Diagrammer of Sentences

By Mary Kay Rummel ● 2022

Diagrammer of Sentences    In the corner of the living room, huddled over my pink wooden desk, brothers fighting, mother angry because I’m not peeling potatoes, I’m wandering in English…

Restoring prairie

By Leslie Thomas ● 2022

Restoring prairie   June 24, 1854: Some of these flowers must be preserved—not that they can ever be made any more beautiful or arranged with any better taste than now.…

How I Became a Feminist

By KateLynn Hibbard ● 2022

How I Became A Feminist   Because she could not bear to waste a thing, My mother always drank the coffee dregs Straight from the pot, and dribbled on her…

Between the Stations

By Benj Vardigan ● 2022

Between the Stations The presets are nonsense, directions to nowhere. Coaxing the dial across the notches we nuance, tune our ears to any clear scrap in the static.   On…

Salvation of Bread

By Diane Jarvenpa ● 2022

Salvation of Bread   Every time sorrow is a rock to the skull   I chant up a stove it’s belly all fire bloom    as I beg any ancestor…

MAL-UNION

By Meckenna Holman ● 2022

CONTENT WARNING: Implications of domestic violence   The bone had healed wrong, or so the doctor said. I’d squinted real hard at the x-ray and couldn’t see what he saw.…

Interlude with Cadaver Seeking Dogs

By Isadora Gruye ● 2022

There was a villa in southern France where a billionaire went missing. He just disappeared one summer evening while out for a walk. His private jet missed him terribly. His…

Caretakers

By C.M. Finch ● 2022

Charlie’s enthusiasm was infectious as he showed me around his living space.  My living space now, I supposed, as room had been made for me here.  The entryway was bright…

Gifts of the Superior Hiking Trail – The Dragonfly

By Mikkel Beckmen ● 2022

“Flora or Fauna, we are all shapeshifters and magical re-inventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” – Diane Ackerman   Mid-way along my thru hike of the…

School of big and small

By Didi Koka ● 2022

It has been an occasional evening routine to watch a nature program.  It is a nod to the bigness of world and a balm to how little seems to get…

Isaac’s Blessing Bags

By Tanaǧidaŋ To Wiŋ ● 2022

When we left our quiet townhome in Inver Grove Heights to move to our first home on the Eastside, as a mother of two young men I was extremely nervous.…

Storytelling Contest

2022

Theme: environmental (in)justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce (Minnesota). Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and audio & visual formats. Deadline: April 1, 2022