Issue #40

Baumann Author Photo

Connecting the Bizarre to the Real

Grace Safford interviews
Joe Baumann

 
 

Fiction co-editor Grace Safford recently had this exchange with Issue #40 featured fiction writer Joe Baumann. Here’s what Joe had to say about his approach to brainstorming story ideas, what role exposition plays in a piece, and what he’s working on now… 
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Melissa Goodnight

Focusing on the “Real” of Life

Julie Patterson interviews
Melissa Goodnight

 
 

Nonfiction reader Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #40 featured nonfiction writer Melissa Goodnight. Here’s what Melissa had to say about how she approached revealing intimate moments in her own life, and how writing helped to process her grief in service to others… 
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JOV NEW

NONFICTION ISSUE #40

Doll

By Melissa Goodnight
 
 

Dana worked the morning shift at Skaggs Regional Hospital. As far as nurses go, she was friendly and efficient. She was a sturdy girl, with gentle hands and a welcoming hug. In the early morning hours, as the sun made its slow climb from behind the clouds, Dana could be found shuffling cords and fluffing pillows…
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Kohrs_Lift

FICTION ISSUE #40

Vernix

By Joe Baumann
 
 

The neonatal nurses couldn’t remove the vernix from Evan’s skin. They tried hot water, scrubbing with their hands through the squeaky latex of their gloves; they soaked washcloths, scratching them against his pink baby body, at first with a delicacy reserved for afternoon tea…
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The Executive Meeting

POETRY ISSUE #40

The Apologetics of Leaving

By Naomie Jean-Pierre
 
 

a leaving 

begins in the 

calluses on my feet 

calcium, hardened on my teeth 

laughter ghosts 

a smile in disguise beneath my nose… 
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Crooked Jesus, Ozarks, Digital Photo 2017

ART ISSUE #40

Image: “Crooked Jesus,” Ozarks, Digital Photo 2017.     Justin Hamm Photographs     Artist Statement “For me, the act of photography is similar…