IN THIS ISSUE

Tess Allard | Kenzie Allen | Beth Bachmann

Rosebud Ben-Oni | Jessica Rae Bergamino | Carlina Duan

Samantha Edmonds | Sarah Fonseca | M.J. Gette | Aubrey Hirsch

Denise Jarrott | Donika Kelly | Taisia Kitaiskaia | Lisa Krannichfeld

Sade LaNay | Muriel Leung | Aurora Masum-Javed

Sarah María Medina | Kristi Maxwell | Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint

Alison C. Rollins | Montreux Rotholtz | Rivers Solomon

John Stintzi | Tony Wei Ling | Jane Wong

An Interview with Sarah María Medina – 2017 BWR Poetry Contest Winner

I use white space to play with the rhythm and beat of an open rather than set structure. There’s another song I love which switches from Rumba to Bembé and I like thinking about what that would look like on the page. I like to use Spanish to subvert English, to reclaim tongue, but Spanish is also a colonizer language, so I like to find Taíno and Yorùbá words too.

2018 Contest: Interview with Flash Judge Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric...

2017 Fiction Contest Runner-up: TABOO by Ruth Mukwana

“Taboo” immediately gives us a connection to the narrator: visceral and particular descriptions of a boy in a refugee camp. The story—the characters in their situation—never wavers in its assurance. The writer very economically sets up a series of very human conflicts—of age, culture, gender, privilege—without resorting to easy cliché. They leave the reader to ache with ten year-old Timothy and, alongside him, wonder what will happen.

Contest Update: Donation and Gift Submissions are Now Open!!

We are excited to unveil a new category for our...

Review: THE AUSTRALIAN by Emma Smith-Stevens

By the book’s end, the Australian is a little more mature, and a little more aware of the reality of the world, and a little more accepting of the fact that “everything unlikely is, by definition, possible.”

From the Archives: Sonnet Infinitéismal n°3 / Matérial Girl n°8 by Aristilde Kirby

Sonnet Infinitéismal n°3 / Matérial...

44.2 Feature: Craft Essay by Samantha Edmonds

Samantha Edmonds' fiction and nonfiction appears...

Review: STRIPPER IN WONDERLAND by Derrick Harriell

In this collection, the ghetto plays the hero; its charms and harms ready for tragedy or ascension.

44.2 Sneak Peek: THE NIGHTGOWN by Taisia Kitaiskaia

Rabbits have bitten holes in my nightgown,
Which have only made her more sensuous.

Now Accepting Submissions for Our Online Issue!

We are interested in work that obliterates boundaries, and relishes in its resistance to easy categorization.

44.2 Sneak Peek: MARY by Carlina Duan

Carlina Duan hails from...