian

Image: Zena Assi – Bridges over the city shore, 2016 Most of Armen Abalian’s artistic endeavors have been related to music and photography. Poetry is a relatively new field for him. That said, he has already been published a couple of times, most recently in Ghost City Review in May 2017. He currently divides his time…

ONE POEM – Carling Berkhout

Image: Giotto – Nativity, 1303-05 Carling Berkhout is a writer and musician, currently studying at Bennington College with a focus on the illustration/construction of girlhood, boyhood, and womanhood. The majority of her creative work deals with understanding identity and body within a gendered society. Her work has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, and…

Intercultural transfer in the poetry of Arun Kolatkar – Nora Selmani

Image: M. F. Husain – Man, 1951 Nora Selmani is an academic marketing executive, co-editor of Porridge Magazine and part-time witch interested in gender and diaspora. Her work has appeared in Dead King Magazine, FEMRAT, Peach Mag, O GOCE, and OCCULUM. She tweets @arbnoraselmani Intercultural transfer in the poetry of Arun Kolatkar ‘Lady if I start a poem in this country it will not…

Mitosis – Valerie Wu

Image via Wikipedia Valerie Wu is a student in San Jose, California. Her work has previously been featured in the Huffington Post, Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution, and We Are Three Dimensional. She was a National Gold Medalist in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her personal essay on race in America. A selection…

Confederate Statues – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Fiction International, Fictive Dream, Litro, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, Short Fiction, and other magazines. This essay was previously published in Tuck Magazine. Confederate Statues Charlottesville is a…

ONE POEM: Ricky Garni

Image: Gabriele Munter, Snow at Sunset, Elmau, 1924 Ricky Garni has worked over the years as a teacher, wine merchant, composer and graphic designer. He began writing poetry in 1978, and has produced over thirty volumes of prose and poetry since 1995. His work can be found in many online publications, print magazines and anthologies and…

TWO POEMS – Stallion Dunquis

Image: Georgia O’Keeffe – Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935 Stallion Dunquis is a poet & modern troubadour based in New York City and Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.   Untitled  No rest until the final rest in fire Cold showers and a laugh at discomfort Sleep an hour, cut my hair with…

ONE POEM – Bradley Samore

Image: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum – Quadra 04, 2016 Bradley Samore currently lives in North Carolina and is a high school English teacher.  His writing has been featured in various publications including West Texas Literary Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and SLAB Literary Magazine. Heat Lightning Out of the house and into the night flashes distract…

Mexico of the Imagination – Charles Haddox

Image: Remedios Varo – Still Life Resurrected (1963) Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, and has family roots in both countries.  His work has appeared in over forty journals including Chicago Quarterly Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Folio, and Concho River Review. Mexico of the Imagination In the fresh spring of childhood, I…

SHORT STORY: A Trip Back Down – Mark Thorson

Mark Thorson is the author of several screenplays, including the award-winning American Passage and most recently, of the collection of short stories, Final Delivery. Mark is also an alumnus of the prestigious American Film Institute.  Winter 1986 The end of Lewy Olson’s career arrived on a Sunday morning. It came during his eleventh season, shortly…

Towards a working definition of sexual consent – Amelia Horgan

Image via Emma Persky on flickr. Amelia Horgan is a writer and activist from London currently studying for a PhD in philosophy. Towards a working definition of sexual consent “It’s really great that we’re having conversations about consent now. But let’s not forget that the culture we live in is inherently coercive and non-consensual.” — ‘Fucked’ zine…

POETRY – Sam Arrowsmith

Image: Elijah Hiett on Unsplash Sam Arrowsmith is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham. His academic background includes a biochemistry bachelors and a biotechnology masters. Outside of science, he is an aspiring comedian, writer and artist.   Princess on a plastic throne From the simple shapes of flat arid plains and stone box houses, she ascended…