A Climmer’s Chance

Christine Collinson Writer’s Note: I was listening to a podcast on birds through history when I first came across ‘Climmers’ (or Climbers). This led me to some early twentieth-century film footage of Climmers working at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire. Although silent, the film was so atmospheric that my character’s story emerged soon after. A routine […]

Two Poems: Memories and Satsuma

Susmita Bhattacharya Writer’s Note: In 2016, I started a Facebook Group with a few of my friends who, like me, had just finished their treatment for breast cancer. We decided to write a poem a week, using the prompts from Jo Bell’s book, 52: Write a Poem a Week. This was a very special group […]

Love, Departed

Emily Devane Writer’s Note: This piece started with a voice, and a feeling: I am looking for the key to the drawer with nothing in it. I heard that voice in my head and I knew that the person saying those words is unravelling. When I wrote this, I had in mind The Yellow Wallpaper […]

Truth or Death

Lori Sambol Brody Writer’s Note: I set out to write a flash novella about a high school theater kid (Julia) navigating her older sister’s wedding, with a dose of Jewish folklore mixed in. Think of Sixteen Candles crossed with The Dybbuk. As I wrote, however, I found myself relying on the tropes of Jewish generational […]

Five Poems From A Wellness Check

Bri Gonzalez Writer’s Note: My collection-in-progress, currently titled A Wellness Check, inspects how pop culture, like DC’s Batman, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and horror movies from the 50s to present day, exploit mental illness as shock value. It’s a call-out – the poems critique media for profiting off of perpetuated stigmas. My collection-in-progress is also […]

Three Poems: Once We Were Kids, Moving Fear of Staying, Growl

Sage Ravenwood Writer’s Note: On writing these poems, ‘Once We Were Kids’ is based on an actual childhood memory. I wanted to capture the innocence of that time period yet show how the outside world creeps in no matter how safe and loved a child is, /the boy who commented on me liking chocolate ice […]

On Amoxicillin

Adrian Dallas Frandle Writer’s Note: The title of the piece “On Amoxicillin” invokes the dual sense of “on” as both a polemic (“On Beauty…”; “On Grief and Grieving…” etc) and the state of treatment, of “being on” a course of amoxicillin. The poem falls toward the end of my collection in progress, Acoustic Ecologies and […]