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ardent

by Amanda Bustos ar • dent /ˈɑːdənt/ adj. 1. The feeling of blood racing rapidly through the veins. 2. The ache of the heart after cruel, raw rejection. 3. All that is evoked when the human soul is moved / The hidden tear behind a father who cannot feed the five little heads clinging to […]

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Mountain Smoke

by Alex Z. Salinas I. I remember the promise of the mountains, the alpine summer breeze clearing our pores, the entranced look you gave me on Highway 14 Remember the chip factory next to the hotel? That’s where you would’ve transferred You said all I needed to do was find a job II. I remember […]

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Essays Issue 1

A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education

by Bekah S. McNeel While death and taxes may have earned their spot at the top, there may be room for an addition to the dubious list of “things that are certain.” Every campaign season, candidates from both sides of the aisle in red states and blue states agree on one thing: the American education system […]

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Essays Issue 1 Nonfiction Prose

On the Moral Responsibility of Repaying Student Loan Debt

Or, How Student Loan Debt Drove My Family into Bankruptcy

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Essays Issue 1 Uncategorized

On Process: Coffee, Vinyl, and Work

by Ryan Boddy Most of us agree conceptually that process is of key importance to whatever we do. It’s a common talking point at management seminars, in motivational scrums away from the cubicles, and it’s a fairly typical subject of life-hack blog posts. Yet in our daily lives we don’t often apply principles of process […]

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Cube Houses, Rotterdam

Brianna Keeper Cube Houses Rotterdam 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas 1999 www.briankeeper.com​ Brianna Keeper is a painter in Hunt, Texas.

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Issue 1 Poetry

Salt

by Alex Z. Salinas   I’d read once that Salinas, the surname that graces every form of my identity, was born in the salt mines of old Spain, where many men surely perished. My uncle Henry, though I’d call him tio, was a Salinas if there ever was one, the salt so strong in his […]

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Ode to the Ten Eleven

by Abby Mangel   “Am I not who you thought I would be?” A severe case of monophobia led me to a violet shift of a punk establishment that sat precariously on the river. It was a sacral landmark, a busy locale known to be as self-destructive as the urban shadows packed inside of it. Timidly, […]

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Red, White, and Blue

by Amanda Bustos Please take a stand for your red, white, and blue. Take a stand for the land of the greatest, land of the honest, land of the cherished liberty. Freedom for all and above all. Freedom for my sisters and brothers. Freedom to write on this paper and freedom to stand outside the […]

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Editorial

San Antonio Will Never Be Austin

by William O. Pate II San Antonio will never be Austin. San Antonio will never be a “creative class” city because it doesn’t have a 24-hour coffee shop. San Antonio, much like New Orleans, has a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to viewing our neighbors to the north in Austin. While I […]