Consenting to the Emergency by J’Lyn Chapman
How My Father Changed Northern Minnesota by Lennie Hay
On Nights When I Am Motherless by Sarah Escue
The Road Home by Lindsay Stewart
flow grasses by Ivy Walker
The Ungardening by Sarah Escue
A Return of Home by Whitney H.B
What the Potato Gave Roger by Brice Maiurro
A Lifetime’s Work by kaleb worst
What It’s Like To Know You Now by Lindsay Stewart
Untitled by sarra jahedi
Poverty: Home I-III by Rachel E. Diken
Omward Bound by Travis Newbill
Should It Pass by Nessa Meadows
Fire by Lindsay Stewart
Untitled by sarra jahedi
Dear Ink Coffee on Larimer by Kristiane K. Weeks-Rogers
Dismantling the Machine by Fēnix Grace
Malignancy by Lennie Hay
People Gonna Say by Nessa Meadows
Untitled by sarra jahedi
scanning for evidence by Samantha Albala
I Wish I Could Hum Your Sugar Square by Natalie Earnhart
Minesweeper by Emily Duffy
Cover art and design by Sarah Escue.
Back cover art by Ryan Mihaly.
At Home, In the Body by stina french
Denver Homelessness Action Plan by Brantley Weeks
Print & Online Contributor Bios
J’Lyn Chapman grew up and currently lives in Colorado. She is the author of Beastlife, published by Calamari Press in 2016. The digital chapbook, “A Thing of Shreds and Patches,” was a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest. Essay Press also published the interview chapbook, “The Form Our Curiosity Takes.” Additional work can be found in Conjunctions, Zone 3, DIAGRAM, Fence Magazine, Denver Quarterly, Two Serious Ladies, and Caketrain. She teaches at Naropa University.
After working in public education full-time and writing part-time, Lennie Hay now pursues writing poetry with few distractions. She draws on her background in music, her immigrant family history, and an alarmingly discordant world as subjects. Lennie is a student in the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She lives in Indian Shores, Florida and Louisville, Kentucky.
Rachel E. Diken is a poet and playwright whose work appears in Cultural Weekly, december, Local Knowledge, and a production of The American Poetry Theater, among others. She writes a theatre column at The Atticus Review and a daily haiku via Twitter @haikuavenue. Visit www.rachelediken.com.
Sarah Escue is a poet, artist, and editor in Colorado. Her work appears in DIAGRAM, Dialogist, Lullwater Review, Permafrost Magazine, Wildness, and Atticus Review, among others. Her chapbook Bruised Gospel is forthcoming from dancing girl press. You can visit her website at sarahescue.com.
Ivy Walker is currently studying at Naropa University in the Master’s of Ecopsychology program. In 2015, she graduated from Earth Based Institute in the Nature Connected Coaching program. As a professional life coach, she blends transformational wilderness guiding with artmaking in the landscape. Ivy also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. You can see more of her work at ivywalker.com.
kaleb worst is a Minneapolis-based poet currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Naropa. Known as “The Manager of Verse” by no one, he has written several chapbooks and cultivates a poetry blog A Vicious Square. His first book, Bad Poetry. was published through Emerson College’s Undergraduate Students for Publishing Club in 2012. He spends his time playing DOTA 2 and falling constantly in love.
Brice Maiurro is a poet from Denver, Colorado. His poetry has been featured by The Denver Post, The Lune, Birdy Magazine and on The Denver Poetry Map. His debut collection of poems, Stupid Flowers, was published by Punch Drunk Press in 2017. He is the host of the monthly poetry series Punketry! at Mutiny Information Cafe.
Kristiane Weeks-Rogers grew up around Lake Michigan and earned her higher education degrees in Florida and Indiana. She is currently earning her MFA as a graduate student and instructor at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado. She is the 2nd place winner of Casa Cultural de las Americas and University of Houston’s inaugural Poetic Bridges contest, with a chap collection forthcoming. Her work has been featured in Pacific Review, Chagrin River Review, The Well Written Woman, Torrid Literature Journal, and others. She enjoys hiking, creating, painting, and drinking coffee and libations around the Rocky Mountains while discovering what ghosts really are.
Lindsay Stewart is from Glen Ellen, California and has lived there most of her life. Her second home is San Diego, where she attended college at the University of San Diego, earning her bachelor’s degree in English and her teaching credential. She currently lives in Glen Ellen and works for an educational software company. She plans to return to San Diego next year to get her master’s in American Literature. Lindsay primarily writes poetry but has an interest in non-fiction as well. Her work has previously been featured in the Alcala Review.
Samantha Albala studied writing from the lineage of the Beat Generation at Naropa University, and the Lost Generation in Dorf Tirol, Italy, at Brunnenburg Castle. She is constantly hunting for the best view of the horizon, while scribbling poems in the margins of each day.
Whitney Harris is an artist and art therapist in the Denver/Boulder area who believes in the healing power of creative expression. She submerges herself in poetry, painting and other art forms to form a deeper connection to herself and others while exploring the muse. Find Whitney at @whitneybethbot on Instagram to learn more about her art endeavors.
Emily Duffy is the space between snooze and the next alarm. A kaleidoscope of radical softness, vulnerability, feminine strength, and play feeds her poetics, pedagogy, and outreach work. As a second-year MFA student at the Jack Kerouac School, she consults in the Naropa Writing Center and teaches an undergraduate writing seminar. Her creative work has appeared in The Lantern, Aux./Vox., BEATS: A Naropan Periodical and Iron Horse Literary Review. She performs as Agent Sauvage with Boulder Burlesque and is the editor and publisher of Tooth n Nail: practical advice from and for the everywoman.
stina french has featured at the F-Bomb, At The Inkwell, and the Running of the Gays, and her work has appeared in Punch Drunk Press and on the podcast Witchcraftsy. She squeals like a pig and she means it. Find her on Facebook at Stina French, Ink or at Voicing the Body: Mistress Immaculate’s Blog, where you can read snippets of her work and her insights on the domestic life of a polyamorous, kink-oriented mother, writer, and educator at http://mistressimmaculate.blogspot.com/.
Brantley Weeks is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s program towards Information Technology while specializing in Organizational Leadership. He moved to Colorado 3 years ago after living 25 years of his life in South Bend, IN. The “Denver Homeless Action Plan” came from a portfolio paper that was to be submitted towards a Public Health course. On homelessness Brantley says, “I see the massive amounts of homelessness, not just in Denver but throughout Colorado and I really believe that there is much more that we can be doing to help get people in need.”
Natalie Earnhart is an MFA student in the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. She recently moved to Colorado from San Diego ,CA and is relieved that she doesn’t have to deal with sand in her shoes anymore. Her work has appeared in Similar Peaks Press, Madwoman etc., and the Alcala Review. She founded a lit journal at the University of San Diego and besides her incredible ability to karaoke rap songs, it’s the coolest thing she’s ever done. She also currently loves “No Rain” from Blind Melon as she’s sure it’s the only song they’ve ever written. Right?
Travis Newbill is an MFA student in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. In addition to being a student of poetry, he is a singer-songwriter, and student of ikebana. His music and blogging can be found at travisnewbill.com.
Fēnix Grace is a writer, ritual artist, somatic tracker, and group facilitator. They are currently obsessed with ecologies of queerness, dismantling toxic “white-ness”, remembering ancestral secrets, and making sexy/sacred sounds. Follow them here: visionsfromgrace.blogspot.com
Ryan Mihaly has called a number of streets “home,” including Summerberry Circle, Highland Avenue, Portland Place, Coachmans Run, and at least one windy street without a name in Tokyo.
Bridge House offers a range of opportunities for homeless men and women and low income adults. Their program focuses on helping those in need with basic needs such as bus fare, prescription medication, as well as job placement (boulderbridgehouse.org). They even have a nightly meals at their Community Table dinner program. Their main goal is to give those a “bridge” out of homelessness. This program is unique in that it provides job training and placement in different areas. As they stated on their website: “Bridge House’s mission is to address immediate survival needs of homeless and low income individuals and provide resources which lead to employment, housing, personal stability and healing.” Addressing the the common issues that cause homelessness helps to create a more stable community. The Ready to Work Program offers 44 men and women housing for one year while training them in either sanitation, landscaping, or culinary arts. Community Table Kitchen helps to provide meals for the homeless and serves as training sites for the culinary program. In 2016, they partnered with Naropa University to have 3 cafes on the different campuses providing permanent job sites. The employees are ready to work graduates along with a few training positions. By providing people with what they need to get back on their feet, people who seek out Bridge House find themselves to be independent people again after utilizing the resources Bridge House has to offer. If you or someone you know could use these services, please check out BoulderBridgehouse.org for information and resources available to the Boulder Community.
According to the statistics on the Boulder Bridge House Website, 726 people were counted homeless on a given night. As of 2016, 1,800 people had sought out their services. They are also completely transparent and offer all of their tax return documents on their site.