Hash Marked by Jordan Escobar

Hash Marked By Jordan Escobar Toothless and hungry, he wakes in the back of his truck. The sky remains broken on grimy windows, as he rubs sensation back into his stubbled jaw. This day and this day again. The pops and aches of his discarded body remembering its own vulnerabilities. He sits on the tailgate,…

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Two Poems by Raye Hendrix

Raye Hendrix is a poet from Alabama. She earned her BA and MA from Auburn University and her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Raye is the winner of the Keene Prize for Literature (2019), the Patricia Aakhus Award given by Southern Indiana Review (2018), and the New Writers Project Michael Adams Thesis…

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The Diehards by Matthew Kenerly

The Diehards by Matthew Kenerly San Jose State Spartans (3-8, 2-5 Mountain West) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (1-10, 0-7 MW) November 26, 2016 – Bulldog Stadium (41,031) – Fresno, California – 12:30 PM PT Nothing lasts forever, not even unparalleled humiliation. That such embarrassments on occasion come to an end under the threat of a…

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Mister Average by Eric P. Mueller

Mister Average (or, A Properly Forged Sword) By Eric P. Mueller Silence, rare on the football field, usually occurs with gasps, like after the hardest collisions, or, in a moments of loss when the team scores, a player is injured, or you lose the game. That’s probably why my silence stood out as long as…

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Mascot by Beth McMurray

Mascot By Beth McMurray My mom had postpartum depression. Not the baby blues type, but the type where she took off and left and went back to Tennessee, to the parts where trailer trash fit right in, leaving my dad and me living in a house atop a liquor store in a suburb of San…

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Concussion by Zachary Hughes

Zachary Hughes is a recent graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. This fall, he begins a job as an English and History teacher at Jackson Hole Classical Academy in Wyoming. As a football player, Hughes was awarded the High School Heisman in 2015 and played for a year as a receiver and running…

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WITH THE INTENT by Pablo Piñero Stillmann

Pablo Piñero Stillmann’s work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Notre Dame Review, Washington Square Review, and other journals. He recently won the Moon City Short Fiction Award & his short story collection Our Brains and the Brains of Miniature Sharks is coming out in the spring of 2020 (Moon City Press). His novel,…

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Tough Call by Dave Malone

Poet and filmmaker Dave Malone lives in the Missouri Ozarks. His most recent book is You Know the Ones (Golden Antelope Press, 2017). His poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, Plainsongs, and Midwest Review. He can be found online at davemalone.net or via Instagram @dave.malone.

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Two Poems by Peter Hogan

Peter Hogan was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and is happy to call it home. He received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Memphis, where he also taught for two years. He currently works in marketing because bills are a thing. His poems can be found in Yemassee, The New Plains Review,…

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