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I love you, El Paso

My dearest El Paso, I wasn’t born one of you. I didn’t grow up in the shadow of the Franklin Mountains, making jokes about loving different tones of beige. I wasn’t formed by the desert heat or reared in the wake of monsoon rains. I don’t have a border accent or family that has chosen […]

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What I’m Reading- June 2019

June has been a particularly busy month. If you haven’t heard, I just celebrated the release of my first chapbook, Ocotillo Worship, from Apep Publications and held my first solo art show here in Austin. So, I haven’t had the most time to read for fun this month. As such, I am keeping my list […]

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Calves

I stood next to my husband in sequins and glitter, Rainbow, Mostly red hot pants glittering phthalo green, cadmium yellow, cerulean blue hues I never wear as skin unless LED lights are glittering in front of me too. My calves flex like rocks glowing rose quartz against sandstone  that bounces sound back between my chest […]

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Interview: Jeremy Gaulke

What is your favorite creative medium? I like illustration a lot at the moment but passions have waxed and waned over the years. I try to indulge as many forms of creative expression as possible. What do you love about that medium ? There are limits to language and I think that I try to […]

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Interview: Beth Gordon

Beth Gordon is a poet, mother and grandmother, currently landlocked in St. Louis, MO. Her poems have been published in numerous journals including Into the Void, Noble/Gas, Five:2:One, SWWIM, Verity La, Califragile, Pretty Owl Poetry and Yes Poetry. She is also the Poetry Editor of Gone Lawn.  What is your favorite creative medium? Poetry What […]

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Ekphrastic Challenge: K Dulai

You know, in the beginning there was woman and she made stones from sand. And taking water for bone, sculpted more of herself, the gift of life emerging tenderly from her sinewy hands There has been talk of fire, but with her face and her face and her face once more there was the sky, […]

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Run

My mother told me that as soon as my brother and I could run, we were headed for the street. We’d toddle on our little feet out the front door and towards roads that sounded like rushing ocean waves. Or at least, I would, my mother sprinting behind me with one eye towards my brother […]

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Interview: Charlotte Hamrick

Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography has been published in The Rumpus, Literary Orphans, Connotation Press, Eunoia Review, and numerous other journals. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a Finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize for her Creative Non-Fiction. Currently, she serves as the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Barren Magazine. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.

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Review: Candy Cigarette

16 is sacrifice. Serpents seek skin. Sequestration a season, and then they begin — reptilian gazes, demon enchantment, sheepskin, diabolists who crave consumption within. You are an entrance. Composition is doors, all orifices, indefensible pores. – From “An Entrance is Not an Exit” In her latest full-length collection, Candy Cigarette: Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press, […]

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Kick

I’d complain it’s too hot             But I know you                  and you would tell me that your skin was practically peeling off the             bone             yesterday. And you wouldn’t remember the metal sign with the dachshund cut out                         in curly q’s that marked the entrance to the hideout where I am sweating into […]

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Feet

The puddles that formed in my husband and I’s backyard after a rain smelled different than the ones outside Sarah’s. I loved the way it felt to be drenched standing in front of her downtown one-bedroom, flirting with the rapid waters of brown arroyos, angry that they must twist and turn through oil slick streets […]

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Interview: Lannie Stabile

This week I spoke with Lannie Stabile about her creative process. Lannie is a Detroiter and Finalist for the 2019/2020 Glass Chapbook Series. She is currently penning her second chapbook, as well as a novel. Her work has been previously featured in The Hellebore, Kissing Dynamite, Cauldron Anthology, and more. She serves as the Project […]

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What I’m Reading: April 2019

It’s National Poetry Month, ya’ll! You better believe that means I am reading a ton of poetry for this feature (and, you know, also because I love poetry). So, to that end, there are several poetry selections and only one prose selection this month. Thanks to Malvern Books’s National Poetry Month sale, I was able […]

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Toes

When I was in college, I would walk around campus on the phone with bare feet. I’d feel my toes dipping into the soft earth and let them be warm, covered in mud and slick stone.             My toes are curled and cracked and filled with callouses. They are flexible beans on the edge of […]

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Interview: Tianna G. Hansen

Tianna G. Hansen has been writing her whole life. Her work has been published widely in many forms but her first love will always be poetry, and her debut poetry collection “undone, still whole” is coming in May 2019 from APEP Publications. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Rhythm & Bones Press, a lit mag […]

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Interview: Kristin Garth

For my first “emerging writer” interview, I Skyped with poet, Kristin Garth to talk about her upcoming projects and her creative process. Kristin was an incredible interview. She opened up about writing about vulnerable topics, the anxiety of publishing, stripping, writing nineteenth century fantasy, and more. Listen to our conversation below!* CW: Sexual Assault, Trauma […]

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What I’m Reading- March 2019

This month’s list is a little shorter than February, but for good reason, I swear! …Okay maybe it’s not that great of a reason. Basically, I just have been writing a little more than I have been reading this month, which is just the way she goes sometimes. The texts I have been reading have […]

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Listening to Your Body

Please excuse the rambling: Recently, my body wants to paint and write poetry and creative non-fiction. It does not want to play nicely with books and classes and teaching. It wants to spend late nights agonizing over words and words that come from me and nowhere else. My biggest struggle this Spring semester has been […]

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Thigh by Kristin Garth

Thigh* They lie to you, at twelve, about the thigh — that what men see, above a knee, will be invitation, impossibly denied. Their closure, your responsibility, neglected means you are unprotected, an opening to be inspected, slut to shut out — having been inside. Suspect a miniskirt rebellion when you cut with razorblade a […]

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