Book Review – This Will Be My Undoing

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins Morgan Jerkins’ debut essay collection, “This Will Be My Undoing”, promises the reader 10 essays about “living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America”. From the first essay to the last,…

The Little Things – Microwork

The Big Apple Sometimes it’s hard to believe you’ve reached the garden when everybody keeps searching for gold, picking desperately at flakes of mica in the sidewalks tearing the roads apart to dig out the dream.   Rebecca Cohen is a graduate of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she…

A Word from the Editor

Welcome to Issue 8.4! I’m proud to bring you our latest issue. As always, it is fantastic! This week, we are bringing you a creative nonfiction piece entitled “This is the Moment” by repeat contributor Chantel Sandbach, our second-ever science fiction piece entitled “From Me to You” by Ellen Grace, and an intense poem by…

Issue 8.4 – Nonfiction

  THE NEXT MORNING: 08:17 The light filtering through the living room window is weak and diffuse.  It’s a familiar light, in an unfamiliar window.  I watch dust motes float through the beams for a moment before I even think to wonder where I am.  Because those aren’t my dust motes.  And this isn’t my…

Issue 8.4 – Fiction

Last night I dreamed I went to Infinity again. I was wearing a long, blue dress adorned with glitter, and drinking a martini from a coned glass. You were wearing a grey dress, and sipping cider. How we met was a cliché, but then again, everything here is a cliché, isn’t it? Our eyes met…

Issue 8.4 – Poetry

  Apparently tiger sharks eat license plates and rubber tires. Anything you put in front of them according to Shark Week. Once one bit a woman in half in Hawaii, but it was her fault for swimming at dawn. They are predators, after all.   She was an athletic swimmer, a Maui native. She knew…

The Little Things – Microwork

Writing in the Early Morning I write best at 3 a.m. when my mind has long gone and all that is left is my heart and your memory Joie Bauman is a young, emerging writer from Holmdel, New Jersey who is currently studying social work at a small community college. She coaches club track and…

A Word from the Editor

Welcome to Issue 8.3! We are excited to bring you three great pieces this week from three exceptional women writers. We have a personal essay “Circus” by Glenna Turnbull, our first ever science fiction story “M.I.S.T.R.E.S.S.” by Ersa Henry, and a fabulous poem “Morphing in Place” by Judy Battle. We are still looking to fill…

Issue 8.3 – Nonfiction

Eleven days til Christmas and I feel like a tightrope walker, perched on the rope of duty, putting one foot in front of the other in an effort to make it through the season without falling. It would be so easy to just give up and drop. But I keep my toes wrapped tightly to…

Issue 8.3 – Fiction

M.I.S.T.R.E.S.S. PHYSICAL DATA LOG 9:30 a.m. December 18th, 2247 Reboot. Reboot. My systems race trying to unscramble the received signals. This has never happened before. I am mathematically perfect; there is no room for error within my code. I am adaptable to any situation presented to me. Static buzzes behind my eyes and I lose…

Issue 8.3 – Poetry

  Self-will doesn’t run riot it crawls on naked belly ignores primal ooze never bathes and is always convinced that love is only a fix away.   I crawl amid constant cravings lose desire to feel real accept death in chemical form   still a part of me snubs Thanatos still a part of me…

Book Review – The Woman in the Moon

Marjorie Saiser. The Woman in the Moon. Backwaters Press, 2018. By Nina Murray. Marjorie Saiser’s newest collection traverses elemental paths of longing, guilt, connection, and reckoning, to arrive, with a piercing honesty at the renewed discipline of being human. The title evokes both a reclamation of a symbolic reference point and a peculiar placement of…