Issue #28

confront our deepest fears and write about them

Lauren Bender interviews
Noelle Q. de Jesus


Our editor in chief Lauren Bender recently had this exchange with Noelle Q. de Jesus, our Issue #28 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, her experiences in workshops, and her inspiration for the short story “Wanting.”… Read more

illustrated commentary on human frailties

Mike Sweeney interviews
Toni Hamel


Our art editor Mike Sweeney recently had this exchange with Toni Hamel, featured artist for Issue #28 and our Volume 3 print issue. Here’s what she had to say about subverting viewers’ expectations, the importance of titles, and the inspiration behind the sense of tranquility in her art…Read more

connective tissue between past and present

Katie Stromme interviews
Jericho Parms


Our nonfiction editor Katie Stromme recently had this exchange with Jericho Parms, featured nonfiction author for Issue #28 and our Volume 3 print issue. Here’s what she had to say about accessing memories, the theme of duality in her work, and her approach to publishing…. Read more

writing is part of how I resist

Erin Post interviews
Chen Chen


Our poetry co-editor Erin Post had this exchange with Chen Chen, our Issue #28 and Volume 3 print issue featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about writing communities, pop culture as an influence, and his intentional use of humor in his poetry…. Read more

"Roller-life" by Irina Udalova, tempera on paper, 2008


Circle “C” If You Just Don’t Know

By Chen Chen

I failed the multiple choice exam. I failed to thank the driver

before exiting the bus. I failed my pet fish in the third grade.

I am failing to recall if it was the third or in fact second grade…
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"The Thrill of Her Slipperiest Flesh" by Bill Wolak, Collage



By Noelle Q. de Jesus

Through this long summer, I’ve been desperately and quite pathetically in love with Eloisa Tuason, our neighbor from down the street. From the start, it’s been more than infatuation. Any man, married or not, can pass a woman on the street and think she’s gorgeous, and by the time he gets to wherever he’s going, he’s forgotten her….
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"Corde" by Dave Petraglia, Photograph


On Weaving

By Jericho Parms

Lately, in the middle of the night, I wake up in a tangle between the cat and my partner, whose chest rises and falls with his measured breath. I still use the word partner although it sounds like we are police officers or share leadership in a law firm…
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"The Shipment" by Toni Hamel, 14" x 18" Oil on canvas, 2016


Oil Paintings

By Toni Hamel

Hamel describes her work as “an illustrated commentary on human frailties.” Rooted in story-telling, her art practice draws from personal experiences and outward observations to create thematic bodies of work…
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