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Poetry

Ode to the DMV

by Jenine Baines Fuck. Pardon my French. But fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck. FUCK. Oh, it could have been worse: I could have neglected to make an appointment in advance and wound up in a line snaking outside the door, around the building; I could have flunked the written test more than once. Grâce à […]

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Issue 2 Poetry

A Teacher’s Hope: Being Remembered

by David A. Grenardo How do you want to be remembered by your students? And, more importantly, when? For your awards or accolades and only at the end? In some big ceremony, retirement, or a funeral attended by many, Which of those ways do I want to be remembered by my students? Not any. I […]

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Editorial

Our First Issue Released

Our inaugural print edition has been released. It’s a collection of work that has been published on this site — and a few extras. The print edition is available on Amazon here and the Kindle version is here. A sincere thank you to all the contributors to our first issue. Thank you for reading!

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Essays Issue 2

A School Board Meeting Challenges Faith

by Bekah S. McNeel Recently I covered what has been by far the most difficult events of my young journalism career: a school board meeting. I’m an education reporter, and school board meetings feature regularly my calendar. Usually the primary challenge is staying awake. On that Monday night, the primary challenge was keeping my faith. […]

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Essays Issue 1

Free Pools for Baltimore Youth? Why Not?

by Ryan Boddy I want to state up front that the basis for this idea is NOT originally mine, so I’ll explain where it came from below. Like a lot of my stories, it’s a bit long. In my teenage years and early adulthood, I lived in Glendale, Arizona. I made my summer money as a lifeguard […]

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Issue 2 Poetry

Bending Time

by Jennifer R. Lloyd   Where’d you learn to bend time like that? You found the portal on instinct. Our two mouths like black holes connecting, Lips and teeth and tongue marking The fissure where solid time turns liquid, Where night stretches In communion with parked cars, Where street dogs gather their feast, Where we […]

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Issue 1 Poetry

Mriga

by Sam Griffith I used to remember. The way the trees below meant nothing to Orion. I used to think. I wonder if he hunts in Greensboro. Where pines cover grass which cover civil disobedience kept as tight as orion to mriga the deer in the sky. forever disagreeing forever at war. Samuel Griffith is […]

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Issue 1 Poetry

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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Issue 1 Poetry

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 […]