Simone Muench

Simone Muench is Associate Professor and Director of Track Three at Lewis University, and regularly teaches Introduction to Poetry, Creative Writing and Film courses. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of four full-length poetry collections, as well as several chapbooks and collaborative projects. A former editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), she is now an editor for Sharkforum and faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review; additionally, she serves on the advisory boards of Switchback Books and UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2000 and 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a VSC Fellowship, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, the PSA's Fine Lines Contest, the Charles Goodnow Award, the PSA's Bright Lights/Big Verse Contest, and others.

the river girl (starring amy l)

Sounds of her pregnancy in the other room. Odor of damp wigs and the body's brachial splintering. Her eyes full of thread, dark as seaweed. In this light, she is aspen wood; her belly, wing-withered. The river settles in her …

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the aperture (starring mackenzie c)

flash-faced. her spine spun honey. shunt sugar & dagger. pulp & placenta. there in photographs are footprints that lead to a window, a green fog vista, trampled by atmosphere. heavy with ears. gypsum lines the driveway where houses replicate themselves. …

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a bestiary (starring jackie w)

In a tongue-snap sky, waxwings unspool over the plains. He was a whisper, she was Nebraska. Her hands pepperweed, pebble, pearl, pearl, so tone-smooth. Her mouth speaks, a red canary to a dime cigar. Spittle sheen. There are worse things …

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