Category: James K. Johnson Award Winners

Four Poems by Emily Scarbrough

Jealous of a Goddamn Deity my mother ambushes me with one more Jesus talk about how God made the world and me

“And By the Grace of God, We’ll Travel West” a Novel Excerpt by Aaron White

Grandpa’s tires slide on the slick pavement and he barely stops at the intersection. His white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel tightens. He mutters to himself and stares ahead, burning holes in the station wagon’s windshield. The radio Continue Reading

Scary Monsters by David Banyai

When the phone rings, I am picturing Kimmy a brunette at school who is always good for a casual roll in the sheets.  I quickly waddle across the house and trip over the dog to answer the phone. Continue Reading

I Called My Grandmother Dolly by Rashelle Spear

I Called My Grandmother Dolly   because my baby tongue couldn’t return the darlin’ she wrapped me in.

Five Poems by Eliot Thompson

Dear Mother You raised me in a chapel of ease, raised to please, raised for and from love. You birthed me and I was yours to keep. You were the tree and I the leaf, eternally dependent from Continue Reading

Valve by Christopher Robison

“It’s your aorta valve,” the doctor says. “The valve is dilated, and instead of closing, it stays partially open, allowing the blood to flow back into your heart. We’ll have to replace the valve right away. You’ll die Continue Reading