Monthly Archives: October 2013

Issue 5 is Ready to Take Your Money!

Finally, you can now purchase Issue 5 (just in time for Issue 6’s submission period to start). To buy, click the Buy tab above or just click here. We’ve got poetry by Lindsay Doukopoulos, Sarah Kravitz, Jacob Euteneuer, Chiyuma Elliott, and Art Heifetz, fiction from Carly Berg, and cover art by Zakk Maher, below:


The title of the photo is “Portrait of the Artist as a 4 Year Old.” Figured it was a fine picture for our Innocence themed issue. Big thanks to Zakk for at least saving me the last minute scramble for cover art that I had to do for each previous issue. Contributors, thank you, and be on the lookout for your issues (and money, for some). Readers, please hand over your measly three dollars for an issue or five.

New submission period starts tomorrow! Author interviews next week (probably)!


Contest Winners!

We’re about to print Issue 5, and it’s time to announce the contest winners. We recieved a ton of submissions this time around, making it a whole lot harder but also a whole lot more fun to pick the best submissions.


The winner for poetry: “Possession” by Lindsay Doukopoulos

And the winner for fiction: “Salamander Kiss” by Carly Berg
Again, thanks to everyone who contributed, and I’ll be back in a few days when the issues are ready for purchase.

News and One Last Interview with Karrie Waarala


Another fine submission period is over with, and now I start the arduous task of deciding the contest winners and putting the issue together (which, due to a computer failure and my distrust of cloud computing, will have to be done from scratch).  So, hold your submissions until November 1, and start saving up your pennies for this issue. I figure it’ll be out in a week, but we’ll see how my work/play balance works out.

Regardless, thanks to everyone who submit their poems and fiction and especially art, which came in spades this time around. Every time I’m down on this whole thing (usually after reading a poem about the environment with rhyming couplets), I get a submission that makes it all worth it.


Late but never unwanted, we’ve got our last interviewee from Issue 4, Karrie Waalara, who gave us her poem “Reunion” to publish.



Describe your work in 25 words or less.
Tiny snapshots of life (some mine), mostly disguised as persona or how-to.

Tell me about your poem “Reunion.”

“Reunion” is one of the rare poems of late that doesn’t fall into either of the two categories above. It’s just the snapshot, no disguise, of that bittersweet moment when a former love finally truly becomes a friend. It’s easy to say, “Oh, sure, we stayed friends after we broke up” — but in reality it can take a circuitous route to get there.
What or who inspires you to write?
Almost any little glimpse of life can make me want to write. I keep those moments filed away in notebooks or in the back of my brain until they find the right poem. As far as actually sitting down to do the writing… lots of other things I “should” be doing can make writing irresistible. Villanelles are more fun than cleaning the garage or giving the dog a bath.

What authors have influenced you as a writer?
I was just telling one of my creative writing classes that when I look back at my early writing, I can tell exactly whose work I was reading at the time. All of that young, eager imitation. I hope that the influence isn’t as transparent now… but the long list would include writers like Anne Sexton, Marge Piercy, Lucille Clifton, Patricia Smith, Thomas Lynch, Sandra Beasley, Sandra Cisneros…

Do you have a blog/website?
I’m online at
What are you working on right now?
I seem to be at one of those in-between times lately in which the new ideas are percolating. Those can go on for months for me before the work comes pouring out. I’ve been using the time to focus on revising my manuscript of circus persona poems and trying to find it a good home.

Any advice for other writers?
Read. Read, read, read. And then read some more. It’s impossible to be a writer without being a reader.