Sindya Bhanoo, His Holiness

Molly Edmonds, Last Meal

Sydney S. Kim, α-Crystallin

Darryl Peers, Late Shift


POETRY, selected by the Editors

Ellen Seusy, The Spiral Jetty

FICTION, selected by Colin Barrett

Cady Vishniac, Bumper Crop

ESSAYS, selected by Ryan Van Meter

Julialicia Case, The Stories I Do Not Know For Sure


John Amen, Legacy

C. Fausto Cabrera #214176, Yes We Could

Andrew Collard, Pax Americana

Derek Gromadzki, Rhumb Lines

Elizabeth Hazen, The Bereaved

Rob Jacques, Dane Street Beach

R. Wood Lynn, Psalm for the Haters in the Back

Angie Macri, Spiral

S.A. McDonald, My Heart is Like a Dog

Willy Palomo, Mamoncillo

Carrie Shipers, The angry widows

David Swerdlow, Weight and Demeanor

Adam Tavel, The Crisfield Winter Consumptives of 1908; Phil Spector Points a Loaded Pistol

Lindsey Warren, Lauds


Dorothy Bendel, Murmuration

Kendra Clark, Se Qing and the Naked Truth

Gary Fincke, Sparklers

Steven Harvey, One Boy’s Luminous Skin 

Julie Marie Wade, The Suit


On “Meting Out Intimacy”: A Conversation with Lucas Mann

Melissa Cundieff’s portraits of people who do not exist each begin with a line that becomes a shape that eventually becomes a human. She likes best to draw smokers, lonely people, people with questions that cannot be answered, those who make terrible mistakes, people who do not love themselves and will not survive within their own stories. She draws with India ink and a ball point pen, and she likes to create accompaniments for poems and fictions.

Melissa Cundieff is the author of Darling Nova, selected by Alberto Ríos for the Autumn House Press full-length poetry prize. She draws when writing is too challenging. She holds an MFA from Vanderbilt, teaches at the University of Minnesota, and lives in Saint Paul with her two children.