Editor – David Busboom

20130817-155203.jpgDavid Busboom was born and lives in Central Illinois, where he pursues a BA in English (with a double minor in Creative and Professional Writing) at Eastern Illinois University. His fiction has appeared in Shock Totem.



Managing 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 – Steven Nathaniel

Associate Editor – Megan Ivey

Assistant Editor – Alexandra Dean

Alexandra Dean is an undergraduate student who is finishing her BA in English. When she isn’t writing, she can be found spending time with her friends and family in the Chicagoland area.



 Honorary Editor – Hannah R. Green

photoHannah R. Green is an English graduate student in literature with a creative writing emphasis. She is a fiction writer and occasional poet with her work having appeared in both print and online.



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.


Abraham Haile
Alisha McCullum
Asha Hoover
Caitlin Danforth
Ceili Erickson
Christopher Robison
Elysabeth Connolly
Emily Whitmore
Gaylin Tharp
Hannah Osborne
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