Nora Bonner, Miss Thailand Country Band

Liz Howey, The Boy

Jane Rose Porter, The Night Vera Robinov Got Shot

Dave Zoby, Five-Bear Days


Cade Leebron, Fork Theory

Raina K. Puels, Bruised

Diane Mehta, Dip Your Hand In


Brian Clifton reviews Hadara Bar-Nadav’s The New Nudity

Megan J. Arlett reviews Cait Weiss Orcutt’s Valleyspeak


C. Wade Bentley, Glaucoma

Rebecca Foust, Little Brown Bat

Steven Kleinman, Bear

George Kovalenko, Spooky Action at a Distance

Stefan Lovasik, River; How It Feels

Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Flâneur

Allan Peterson, Seeing the Yazzo

Samuel Piccone, Black Velvet

Margaret Ray, March 13th, 1993: Jacksonville Airport & the Storm of the Century

Katie Schmid, Apple Glory

Richard Spilman, Old Tropes; The Habit of Silence

Kelly Grace Thomas, Life/Boat

Catherine Wing, Diptych


POETRY, selected by Pimone Triplett

Jessica Guzman Alderman, The Visible World

FICTION, selected by Josip Novakovich

Rachel Toliver, Legion

ESSAYS, selected by Marcia Aldrich

Tara Deal, Mirror Finish


POETRY, selected by the Editors

John Blair, Blue

FICTION, selected by Colin Barrett

Bryna Peebles Cofrin-Shaw, Errands

Madeleine Barnes is a writer and visual artist from Pittsburgh, PA living in Brooklyn. She serves as Poetry Editor at Cordella Magazine, a publication that showcases the work of women-identified and non-binary writers and artists. She is the recipient of a New York State Summer Writers Institute Fellowship, two Academy of American Poets prizes, and the Princeton Poetry Prize, and her artwork has appeared on the covers of literary journals like Washington Square Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Cimarron Review. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University in 2016, and her second chapbook, Light Experiments, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press in 2018. cordella.org | madeleinebarnes.com

“Due to man’s sinful nature it is dangerous to have open, direct communication with angels.” Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia (Heavenly Mysteries or Secrets of Heaven)

Heavenly Bodies aims to conjure serene, sacred, etheric spaces via digital alteration and layering in search of ghostly or angelic presences. The artist Lowry Burgess once casually told me that he has guardian angels that are about 30 feet tall, and I’ve been thinking about that for years. I love the idea of having benevolent, semi-divine celestial beings looking out for humanity, and in my recent work I search for them in unusual places—rising out of the ocean, submerged in a lily pond, or in the dizzying ceiling of Grand Central. I think we all have positive forces watching over us—but they don’t look like we’d expect them to. I also think my friend Henry was right when he said, “your camera is haunted.”