Annette Sisson’s poems are published in Valparaiso PR, Birmingham PR, Rust+Moth, Lascaux Review, Cider PR, Glassworks, Aeolian Harp Anthology, and others. Her first book Small Fish in High Branches was published by Glass Lyre (5/22), and she is finishing her second, Winter Sharp with Apples. Her poems have placed in Frontier New Voices, The Fish Anthology, and others; in 2023, two have been nominated for The Pushcart and one for Best of the Net.

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Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. Her poetry has been translated into several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Hungarian. Collections have been published in China, Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, and the UK. Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors.

Sick Day

Donna Harlan resides in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Her poetry collection Bench by the Pond was published in 2019, and her works have been featured in several publications.

Ohio Night

Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. Her passions are her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms.

Artwork by Autumn Foote.


By Jayesh Sharma I’ve gotten used to the scene I walk into: softened light illuminating a twin sized bed filled to the brim with stuffed

Interview with poet Kelly R. Samuels by Jane Newkirk

Kelly R. Samuels is the author of the full-length collection All the Time in the World (Kelsay Books) and two chapbooks: Words Some of Us Rarely Use and Zeena/Zenobia Speaks. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee with work appearing in The Massachusetts Review, Court Green and RHINO. She lives in the Upper Midwest.

Jane Newkirk serves as the poetry editor at Medmic. Her poems have appeared in Empty House Press, The Shore, Naugatuck River Review, The Night Heron Barks, Intima, and others. In 2019, her creative nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.

Three Poems by Dick Westheimer

Dick Westheimer lives in rural southwest Ohio. He is winner of the
2023 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, a Rattle Poetry Prize finalist, and a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or upcoming in Whale Road Review, Rattle, OneArt, Abandon Journal, Stone Poetry Quarterly, and Minyan. His chapbook, A Sword in Both Hands, Poems Responding to Russia’s War on Ukraine, is published by SheilaNaGig. More at

Two Poems by Peggy Shumaker

Peggy Shumaker’s upcoming book is called still water carving light (Red Hen Press). Her lyrical memoir Just Breathe Normally chronicles her recovery after a life-changing wreck. She is deeply grateful to the doctors, nurses, techs, and staff whose care allowed her to heal and thrive.


By Alexander Antigua Made

Alex is a third-year medical student at the Burnett School of Medicine at Texas Christian University. He plans to specialize in Diagnostic Radiology with interests in Breast, Pediatrics, and Interventional Radiology. In his spare time, he enjoys board games, movies, and reading.