Editor – TJ Martinson

T.j. Martinson is a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University, earning a Master’s in Literary Studies with an emphasis in Creative Writing. His stories have been published in Heavy Feather Review, Bartleby Snopes, Pithead Chapel, The Milo Review, HEART Journal, The Magill Review, The Penwood Review, and others. He also reads submissions for both PANK and Bluestem.

Poetry Editor – Steve Nathaniel

headshot1Steve Nathaniel is a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University, earning a Master’s in Literary Studies.  He also reads for poetry Bluestem.



Editorial Assistant – Hannah Osbourne

Editorial Assistant – Abraham Haile

Faculty Advisor – Lania Knight

Lania Knight Author 2013Dr. Lania Knight is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Illinois University, where she teaches English and creative writing. She has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. Her first book, Three Cubic Feet, is a 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Debut Fiction. Her stories and essays have been recently published or are forthcoming in Fourth Genre, The Missouri Review, Literary Mama, New Stories from the Midwest, PANK, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. Read more about her at www.laniaknight.com.


Alisha McCullum
Asha Hoover
Caitlin Danforth
Ceili Erickson
Christopher Robison
Elysabeth Connolly
Emily Whitmore
Gaylin Tharp
JP Salas
Maggie Perry
Megan Olson
Scott May
Sean Towey
Stephanie Markham



Image by Katie LaDew


Four Days in October by George Jones

Four weeks since I have

seen you. These weeks that may

as well been years.

I can remember this past summer when we first met.

Who knew that spark could ignite a fire? Continue reading

The Chess Teacher by MaryAnne Kolton

Lisa lay on the sofa, crying for a long time.  Was this her fault?  Had she given him some sign?  Encouraged him in some way?  It was true she had thought he was cute.  Did he sense that and take it as some kind of an invitation to do what he did?

No one had asked Lisa if she wanted to go to Utica and live with complete strangers for the Continue reading

Three Photographs by Eleanor Bennett

Alan with lung cancer-worry of the one in three

VHS Memoir


{Back to the Spring 2012 issue}

Two Poems by Kenneth Gurney

Natural Instinctive State

The heat of love
sometimes burns my fingers
and I pull them back.

It is not always easy Continue reading

The First Time I Saw Him Cry by Rachel Marsom-Richmond

Dad painted the house for hours.
I watched him climb his ladder each day,
long arms and brush working together
to reach each corner and crevice.

He’d researched Victorian colors, Continue reading

Four Poems by Corey Mesler

Hearing Dog Language

Sometimes you learn more
by misunderstanding.
Sometimes you learn more
by hearing only a little bit. Continue reading