Spring/Summer 2021 (purchase)


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Caryn Cardello – Big and Fine

Hugh Martin – Beautiful Machine



Caroline Chavatel – Of the Ring: The Marvelous Mabel Stark

Alexandria Hall – Landscape with Things

Ryan Choi & Sanki Saitō –  “Three Demons” Series VII

Chris Forhan – Novice

Jennifer Militello – identifying the pathogen
the lab

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Esther Lin – Here Begins a New Life

James Longenbach – Since August

Michael Mlekoday – After

Dennison Ty Schultz – It Was Missouri.September.I
Cubist Self-Portrait :: Un/named

Martha E. Snell – Update

Skyler Osborne – The Neighborhood

Mira Rosenthal – Mythology


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Charlotte Rutty – Triangulation

Jad Josey — Everything Eventually

Stephen Tuttle — Keepers of Bees

Anurag Andra — Birdsong

Michael Holt — The Sky at Night

Alix Ohlin — Development

Michael Martone — Four Tales from Winesburg, Indiana


Where We’re At

Chris Vanjonack – A Survey of the Landscape



Editor: Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor: Christopher Kempf

Poetry Editor: Corey Van Landingham

Assistant Editors: Cole Piedimonte, Emmilea O’Toole, Azlan Smith

Editorial Assistants: Amanda Bales, K. James D’Agostino, Madeline Furlong, Liz Harms, Chelsea Hill, Erin Hoffman, Brett Ashley Kaplan, Weston Morrow, Alixandra Shuger, Chris Vanjonack, Isaac Willis

Editor-at-Large: Philip Graham

Advisory Board: Amy Sayre Baptista, Traci Brimhall, James Brunton, Lindsey Drager, Matthew Minicucci, Marcus Wicker

Template Design: Natalie F. Smith


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Department of English

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Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham
John Hall, M.D. and Sarah Knox, M.D.

Rev. Charles Matz

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