Without Her

“her fine long tail waving a thin farewell/as both flew away from my life.” | by Katharyn Howd Machan

Katharyn Machan

KATHARYN HOWD MACHAN, author of 40 collections of poetry (most recently, in 2022, Dark Side of the Spoon from The Moonstone Press) has lived in Ithaca, New York, since 1975 and, now as a full professor, has taught Writing at Ithaca College since 1977. After many years of coordinating the Ithaca Community Poets and directing …

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Rob Carney

ROB CARNEY is the author of the flash-essay collection Accidental Gardens (Stormbird Press 2021) and eight books of poems, most recently Call and Response (Black Lawrence Press 2021) and The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press 2018), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He is a recipient of the Robinson Jeffers/Tor …

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Back When Water Was an Elephant

“since we couldn’t just walk across a lake,/the bed of it cracked now, bed of it dust,//dance partner of the wind” | by Rob Carney

Mariam Ahmed

MARIAM AHMED is a Californian poet and author of Moments of Astral Projection (The Offending Adam 2021). Pakistani-born American by way of Folsom, CA, Mariam earned a BA from UC Davis and an MFA in poetry at San Diego State University. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Flint Hills Review, Folly …

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Sakinah Hofler

SAKINAH HOFLER is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, among other literary journals, and her plays have been produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She has won the Yemasee Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Award for …

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The Lesser Gods

“But what about all the modest / neglected deities–the overlooked” | by Ellen Bass

Kwame Dawes

KWAME DAWES is the author of twenty books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. In 2016, his book, Speak from Here to There, a co-written collection of verse with Australian poet John Kinsella was published. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press) was published in …

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Ellen Bass

ELLEN BASS’s most recent collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, …

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Holly Welker

Holly Welker is an award-winning poet and essayist living in Arizona. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Best American Essays, and other publications. poems

Chana Bloch

CHANA BLOCH was a poet, translator, scholar, and teacher. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from what is now Ukraine, Chana Bloch grew up in the Bronx, received a BA in Semitic Studies from Cornell University, MA degrees in Judaic studies and English literature from Brandeis University, and a PhD in English literature from the University …

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Girl on a Liner

“I’m standing/on the edge of nothing, with a handkerchief,” | by Emily Berry

Katherine Towler

KATHERINE TOWLER is an author, editor, and creative writing professor, as well as being a poet. Her essays, poetry, short stories, and interviews have appeared in many literary journals. She also works as a freelance writer specializing in publications and promotional materials for schools and non-profits. poems

A Hint

“high into the air— / a song to slice the sky open, so he sang” | by Michael Trocchia

Petri Dish

“The dish confines, / efficiently clasps without limbs.” | by Laura Hogan

Mother Tongue

“Walking to the shuq to buy tapoocheem, chalav, and lechem from a merchant who didn’t care—” | by Mari Pack, 2020 C.P. Cavafy Finalist

Funeral Services

“he’d be so perfect / if you could only convince yourself that/ he’s just a terrorist, not a human being”