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Doug Ramspeck

Hard to tell the birds from their voices
in the darkening field where hemoglobin

clouds drift low to the earth, bleeding
along their underbellies

Phillip Garcia

Like a lot of people approaching their first book review, I have no idea what I’m doing. So, for my sake, and for the sake of other would-be reviewers, I decided that, in addition to my review, I would compile a guide on writing book reviews. Never mind that I’ve never done this before…

Richard Adams Carey

The Fish came on. If you listen close enough to “Section 43,” you can hear the beating heart of God. The first time is still the best.

Michael Czyzniejewski

I paced around my house for several hours, too afraid of the Misfit to turn out the lights, too excited about what writing could be to not read the story again.


Last year we put out an open call for one- minute videos addressing the notion of First Experiences. We asked artists to interpret this notion in the broadest possible terms. Here is an assorted and provocative sampling of what we received.    

Diane Lefer

Hallucinatory fever dreams, the taste of blood in my mouth, the smell of mildew from the old volume’s pages…

Table of Contents

David Hancock
Doug Ramspeck
Shelley Girdner
Lisa Rosinsky
Joseph Bruchac
Richard Adams Carey
Diane Lefer
Michael Czyzniejewski
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
Leah Kaminsky