Issue 57

Volume XXIX, No. 1, Issue #57


From the Editor

Brenda Miller, Letter from the Editor


Contest Winners

49th Parallel Poetry Award

Peggy Shumaker, Judge’s Comments

Jennifer Perrine, My Mother Learns the Language of Pregnancy

Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction

Bret Lott, Judge’s Comments

Vicky Mlyniec, I Ride Along

Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction

Judith Kitchen, Judge’s Comments

Amy Alznauer, The Grave-Merry Girls



Argie Manolis, Statue of Julia Mamaea, Athens Archeological Museaum

Bryan Narendorf, Yellow

Bryan Narendorf, Red

Jason Koo, Spring Motions

Jason Koo, Choir

Karen An-hwei Lee, Bones of a Bird’s Wing

Megan Kruse, Debts

Megan Kruse, Hope

Virgil Suárez, Snow Perdition

Steven Rydman, French Kiss

Aaron Stoller, Shadow of the Cross

Leslie Shipman, Carnival

Lisa Roullard, How-To with Leaves

Lisa Roullard, Every Feather

Lisa Roullard, Suspended Brightening

Brian Komei Dempster, Spring Reply to Missoula, Montana, Internment Camp

Brian Komei Dempster, Camp Letters

Beth Thomas, Rondeau

Beth Thomas, Talifero

Margaret Holley, Lattice

Margaret Holley, Soft Touch

Karla Clark, Departure from Rented Rooms

Karla Clark, Even Now You Are Almost

Margaret J. Hoehn, String Theory

Rebecca Dunham, Summer

Alice George, The Gallery-Struck Atheist Wonders if Rembrandt

Alice George, The Wigged-Out Atheist Desires to Write a Ghazal

Ava Leavell Haymon, What Gretel Learned from the Witch

Ava Leavell Haymon, Pose, Flammable

John Pursley III, Periodicity & Inevitable Failure

Beth Martinelli, Distance Underwater

Beth Martinelli, Woman on a Pendulum of Sun

Priscilla Atkins, It Begins with M

Priscilla Atkins, I Wake in Twilight

Kathryn Ugoretz, Concerto for Z

Kathryn Ugoretz, Aspens in B Minor

Hadara Bar-Nadav, The Crystal Palace

Hadara Bar-Nadav, My Body, My Abacus

Judith H. Montgomery, Simmer

Judith H. Montgomery, Fugue and Variation for Tympanist



Nona Caspers, We Wish to Remain What We Are



Maren Michel, Place Dauphine

A.G. Harmon, What They Left



Rose Good Meitzen, Schmoozing with Bernard Cooper: An Interview