Spring/Summer 2015 – Vol. 12, no. 1 (purchase)







Olivia Wolfgang-Smith, "Minding the Heavens"

Elvis Bego, "The Mnemosyne"

Terrance Manning, Jr., "Radio Down

Philip Jason, "The Gesture"

Ron A. Austin, "Neck Bones"



Sarah E. Baker, "Every Western is a Ghost Story"

Dawn S. Davies, "Sheep to the Cyclops"

Ander Monson,“Library of Water,” “Dear Defacer,” “What Comes After Dewey"

Kathryn Nuernberger, "Christmas Night"

Emilia Philips, "Remains




Ryan Black, “Compensation" by Ryan Black

Zana Previti, "My Nephew Takes a Bath"

Jessica Goodfellow, "On Hearing of Your Hearing Loss"

Corey Van Landingham, "Pastoral with Predator Drone" and "Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens"

Brian Cochran, "Some Walls Are Doors For Creatures To Pass Through Between Shores"

Claire Donato "Asylum," Apology," "Dedication"

Megan Peak “Stinger in the Wound” “Teendom” “Before Spring”

Michael Lee "The Blade as Key" and "Secondly. Finally."

Ellen McGrath Smith "Prince Gallitzin and Charles Schwab in Central Pennsylvania," "Ichthus / Monkey Tails," "He Says Marco, We Say Polo"

Jim Whiteside “Saudade”

Elizabeth Barnett “Story” and “Some history”

Estanislao Lopez “Static”

Mary McMyne “Open Letter to the Frog Princess” and “The Sleagh Maith: a Nocturne”


Kathleen McGookey “In My River” and “The Life Below”

Sophie Klahr “Vetiver”

sam sax “Poem about Water”

Paul Carroll, “Narrative”

Geetha Iyer, "My Sister Preps Specimens for the Natural History Museum"

B. J. Best, “*”, “sundial”


Editorial Staff

Editor: Jodee Stanley

Fiction Editor: Philip Graham

Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick

Assistant Editors: Sara Fan, Calgary Martin, Kristin Walters

Editorial Assistants: John Dudek, Nolan Grieve, Ceridwen Hall, Katherine Kendig, Michael Hurley, Caitlin McGuire, Zachariah McVicker, Natalie Mesnard, Katherine Scott Nelson, Alison Syring-Bassford, Jess Williard

Editorial Intern: Laney Ontiveros

Art Director: Maurice Meilleur

Designers: Justin Cagadas, Chelsea Carlovsky, Emma Jennings, Sansan Liu, Maddie Maranto, Jillian Martin, Hafsa Siddiqui, Laura Today, Maggie Wierzchucki

Special Thanks: Gary Frantz and Original Smith Printing, Paul Soulellis and the Library of the Printed Web


Support at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

College of Fine and Applied Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
LAS Humanities Council
Office of the Chancellor
Office of the Provost
School of Art and Design


Individual Sponsors

Patron: Sarah Knox, M.D., John Hall, M.D.

Friend: Raina Bahns, Gladys Justin Carr, Joan Golder, Kathleen Harleman

This project is partially supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.

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