Issue 55

Volume XXVIII, No. 1, Issue #55


From the Editor

Brenda Miller, Letter from the Editor


Contest Winners

49th Parallel Poetry Award

Lucia Perillo, Judge’s Comments

Christopher Bursk, E Pluribus Unum

Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction

Paul Lisicky, Judge’s Comments

Bonnie J. Rough, Slaughter: A Meditation Wherein the Narrator Explores Death and the Afterlife as Her Spiritual Beliefs Evolve

Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction

Rosina Lippi, Judge’s Comments

Bernadette Smyth, Kissing



Marnie Bullock Dresser, On Hopper’s Evening Wind

Marnie Bullock Dresser, At the End of the Great Depression

Rachel Dacus, Terzanelle for a Bat Mitzvah

Rachel Dacus, Femme au Chapeau

Chanda Feldman, Increase

Priscilla Atkins, Cabbages

Priscilla Atkins, Scrambled Eggs

Kate Umans, Recipe

Diane Furtney, The Clavoris

Margaret Ronda, Alluvium

Margaret Ronda, Inside the Father’s Dream

G.C. Waldrep, In Brighter Flames Arrayed

Greg Rappleye, Lilacs, For Instance

Greg Rappleye, Letter to M., from Swannanoa

Stephen Massimilla, Beachcomber

Stephen Massimilla, Dreamed from the Hospital

Yvonne Zipter, All Solemnity on a Sunny Day

Yvonne Zipter, And Then the Nap Takes Me

Gregory Hischak, The Assistant

Elizabeth Austen, In the Brides’ House

Elizabeth Austen, How the End Begins

Sarah Livingston, Legend

Sarah Livingston, The Fish Bowl

Chad Sweeney, City Pastoral

Angela Armstrong, Manzanita

Angela Armstrong, White Horse by the Highway

Sarah Fay, Disremember

Sarah Fay, Fix in April

Matthew Frank, December

Megan Harlan, Land of the Lotus Eaters

Laura Bernstein-Machlay, Life With Turtles

Jesse Lee Kercheval, White Notes in White Envelopes

Brook Houglum, Sheets of Music

Catherine Pierce, Conscience

Catherine Pierce, Endearments



Marilyn Abildskov, Kimono

J. Allen Hall, My AIDS

Shara Sinor, Tracking



Rebecca Soppe, Saint Theresa’s Finger



Index for the Past 27 Years