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Online Issue: Winter 2023

Editor’s Note: “We live to collect experiences, not things.” Whenever I hear that familiar saying, I’m reminded of the preciousness and elusiveness of the present moment, but at the same time, I’m humbled and frustrated by it. Time continues to pass no matter who is chasing it. What we are really collecting is memory, and the act of remembering is our attempt at breaking the boundary of time. Based on the past, memory writes and rewrites our present and the future.

The cover art we feature is a painting by the late artist Rita Deanin Abbey called “Memory,” selected for this issue. Even though the writings we have curated are not themed, collectively through echos, the thread of memory has emerged to connect the pieces…. 

1980s-1990s | 2000s-2022
Vol. XXXVI No. 2 online issue Winter 2023 contents
Vol. XXXVI No. 1 Second Chances Spring 2023 contents
Vol. XXXV No. 3 online issue Winter 2022 contents
Vol. XXXV No. 2 Saṃsāra: The Asian Voices Issue Autumn 2022 contents
Vol. XXXV No. 1 Missed Connections Spring 2022 contents
Vol. XXXIV No. 2 online issue Winter 2021 contents
Vol. XXXIV No. 1 As Seen on TV Spring 2021 contents
Vol. XXXIII No. 3 online issue Winter 2020 contents
Vol. XXXIII No. 2 q+1 Summer 2020 contents
Vol. XXXIII No. 1 Magic Spring 2020 contents
Vol. XXXII No. 3 online issue Winter 2019 contents
Witness Winter 2019 coverVol. XXXII No. 2 online issue Winter 2019 contents
Witness Spring 2019 coverVol. XXXII No. 1 Disarm Spring 2019 contents
Vol. XXXI No. 3 online issue Winter 2018 contents
Vol. XXXI No. 2 online issue Summer 2018 contents
Vol. XXXI No. 1 Abandon Spring 2018
Cadere...THUMBVol. XXX No. 3 online issue Winter 2017 contents
Vol. XXX No. 2 online issue Summer 2017 contents
Vol. XXX No. 1 Chaos Spring 2017
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Vol. XXIX No. 3 online issue Winter 2016 contents
Vol. XXIX No. 2 online issue Summer 2016 contents
Vol. XXIX No. 1 Spectacle Spring 2016
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Vol. XXVIII No. 3 online issue Winter 2015 contents
Vol. XXVIII No. 2 online issue Summer 2015 contents
Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Trans/lation Spring 2015
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Vol. XXVII No. 3 online issue Winter 2014 contents
Vol. XXVII No. 2 online issue Summer 2014 contents
Vol. XXVII No. 1 Ghosts Spring 2014
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Vol. XXVI No. 3 online issue Winter 2013 contents
Vol. XXVI No. 2 online issue Summer 2013 contents
Vol. XXVI No. 1 Redemption Spring 2013
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Vol. XXV No. 3 online issue Fall 2012 contents
Vol. XXV No. 2 online issue Summer 2012 contents
Vol. XXV No. 1 Disaster Spring 2012
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Vol. XXIV No. 3 online issue Fall 2011 contents
Vol. XXIV No. 2 online issue Summer 2011 contents
Vol. XXIV No. 1 Blurring Borders Spring 2011
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Vol. XXIII Captured: Writing About Film and Photography 2010
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Vol. XXII Dismissing Africa 2009
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Vol. XXI general issue 2007
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Vol. XX Exile in America 2006
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Vol. XIX Childhood in America 2005
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Vol. XVIII No. 2 Our Best: 1987-2004 2004 contents
Vol. XVIII No.1 general issue 2004
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Vol. XVII No. 2 Ethnic America 2003
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Vol. XVII No. 1 general issue 2003 contents
Vol. XVI No. 2 Aging in America 2002
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Vol. XVI No.1 general issue 2002
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Vol. XV No. 2 Animals in America 2001
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Vol. XV No.1 general issue 2001
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Vol. XIV No. 2 Crime in America 2000
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Vol. XIV No.1 general issue 2000
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Spring 2023

Editor-in-Chief Areej Quraishi

Managing Editor Benjamin Stallings

Engagement & Design Editor Lindsay Olson

Fiction Editors Tanya Shirazi & Xueyi Zhou

Nonfiction Editor Dominque Conway

Poetry Editor John B. Oldenborg

Editorial Assistant Charlie Bartlett

Contributing Editors Henry Gunderson, Anne Livingston, Cecil Lycoris, Leah Mell, Marlan Smith, Kelly Stith, Carlos Tkacz, Jo Wallace

Readers Justine Baker, Carrie Bindschadler, Nicholas Bon, Sara Brown, Alycia Calvert, Delight Ejiaka, Benjamin Favero, Jordan Foster, Eli Jacobs, Arel Wiederholt Kassar, Veronica Klash, Clarissa Leon, Alice Letowt, Aeriel Marillat, Nicole Minton, Destiny Pinder-Buckley, Avery Portis, Sara Tausendfreund, Layhannara Tep, Tonya Todd, Rachel Walker, Kailee Wingo


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Winter 2020

Editor-in-chief Jarret Keene & Emily Setina

Managing & Engagement Editor Lindsay Olson

Fiction Editor Wendy Wimmer

Assistant Fiction Editor Robert Ren

Nonfiction Editor Cody Gambino

Poetry Editor Lindsay Olson

Readers Anthony Farris, Dylan Fisher, Ruth Larmore, Kathryn McKenzie, Chantelle Mitchell, Flavia Stefani, Jordan Sutlive, Ariana Turiansky, Alexandra Murphy, Bronwyn Scott-McCharen, Carrieann Cahall, Ilanit Moskul, Jo Hahn, Marycourtney Ning, Sanjana Gothi, Sarah Spaulding


Spring 2021

Editor-in-Chief Emily Setina

Managing & Engagement Editor Lindsay Olson

Fiction Editor Robert Ren

Assistant Fiction Editor Areej Quraishi

Nonfiction Editor Cody Gambino

Poetry Editor Heather Lang-Cassera

Readers Alexis Noel Brooks, Alycia Calvert, Benjamin Stallings, Chelsi Sayti, Claire Mullen, Dylan Cloud, Erin Turner, Flavia Stefani Resende, Jennifer Quintanilla, Jeremy Freeman, Jesse Motte, John Oldenborg, Jonquil Harris, Jordan Sutlive, Justine Baker, Kelly Lindell, Lynda Montgomery, Mir Arif, Percy Kerry, Sara Guiang, Sara Tausendfreund, Sarah Spaulding, Stephanie O’Brien, Stephen Ira, Steven Aiken, Talia Aharoni, Tonya Todd, Vandana Sehrawat, Veronica Klash, Win Frederick


Winter 2021

Editor-in-Chief Emily Setina

Managing Editor Christina Berke

Engagement Editor Lindsay Olson

Fiction Editor Robert Ren

Assistant Fiction Editor Areej Quraishi

Nonfiction Editor Cody Gambino

Poetry Editor Andrew Collard

Readers Erika Abad, Steven Aiken, Mir Arif, Justine Baker, Alexis Noel Brooks, Soni Brown, Alycia Calvert, Cristina Cisneros, Dylan Cloud, Emily Daniel, Win Frederick, Sara Guiang, Stephen Ira, Eli Jacobs, Veronica Klash, Kelly Lindell, Lynda Montgomery, Jesse Motte, Stephanie O’Brien, John Oldenborg, Jennifer Quintanilla, Mark Ranchez, Flavia Stefani Resende, Chelsi Sayti, Vandana Sehrawat, Sarah Spaulding, Benjamin Stallings, Jordan Sutlive, Sara Tausendfreund, Tonya Todd, Erin Turner


Spring 2022

Editor Robert Ren

Managing Editor Christina Berke

Engagement & Design Editor Lindsay Olson

Fiction Editor Areej Quraishi

Nonfiction Editor Mir Arif

Poetry Editor Jo O’Lone-Hahn

Editorial Assistant Oona Robertson

Contributing Editors Alycia Calvert, Emma Hardy, Henry Gunderson, Eli Jacobs, Nicole Minton, Ezra Noel, John Oldenborg, Jennifer Quintanilla, Amanda Santana, Marlan Smith, Ben Socolofsky, Sarah Spaulding, Sara Tausendfreund, Olivia Williams, Sara Guiang

Readers Erika Abad, Justine Baker, Charlie Bartlett, Alexis Noel Brooks, Veronica Klash, Alice Letowt, Laurel Miram, Jesse Motte, Mark Ranchez, Benjamin Stallings, Vandana Sehrawat, Tonya Todd

Faculty Advisor Maile Chapman


Fall/Winter 2022

Editor Robert Ren
Managing Editor Christina Berke
Assistant Managing Editor Benjamin Stallings
Engagement Editor Lindsay Olson
Fiction Editor Areej Quraishi
Assistant Fiction Editor Xueyi Zhou
Poetry Editor Jo O’Lone-Hahn
Nonfiction Editor Mir Arif
Editorial Assistant Oona Robertson
Faculty Advisor Maile Chapman
Readers Erika Abad, Helen Armstrong, Justine Baker, Charlie Bartlett, Audrey Bauman, Sara Brown, Alycia Calvert, Cristina Cisneros, Post Earth, Jordan Forest, Sara Guiang, Henry Gunderson, Stephen Ira, Eli Jacobs, Veronica Klash, Alice Letowt, Nicole Minton, Lynda Montgomery, Jesse Motte, Ezra Noel, John Oldenborg, Jennifer Quintanilla, Amanda Santana, Vandana Sehrawat, Marlan Smith, Sarah Spaulding, Kelly Stith, Sara Tausendfreund, Tonya Todd, Olivia Williams