Author Spotlight: Kayleigh Wanzer

On transforming the personal into the universal By Katya Ellis   Kayleigh Wanzer sees writing creative nonfiction as a cathartic process. From drafting and revising to editing, “the experience becomes less about what I went through and more about what...

“Privileges: Not Approved” by Hannah Straton

Issue 11 / Fall 2017   When I escaped from an intensive wilderness therapy program, I got labeled a “run risk” and my diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder with a history of suicidal behavior labeled me a “self-harm risk.” Both...

“The Mechanic” by Jennifer Watkins

Issue 11 / Fall 2017   When I was fifteen, I met the mechanic. The plane touched down in Atlanta in July, and my hair was still windblown from the Colorado Rockies. My mother’s words echoed as I stepped...

“Belongings” by Jennifer Lang

Issue 11 / Fall 2017   Finder’s keepers, loser’s weepers “Mommy, can I keep this?” asks six-year-old Simone. “Please.” She’s holding a scrap of apple-green wrapping paper with irregular-shaped red hearts suspended in air. It was left over from wrapping...

“Poetic Dancer” by Lois Paige Simenson

Issue 10 / Summer 2017   I found my writing journal from 1986. This isn’t a remarkable discovery, except for the timing of finding it. I read to page four and stopped dead in my tracks. I’d written about my...