Issue 8 – Autumn 2021

“Out of the Woods,” by Kevin Specht.

The Literary Issue

This issue marks the publication of our first nonfiction essays. Both “Cycling with Jane,” by Lisa K. Harris, and “A Name is an Unquiet City,” by Rolando André López are deeply felt recollections of lives in crisis.

We’d also like to point you toward a particularly interesting pair of short stories, each of which pays tribute to a famous and long-suffering female writer. “A Terrible Thing Has Happened,” by Natascha Graham, is a paean to Virginia Woolf, written in a style very similar to Woolf’s. Tina Klimas honors poet Sylvia Plath with her short story, “Muse in 1982, or The Year of Sylvia Plath.”

As always we have an eclectic array of viewpoints from around the globe. This issue’s U.S. writers hail from Connecticut to California, Michigan to Louisiana to Puerto Rico. Our international contributors come from Saudi Arabia, England, India, Canada, and two from Scotland. If you count story venues, we also have perspectives from China and Italy.

– Joe, Zac, Renee, Marci, Ai, Lauren, David, Ronak, K.A., Holley, and Tommy

Table of Contents (click the links for stories and excerpts)

About the Cover
Of the Stairs, Haley Moore
A Terrible Thing Has Happened, Natascha Graham
Portraits, Sam Simon
I am Eating Myself Alive, Aida Riddle
Song without Words, Geri Lipschultz
Resolve, S.S. Mandani
Distance, Charles Scott
Between the Sea and Sky, Adele Annesi
Postmortem, Robyn Thomas
Cycling With Jane, nonfiction, Lisa K. Harris
Wild Birds, Philip Cesario
Adhere to the Code, Mike Goodwin
Labor, Abdul Elah Abdul Qader, Translated from the Arabic by Essam M. Al-Jassim
Ways to Craft a Pickle, Mandira Pattnaik
A Name is an Unquiet City, nonfiction, Rolando André López
Nine Lessons and Carols, Paul Brownsey
Muse in 1982, or The Year of Sylvia Plath, Tina Klimas
Agency, Catherine Gammon
Carnie Love Tug, Kristyn Dunnion
Issue 8 Contributors

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Editor’s Note: We have not Americanized spellings and grammar native to other English-speaking countries, but have left them in their original form in order to fully convey the voices of our authors.