Jaime Torres grew up in the shadow of GM’s Malleable Iron Plant in Saginaw, MI. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Gina Myers is the author of Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009).
By Beth Royce, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River Joseph Bathanti is the author of ten books of poetry, three novels, a book of short fiction and two books of nonfiction. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, at 23 he moved to
By Kammi Trout, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River Local Pittsburgh writer, Stewart O’Nan, blends fact with fiction in his 2015 novel, West of Sunset, published by Viking Press. In an excerpt featured in The Fourth River 0.3: Celebrating 10
By Beth Royce, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River Ann Pancake writes of Appalachia. Originally from Romney, West Virginia, Pancake’s characters often find their place in a similar climate. She is an accomplished writer in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction,
It took three days
to pull your wings from the metal grille.
What can a man do with an owl
a shroud of cardboard and terry cloth?
There’s no one here to roll back
your stone. To call you to choir,
the caterwaul thump of
I don’t need gauntlets to
clean your perch where you turn
spheres against astroturf.
Your eyes full of holy fire and nebula
as I wonder how
you sing these gular hymns.
There’s no one here to bury
your quiet wings. But I wail
against the last full moon.
Ashely Adams recently acquired an MA in Writing and Literature at Northern Michigan University, where she also worked as an associate editor for NMU’s literary journal, Passages North. She has been previously published in Rum Punch Press, Heavy Feather Review, Permafrost, Flyway, and Anthropoid.
By Fay L. Loomis first blush of warmth unfolds velvety purple face midday withered glory carpe mane seize the morning ** Fay L. Loomis, a nemophilist (haunter of the woods, one who loves the forest, its beauty, and
By K. E. Ogden My body merges with black blades of slicing currents. In the dark water below me hundreds of sharks move in an IV tube from this world to the next. I ask my guide, Pablo, how