Issue 14.3 – Nonfiction

There are three ways in which I imagine my Grandma W’s life played out.  They are all just imaginary, because a large portion of her life remains unknown to me.  I suspect somebody knows about her missing years, but I don’t, and I don’t want to push for details should the answer be one of…

Issue 14.3 – Fiction

I knew that Jimmy Pallotta was my birth father in the same way I knew that the brown stain on my forearm was a birth mark. Everyone has a birth mark somewhere. Birth mark, birth father. They carried the same weight in my life. Besides, the man had eight other children; his plate runneth over….

Issue 14.3 – Poetry

She lives beneath my skin A blind and tortured viper gliding through darkness Looking for air and light and the right way to escape This slithering princess with her endless needs, lusty and lithe Her creamy hands clutching at pearls of wisdom while swine await their bounty The scenes float down, manna for a-muse-ment Gossamer…

Serial – Little River: Vol 2 – Ch 12

“Hey, Man. How’s it going?” Brady looked up from his cheeseburger to grin at his best friend who had come up behind him and smacked the back of his head, causing him to smear ketchup and mustard across his cheek. As he cleaned his face with a napkin, Titus slid into the other side of…

Book Review – Line Study of a Motel Clerk

Allison Pitinii Davis. Line Study of a Motel Clerk. Baobab press, 2018. By Nina Murray Seamus Heaney in his essay “Frontiers of Writing” describes a poem as “being about a moment of achieved grace between people with different allegiances rather than a representation of a state of constant goodwill in the country as a whole.” Ms. Davis…

Microwork – Portrait of Gaps

Portrait of gaps  The interlude between dream and consciousness suspended in gaps between sunlight & snow   the needle of equilibrium in vacant spaces ether & earth / ivy & fence / blurry lake & fog.     Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a recipient of the GREAT scholarship and has earned a second postgraduate degree…

Issue 14.2 – Interview with Pat Schneider

An Interview with Friend, Mentor, and Colleague, Pat Schneider, Founder of the Amherst Writers and Artists Method May 9, 2010 By Suzanne S. Rancourt   I’m thinking of how my own story as an artist is a weft of thread in the tapestry of Pat Schneider.  In 1999 I received my MFA from Vermont College,…

Issue 14.2 – Fiction

She always wore her seatbelt, but not this time. Sharp, shooting pains ricocheted through her ribs with such veracity that the mere thought of strapping the belt across her chest stole the air from her lungs and left her gasping. Naked without her seatbelt, she tried to convince herself that car accidents only happen when…

Issue 14.2 – Poetry

for Jason Stover   We became friends in the age of health and lightness, your cheeks awash in a pink and gentle joy.   The small moments remembered – your gentle gesture as you tucked a frayed collar into place, your bits of song sneaking into, taking over, conversation, outside of art class, in line…

Serial – Little River: Vol 2 – Ch 11

When Lexi heard the knock on her front door, she knew without looking that it was Brady. Instead of showing up on her doorstep unannounced, this time he called first and requested to bring her dinner. “Hey, there,” Lexi greeted him as she held the door open wide. Brady brushed past her with a bag…