There Is Strength in Our Stories: Poem for RJ – Bina Ruchi Perino

You smile, emerald pepper in hand, and you shrink me into a single consonant, a controlled identity, the Beta. B — her throat is the steel kettle on your electric stovetop, simmering and boiling and compressed — she is trapped in a Stockholm prison, where you peel apart her threads. July is a blister, a … Continue reading There Is Strength in Our Stories: Poem for RJ – Bina Ruchi Perino

There Is Strength in Our Stories: bewitching hour – Tianna G. Hansen

after Effy Winter Tonight you plant a curse. Find the recipe from a love witch  —  black garden curse jar. Place your wounds inside, direct pain on the one who birthed it. A relief spell, enchantment of the heart capturing sorrows, stabbing like knives through the veins of the one who caused your ache. Mix … Continue reading There Is Strength in Our Stories: bewitching hour – Tianna G. Hansen

There Is Strength in Our Stories: Thin Ice – Tamara Fricke

i. Cracking ice twists and sickens at an intrinsic level as though cells know hypothermic pain. ii. The time when I said no and he said yes and I changed my tune because fear is intrinsic. iii. A sheet of ice covers the snow creating a satisfying crunch with each wintered step. iv. The satisfying … Continue reading There Is Strength in Our Stories: Thin Ice – Tamara Fricke

There Is Strength in Our Stories: a night that didn’t wash away – Linda M. Crate

i remember that rainy saturday night well will never forget your sister was supposed to be watching us, however, she was rather absent from where we were; i remember how you forced your lips against mine in a kiss although i protested no you didn’t listen— never understood why my voice didn’t matter how you … Continue reading There Is Strength in Our Stories: a night that didn’t wash away – Linda M. Crate

There Is Strength in Our Stories: Over her shoulder – Sarah Bigham

If only she could carry seven Classes worth of books to avoid The lockers where he waited To grab her while the others Snuffled and his girlfriend Apologized for his behavior But no one stopped to help Arriving at a party that was Supposed to be fun where a row Of grown boys in khakis … Continue reading There Is Strength in Our Stories: Over her shoulder – Sarah Bigham

HERETICS, LOVERS, AND MADMEN NOW RECRUITING CORE MEMBERS AND ACCEPTING FEATURED SUBMISSIONS

Kindra M. Austin, Nicole Lyons, and Christine E. Ray are known in the indie writing world for their love of cutting edge literature, telling hard truths, and their support of emerging writing voices.  These veterans of various writing collectives and small independent presses dreamed of an online writing community that encouraged them to embrace their dark … Continue reading HERETICS, LOVERS, AND MADMEN NOW RECRUITING CORE MEMBERS AND ACCEPTING FEATURED SUBMISSIONS