Issue No. 13, Summer 2015

Chunnel
Marc Fountain

I leave Europe at a hundred miles an hour, underground. Two hundred fifty feet of solid rock above my head. Above that, a hundred fifty feet of water. The world outside the windows is black. After all, why illuminate a train tunnel? The sunlit fields of France are only a memory.

I cup my hands around my eyes and put my nose to the glass. It’s not entirely dark out there. Signal lamps flash by on occasion. From the glow of the train’s internal lighting, I can make out concrete walls maybe five feet away. Beneath them, I see a narrow walkway.

There are things in the tunnel with us. Big things, the size of a truck, resting or mounted on the walkway. We pass them with a whoosh every so often. Here in the deep places of the world.

We’re climbing uphill now. Every few seconds, white lights on the ceiling blink into view. Way markers for unintentional pedestrians, one assumes. Now we’re abruptly slowing. And we’re out. Elapsed time 22 minutes. The weather is overcast. Welcome to England.


Marc Fountain is a career freelance writer who took off for a month one Spring, pen and paper in hand, to meander by bus and train from Madrid to Loch Ness. You can see hints of his current project at http://TheMostNobleChoice.com/.

Issue No. 13, Summer 2015

"Lady Lapsang" -- Emily Linstrom
Lady Lapsang
Emily Linstrom

Courtney Bates-Hardy holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Regina. Her work has been published in several literary journals, including Carousel and Room. Her first chapbook, Sea Foam, was published by JackPine Press in 2013. When she’s not writing poetry, you can find her reading comic books or practicing yoga. She lives in Regina with her husband and their imaginary dog.

Shinjini Bhattacharjee’s poems have been published, or are forthcoming in Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Gone Lawn, Crack the Spine, wherewithal, Red Paint Hills Poetry, Literary Orphans and elsewhere. She is also the founding editor of Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal.

Michael Boccardo’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Lindenwood Review, Tinderbox, Kestrel, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Best New Poets 2013, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, and others. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, as well as the assistant editor of Cave Wall. He resides in High Point, NC, with his fiance and three tuxedo cats.

Samantha Brodsky is a sophomore Writing Major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She’s from Ridgewood, NJ and aspires to get her work out there in any way she can. Running through her veins is a combination of highly caffeinated coffee and creativity.

Laurin DeChae is a M.F.A. candidate for poetry at the University of New Orleans, where she acts as the associate editor for Bayou Magazine. She is active in the fields of education and composition, assisting in programs such as the Greater New Orleans Writing Project, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. She has work forthcoming in Harpur Palate and Milkfist.

Jeri Edwards is a writer and a pastel/mixed media illustrator who grew up in Virginia with a couple of acres of woods as her backyard. She now divides her time between the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California and Northern Arizona and wherever she can be surrounded by nature. She has been published in literary journals such as Quiddity, Yalobusha Review, Portland Review, Worcester Review, Lumina, Westwind.

An emerging poet living and writing in California, Alicia Elkort has worked in the film industry for over 16 years and is currently producing a documentary on prayer. She edited and contributed to the chapbook, Creekside, published under the auspices of the Berkeley Poetry Review where she also served as an editor. She earned a B.A. degree in literature from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing. Her poems have appeared in Ishaan Literary Review, Red Paint Hill Quarterly, and Elsewhere Literary Review.

Roberta Feins received her MFA in poetry in 2007 from New England College. Her poems have been published in Five AM, Antioch Review, The Cortland Review and The Gettysburg Review. Her first chapbook, Something Like a River, was published by Moon Path Press in 2013. Roberta edits the e-zine Switched On Gutenberg (http://www.switched-ongutenberg.org/).

Sera Flynn is a star-catcher who lives at the edge of the world with two savage beasties and an untamed husband. She likes to write at midnight and she collects folklore.

Marc Fountain is a career freelance writer who took off for a month one Spring, pen and paper in hand, to meander by bus and train from Madrid to Loch Ness. You can see hints of his current project at http://TheMostNobleChoice.com/.

Sue Howell is a former teacher with degrees from Tulane University and Southern Illinois University who started writing poetry seriously when she left the classroom. Since then she’s published poems in passager, Southern Indiana Review, and various regional journals. She’s won some local contests, and she was a finalist in the River Styx International Poetry Contest and the 2012 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival contest.

Christina Im is a wordsmith and an admirer of whimsy and rawness. She was a National Gold Medalist and National Silver Medalist in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work either has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications, including Canvas Literary Journal, YARN, -Ology Journal, and GREYstone. You can find her online at christinaim.flavors.me.

Ani King is an oddly reliable whisky drinker located in Lansing, Michigan.

C. A. LaRue is a writer/artist working out of New Orleans. She studied creative writing at Hollins University and holds a B.S. from the University of New Orleans. She is a registered member of the Tlingit Nation of Alaska (Raven Yéil moiety, Seagull T’akdeintaan clan) with recent work in The McNeese Review, Deep South Magazine, SunDogLit and Sabotage Review. Find her at http://bonesparkblog.wordpress.com or on twitter @bonesparkblog.

Emily Linstrom is a NYC-based artist. Her writing and photography have been recently featured by/in Three Rooms Press, Project Naked, Goblin Fruit, Eunoia Review, Wicked Alice and Nailed Magazine. A burlesque & sideshow veteran, she has eaten fire and walked on glass for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, The Slipper Room, Brooklyn Circus Co., L.A.’s famed Monday Night Tease, The Bowery Poetry Club, New York Fashion Week and various short film installations and music videos. She is currently completing two short films, one of which is based upon an original story.

Ken Poyner has lately been seen in Analog, Café Irreal, Cream City Review, The Journal of Microliterature, Blue Collar Review, and many wonderful places. His latest book of short fiction, Constant Animals, is available from his website, kenpoyner.com, and from Amazon. He is married to Karen Poyner, one of the world’s premier power lifters, and holder of more than a dozen current world power lifting records. They are the parents of four rescue cats, and an energetic fish.

David Radavich’s recent poetry collections include AMERICA BOUND: AN EPIC FOR OUR TIME (2007), CANONICALS: LOVE’S HOURS (2009), and MIDDLE-EAST MEZZE (2011). His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway and in Europe. His latest book is THE COUNTRIES WE LIVE IN (2014). davidradavich.org.

Sean Robinson’s work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Betwixt, and is forthcoming from Apex Magazine.

Louis Staeble lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. His photographs have appeared in Agave, Blinders Journal, Digital Papercut, Driftwood, Four Ties Literary Review, Gravel, Iron Gall, Microfiction Monday, On The Rusk, Paper Tape Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Up The Staircase Quarterly and Your Impossible Voice. His web page can be viewed at http://staeblestudioa.weebly.com.

Caryn Studham Sutorus writes historical and contemporary fiction for young adults and grown ups. Her short stories include tales of Viking villages, medieval saints, and modern day horror, and have been finalists for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, Writer’s Workshop Fiction Contest, Stonethread Publishing’s SpecFic III contest, and Grey Wolfe Publishing’s American Short Story Contest. Her publishing credits include short stories published in The Grotesquerie: an Anthology of Horror, Darkhouse Books’ And All Our Yesterdays, and the Ni Bona Na Coroin anthology of American stories. As an active member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network and Charlotte Writers, she enjoys creating, editing, and discussing both fiction and nonfiction. In the professional world she writes freelance communication materials for financial companies.

"Encore" -- Louis Staeble
Encore
Louis Staeble

Issue No. 13, Summer 2015

"By a Hare" -- C. A. LaRue
By a Hare
C. A. LaRue

Summer Feature, 2015
How to construct a room with wet hands
The path taken by my grandmother’s piano thrown at the moon
by Shinjini Bhattacharjee

Creative Non-Fiction
Chunnel by Marc Fountain

Fiction
Frigg Mourns by Ani King
Black Feathers, Beady Eyes by Caryn Studham Sutorus
Dark-Side Dreaming by Christina Im
Bloom by Sera Flynn
The Making of Mermaids by Ken Poyner
Scander and the Red Briar Prince by Sean Robinson

Poetry
Dream of Cold Steel by Sue Howell
Awake to Follow by Roberta Feins
A List of My Most Recent Sins by Laurin DeChae
Moroccan Mosque by David Radavich
House of Mystery and The Good People by Courtney Bates-Hardy
The Fairest Queen by Samantha Brodsky
The Many Places We Leave Behind by Jeri Edwards
Sometimes I Would Imagine a Knife and The Artist Has a Powerful Hunger by Alicia Elkort
The Glass Slipper Speaks by Michael Boccardo

"Summer World" -- Louis Staeble
Summer World
Louis Staeble

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