Month: March 2015


by Amanda Yskamp

The big boys lost her on purpose in the woods to mock her urbanity, because they thought she mocked their simplicity, way out in the wilds near dusk. (more…)

(de)fine (poe)try project: (Q)uote

by Alisa Golden


97 Degrees, Old Mesilla, NM

by Jari Thymian


(de)fine (poe)try project: (P)ace

by Alisa Golden


White Belt

by Yu-Han Chao


(de)fine (poe)try project: O(bserve)

by Alisa Golden



by Karen Craigo

Something in us wants
to bring in the light, sit
by a candle until we start
to feel tongues on our skin.
My head feels heavy
on the stalk of my neck,
like a seedpod the birds
return to. It isn’t true
the robins leave. They just
go deep into woods,
wait the winter out.
Sometimes you see their
twin trinities in the snow,
fat ornaments in a tree
puffed up against the chill.

Karen Craigo teaches, for the time being, at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. You’ve probably never heard of it. She is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Someone Could Build Something Here (Winged City, 2013), and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Advent”?

The other day I lost my job—I mean that I found out, like non-tenure track faculty so often do, that my contract is not being renewed after this academic year. I took the news quite hard, and I’ve really been through the wringer since—sad, bitter, angry, defiant, even, in my better hours, a little hopeful and excited about what the future might hold. Since this is the liturgical season of Advent, I’m trying to lose the bitterness (God, I hate feeling that way!) and sharpen my sense of anticipation. I want to live expectantly, always hopeful and optimistic about what might come next. The more I think hopefully, the less I want to throat-punch someone. I like this poem, the first of a series, because it tries to reclaim my optimism.

(de)fine (poe)try project: N(atural)

by Alisa Golden


The Heiress

by Tara Laskowski

At 10:16 a.m. on a Saturday morning, Maria Vensasto Mortegan leapt out of a high-speed Cessna 182 wearing nothing more than her trademark yellow t-shirt and white work-out shorts. (more…)


Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.” Congrats to Christopher Allen for being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.


05/20 • Clint Margrave
05/22 • Leah Griesmann
05/23 • Nance Van Winckel (1 of 8)
05/27 • Natasha Sajé
05/29 • Carolyn Oliver
05/30 • Nance Van Winckel (2 of 8)
06/03 • Ankita Banerjee
06/05 • Rachel Rodman
06/06 • Nance Van Winckel (3 of 8)
06/10 • Erica Soon Olsen
06/12 • Beverly Jackson
06/13 • Nance Van Winckel (4 of 8)
06/17 • Avra Margariti
06/19 • Tommy Dean
06/20 • Nance Van Winckel (5 of 8)
06/24 • Stephen Reaugh
06/26 • Hege Lepri
06/27 • Nance Van Winckel (6 of 8)
07/01 • Danielle Hark
07/03 • Shirley Harshenin
07/04 • Nance Van Winckel (7 of 8)
07/08 • Matthew Barrett
07/10 • Andrew Stevens
07/11 • Nance Van Winckel (8 of 8)
07/15 • Peter Cherches
07/17 • Christopher Ryan
07/22 • Jessica Kehinde Ngo
07/24 • TBA
07/29 • TBA
07/31 • TBA