Cover Image (Recent death)
All images appear in this issue courtesy of the artist, Karen Bell.

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our Summer 2014 “ENDANGERED” issue. We’re incredibly proud to present to you the wonderful and diverse array of voices in this issue, all complimented by the beautiful photographic art of Karen Bell which she has graciously donated for this issue.

We’ve got a poem about penguins, stories about stars, and a farcical essay that is really a short story. We’re pushing a lot of boundaries here and having loads of fun in the process. You should find a lot to enjoy in this issue. I hope that you will take the time to explore it.

Our final theme for 2014 will be APPALACHIA, published in October. Our January 2015 issue will be themed CAREGIVERS. And (a quick reminder) we are closed to submissions during June, July, and August.

Yours in Recovery,

Mary Akers


summer 2014
vol. xi. no. 3


The Stars at Noon

By David Jauss

Squandering the Fellowship

By Jessie Hennen

Roadside Flowers

By Karin C. Davidson

You Don’t Know Me

By Michael McGlade



By Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Breathing Without Air

By Leslie Nielsen

Sleight of Hand

By Mickey J. Corrigan

To His Wife

By Mark McKain

Starry Night

By Jillian Ross

Age of Consent

By Bill Glose


I Am Always in Transition When Disaster Strikes

By Vyshali Manivannan

Tips for Writing About Loss

By Jessica Handler


By Lauren Jo Sypniewski

Shorts on Survival


By Danielle Collins

Just Enough Hope

By Toby Van Bryce


By Evelyne Lampart