7000 pages, 40 finalists, four judges, and four winners. Please join us in congratulating the winners of our 2015 chapbook contest: Elias Lindert (fiction), Jarod Roselló (graphic literature), F. Daniel Rzicznek (poetry) and Katherine Schifani (non fiction). Thank you to all who submitted and to our judges, Lydia Conklin, Kristin Dombek, Luis Jaramillo and Katie Peterson.
CARTOGRAPHY Katherine Schifani
"Every time he comes to this part of the desert, Jade tells me, he gives himself a new tattoo. He’s done this since the commander he advises was a captain, when he and his guys lived in tents and undertook most of the operations on their own, without the help of the Iraqis, which would be eight or nine rotations ago, eight years. On their first rotation, he only had black ink, and the tattoo scabbed. He’s learned to deploy with a full kit."
LIVE FEEDS F. Daniel Rzicznek
"Poisoner of gods, there is sanctuary all around you. I am standing in a barn at the county fair exchanging stares with a gaunt brown goat, pale eyes like something pried from the earth. No such thing as a ceasefire. No such thing as distance. Attached. Always. Inexplicably."
MEN IN THE MOON Elias Lindert
"Shame defines the way we live, who we are, individually and collectively. Naturally, we are far too ashamed to admit such a thing, no matter how drunk and high we get. We could be tortured by CIA-trained specialists, like the ones who used to torture and kill left-wing dissidents in this country, and still we would never admit to this. Shame and grace under pressure do not mix, are totally incompatible."