“Gender Side Effects and Stars” by Alison Terjek, 2019 Poetry Winter Contest Winner

Beware the nagging possibility of perpetual violence etched in shadows of evening trees!               - the Mother in my head I. If I could step out of gender push the weighty glove of caution away from mouth I’d startle every scarecrow leave no frosted corn field or rocky outcrop … Continue reading “Gender Side Effects and Stars” by Alison Terjek, 2019 Poetry Winter Contest Winner

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“Peach Jam” by Sara Eddy, Fall Poetry Winner 2018

Sometimes after all the work, after cutting the cling from the stone and excising the bruises, after measuring the pectin and balancing the tart lemon with a mountain of sugar-- sometimes still something goes bad.  The pectin fails or the peaches turn brown, or in the final instance a jar cracks in the boil and … Continue reading “Peach Jam” by Sara Eddy, Fall Poetry Winner 2018

2018 Spring Poetry Winner “Study of Grief” by Brook J. Sadler Ph.D

Dr. Sadler is a professor of philosophy, a feminist, a poet, a mother, a vegetarian, a cynic, and a bit of a misfit. She is keen to support literary journals, poetry, and the arts. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals including Atlanta Review, Tampa Review, GW Review, The Cortland Review, The Chariton Review, Calamaro Magazine, Parody Poetry, Mixitini Matrix, McNeese Review, The Boiler Journal, Connotation Press, ROAR, Ms. Magazine, and other places. Dr. Sadler has participated in writers' conferences at Sewanee, Breadloaf, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and Sarah Lawrence. In September I was a Fellow in poetry at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

2018 Winter Poetry Winner “Unexcused Absence” by Claire Scott

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE   Monday morning and you are not here. Another “F” joins the parade of “F’s” across Miss Nichols’ notebook. You are off catching pollywogs in the stream behind the school, sneaking into matinees, sitting next to men with bourbon breath.   Our hands touched by chance in the dark theater of Audrey Hepburn … Continue reading 2018 Winter Poetry Winner “Unexcused Absence” by Claire Scott

2017 Fall Poetry Winner “Deployed” by David Colodney

Before becoming a writer, David Colodney was a fetus and, prior to that, an embryo. David realized at an early age that he had no athletic ability whatsoever, so he turned his attention to writing about sports instead of playing them, covering everything from high school flag football to major league baseball for The Tampa … Continue reading 2017 Fall Poetry Winner “Deployed” by David Colodney

Spring Fiction Winner: “A Wartime Guide to Confession” by Michael Pesant

A Wartime Guide to Confession   “May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified…” The Golden Arrow Prayer     Daddy! The girls call in their father like an air strike. Their voices are girly, ear-bleedingly high-pitched, but the word … Continue reading Spring Fiction Winner: “A Wartime Guide to Confession” by Michael Pesant

2017 Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention: “Ornithology Lessons” by Rob Carney

We're pleased to announce "Orinthology Lessons" as an Honorable Mention in our 2017 Poetry Contest! A very special thank you to our poetry staff for their hard work! ORNITHOLOGY LESSONS Because she loves a good rock slide, a little geologic fanfare, the blue jay taps at boulders with her beak, quick chisels to get things … Continue reading 2017 Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention: “Ornithology Lessons” by Rob Carney