Issue #25 is themed Art Saves. Deadline is October 15th! Submit here.

Art can save a life, a relationship, a nation, a Sunday afternoon, one’s sanity—& art can save a space: for joy, for understanding, for all that is within us & beyond us. 

We believe art matters now more than ever—or, rather, as much as it ever has. Help us prove it.

Send us your manifestos & rhetoric, your stories & poems, your essays & forays into justifying art as an answer to—& escape from?—these trying times: pandemics, forest fires, catastrophe, white-supremacy, murder, burning buildings as the only way to be heard, fascism.

2021 Guest Poetry Editor // Sherwin Bitsui

Originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, DISSOLVE (Copper Canyon), FLOOD SONG (Copper Canyon), & SHAPESHIFT (University of Arizona Press). He is Diné of the Todí­ch’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizí­laaní­ (Many Goats Clan) & holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program & a BA from University of Arizona in Tucson. His recent honors include a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship & a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, & a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui has published his poems in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, & elsewhere.

2021 Guest Fiction Editor // David Heska Wanbli Weiden 

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is author of the novel WINTER COUNTS (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2020), selected as an Amazon Best Book of August, Best of the Month by Apple Books, a September main selection of the Book of the Month Club, & is an Indie Next Great Reads pick for September.  The novel received rave reviews from New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Washington Post, Shelf Awareness, Booklist, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Denver Post, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, BookPage, Air Mail, Fredricksburg Free-Lance Star, & Los Angeles Times. It was one of 2020’s most anticipated books by Library Journal, O, the Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Washington Post, Time, Salon, CrimeReads, Mystery Tribune, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Electric Lit, Betches, Shondaland, Dandelion Chandelier, Popsugar, Debutiful, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Observer, Lit Hub, AARP Magazine, The Millions, The Writer, & Book Riot. 

2021 Guest Nonfiction Editor // Heidi Czerwiec 

Heidi Czerwiec is an essayist and poet, the author of four chapbooks, the full-length poetry collection CONJOINING with Sable Books, & of the recently-released lyric essay collection FLUID STATES, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, & is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets (NDSU Press). Recent work appears in River Teeth, Zone 3, Under the Gum Tree, & Nonbinary Review, & in the anthologies Nasty Women Poets & New Poetry from the Midwest. She holds an MFA from UNC-Greensboro & a PhD from the University of Utah, and was a professor for twelve years before absconding to write and teach in Minneapolis, where she is an Editor for Poetry City, USA & for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Heidi teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, Normandale Community College, & occasionally elsewhere. When not writing & teaching, she collects perfume, forages for mushrooms, spends too much time on social media, & answer to “Mom.” Visit her at

2021 Guest Editor for Literature for Children & Young Adults // Julianna Baggott 

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott has published more than twenty books under her own name as well as pen names Bridget Asher & N.E. Bode. Her recent novel, HARRIET WOLF’S SEVENTH BOOK OF WONDERS, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2015). Her novel PURE, the first of a trilogy, was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2012) and won an ALA Alex Award; James Ponsoldt, the director of Smashed and The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller, penned the screenplay while it was in development with Fox2000. There are over one hundred foreign editions of Julianna’s novels published or forthcoming overseas. Baggott’s work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Modern Love column, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Glamour, Real Simple, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best American Poetry, & has been read on NPR’s Here and Now, Talk of the Nation, & All Things Considered. Her essays, stories, & poems are highly anthologized.