These 60 poets and writers will transform the way you view the world. Their inspirations range from an ancient Persian stew to Chekhov to present-day piercings. The variety of work is as classical as the centuries-old haiku, as experimental as a bedroom that grows, as lyrical as the Joycean rush of a memoir in 1/60th-of-a-second sentence fragments.
Carolyne Wright (1st Place and Pushcart nominee), Leslie Anne Mcilroy (Runner-Up), Jeffrey Alfier, Kelli Allen, Tina Barry, Sheryl Clough, Elizabeth Garcia, Lynn Geri (Pushcart nominee), Deborah Guzzi, Alex Andrew Hughes, Eve Jones, Gloria Keeley, Craig Kurtz, Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Shahé Mankerian, Ivan de Monbrison, Jenneh Montgomery, Keith Moul, Shannon Nakai, Jeremiah O’Hagan, S.E. Page, Tim Phillippart, Nola Propst, Catherine Rankovic, Cynthia A. Roby, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Ciara Shuttleworth, Steven Ray Smith, David Stallings, Jacob Trask, Bill Waters, Michael Dylan Welch, Laura Madeline Wiseman
Afia Atakora (1st Place and Pushcart nominee), Joseph Saling (Runner-Up), Michael Allard, Evan Guilford-Blake, Stephanie Hutton, Stephen Malloy, Bob Shar, Stan Lee Werlin
Jessica Conoley (1st Place), Debra Burks Hori (Runner-Up and Pushcart nominee), Laura Bernstein-Machley, Sarah Bigham, Sarina Bosco, Leone Brander, Heather Durham, Rebecca Ruth Gould, Heather Heckman-McKenna, Janet Parsons Mackey, Valerie Marcley, D. Margo, Amanda Canupp Mendoza, Chido Muchemwa, Kathryn Paulsen, Michael Farrell Smith (Pushcart nominee), Jessica Wedemeyer, Sarah Wolfgang, Jennifer Young
COVER CONTEST WINNER: Christy Sheffield Sanford
EDITORIAL TEAM: Mary Bast (Editor-in-Chief), Susie Baxter (Associate Editor), Mary Bridgman (Managing Editor), U.R. Bowie (Fiction Editor), Kaye Linden (Poetry Editor), Rick Sapp (Creative Nonfiction Editor)