Acting Lessons

Midwest native John Lehman recollects and explores his life encounters in Acting Lessons, the newest chapbook in the Parallel Press series. Lehman ponders his past by intertwining his passion for […]

In the Silence of the Migrated Birds

Austin Smith was born in 1982 and grew up on a family dairy farm north of Freeport, Illinois. He still considers the Midwest his home, despite travels and sojourns in […]

Kamikaze Commotion

Cathryn’s work can be found in Prairie Schooner, Laurel Review, Phoebe, MARGIE, Slipstream, Nerve Cowboy, and many others. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, the Jade Ring, […]


In his recent review of Thomas R. Smith’s chapbook Kinnickinnic for Verse Wisconsin, B.J. Best writes that Smith “imbues the natural world with both power and mortality, and we, as […]

The Choreographer of Raindrops

Carl Lindner is emeritus professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he taught courses in American literature, creative writing (poetry), and composition from 1969 through 2007. He has […]

We Nod Our Dark Heads

Driven by the twin muses of confessional poetry and theatre from a young age, Lisa Marie Brodsky grew up in Chicago and received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Loyola […]