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Fall 2012: Young Voices

Go On Then, Gunslinger

Deserted wasteland wastes souls, leaves men deserted, broken and lonely by the rattlesnake tracks. You find out in the middle of the book that this was once all forests and skyscrapers and statues with cameras that kept people in and feelings out, but it's all gone now, left turn, dirt and dunes. Somewhere at the beginning there's a man inexplicably dressed in all black, a trench coat and a long tattered scarf that flows out behind him. Sometimes, in Japanese cartoons, he has a sword, but in this story he has guns. Two of them. He wields them akimbo, but he always hits, even when he turns his guns to the side. In the real world, this would decrease his legitimacy, but this is a story, a post-apocalyptic desert planet story, and our hero is dark and mysterious and he never plays by the rules. Every step he takes is loaded with self-loathing, every twitch of his fingers is a traumatic event of his past, and every time he pulls the brim of his hat down low, all the pretty girls know he is resisting the urge to cry. Go on then, gunslinger. We have a story to write.

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Fourteen poets fill this section with mothers, daughters, sons; with dreams, promises, hauntings; with joy, pain and what lies in between.


I am a world creator ... . I am a voice finder. (S. H. Aeschliman, “On Voice”) Meet five prose writers who will guide you into unique worlds and invite you to hear their creative voices.


Three photographers and two painters make the pages of this journal sparkle with color, light, variety.

Young Voices

We are proud to introduce five emerging writers whose work shows a depth of talent and creativity that will delight you.


Here are the 27 authors and artists whose work make our first online issue so extraordinary.

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        To the Friend Who Talked Me Down by Amy Schutzer

        Memorial Day on South Greeley Avenue by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Lost Rubies by Deborah Brink Wöhrmann

        Everything between your palms by Jaime R. Wood

        315C by Kristen Roedell

        In 4th Grade, Sally Teaches Me the Bases by Betsy Fogelman Tighe

        Swan Song by Jaime R. Wood

        We by Carrie Padian

        The Supplicant by Emily Pittman Newberry

        Jailhouse Call by Kelly Running

        spoon by Brandi Katherine Herrera

        my in mind ungrammared kiss by Melanie Green

        Beyond Reach by Leah Stensen

        You must give up your dead by Kristin Roedell

        Tree Ghosts by Tricia Knoll

        Personal Interview by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Fairy Tale I Haven't Read Yet by Donna Prinzmetal


        One Small Thing Right by Nicole Rosevear

        How Mom Played Sad by Sally K. Lehman

        Running with Dragons by Trista Cornelius

        High Priest by Robin Schauffler

        On Voice by S.H. Aeschliman


        Lush iii by Tina Tran

        The Commuter by Denise Hrouda

        Which Witch by Denise Hrouda

        The Center of Two by Jolyn Fry

        A Knot Unties by Jolyn Fry


        weight bags by Calli Storrs

        No Parking by Frances Bringloe

        Falling in Love by Chaquita McClendon

        Go On Then, Gunslinger by Allison Stein

        Fishing Float by Sage Freeburg