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What We’re About

This is a journal committed to diverse voices, an accessible journal, a journal for everyone. We’re interested in the work you’re producing--not where you’ve been published before. Our passion lies in giving readers a place to find exciting new work that inspires, stirs, surprises, and sparks the empathetic imagination.

Our origin story

Wendy Wallace and Bess Cooley met at the MFA program at Purdue University and bonded over Scotch and good writing. They both worked on Sycamore Review, Wendy as fiction editor and Bess as managing editor. In the summer of 2018, they decided to work together to create an online journal full of fresh and exciting poetry and prose.

about the editors

Wendy Elizabeth Wallace grew up in Buffalo, New York, and will talk about it for hours if you let her. Currently, she teaches English at the University of Bridgeport, and writes when her dog is not demanding walks. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in journals such as The MacGuffin, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Carolina Quarterly, and Gravel. She received an MFA in Fiction from Purdue University and an MA in Literature from Bucknell University.

Bess Cooley won the 2017 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, and her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, and Ruminate among other journals. Educated at Knox College and Purdue University’s MFA program, she currently  lives in Knoxville and teaches at the University of Tennessee.