By Sarah Blanchard The gun shop owners are busy with customers wanting gunsmith services and booking time on the rifle range. They don’t know there’s a troll in their midst. She’s the pudgy, silver-haired grandmother in Wrangler jeans, a buffalo-plaid sweatshirt, and well-worn leather barn boots, casually perusing a display of gun oils and cleaning … Continue reading Avoiding Failure
I want a girl who’s dying.
our eyes have crusted like pressed apricots the mountains drip over our footsteps
My daughter pierces my soul “Ma, I do my Black girl in the mirror and my White girl at school.”
Photo by W W at Pexels Born and raised in India, Manisha Sharma is a Jack Grapes Poetry Award, American Short(er) Fiction Contest semifinalist. Her work addresses feminist/ social issues across genres and disciplines. New poetry is forthcoming in Choice Words Anthology. The Fourth River, The Arkansan Review, Puerto Del Sol, Saturday Poetry Series, TAB, … Continue reading “Electronic Inquiry for a New Media Exhibit @ the Indian Embassy in Washington DC” by Manisha Sharma, 2020 Poetry Winter Contest Winner
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.
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
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
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
We received an extraordinary number of amazing submission for our first poetry contest of the year. Congratulations to Amanda Rachelle Warren for taking first place in the Spring Poetry Contest of 2017! Audi Alteram Partem (Hear the Other Side) I shut my eyes; a dead man sings in my head. And I can pick the … Continue reading Poetry Spring 2017, First Place: Audi Alteram Partem (Hear the Other Side)