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Alexandra Umlas is author of At the Table of the Unknown (Moon Tide Press). She won first place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest, and serves as a reader for Palette Poetry. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from California State University, Long Beach and an M.Ed. in Cross-cultural Education. Born in Long Beach, CA she currently lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and two daughters. Visit her on the web at www.alexandraumlas.com
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Alexandra Umlas and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Mummies of the World Exhibit
Angele Ellis won third place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway Contest with her poem "Bloodchild". She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems earned a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Spared, (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and Under the Kaufmann’s Clock (Six Gallery), a hybrid poetry-fiction tribute to her adopted city of Pittsburgh, with photographs by Rebecca Clever.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Angele Ellis and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
We Had No Name for It
just stories / whispered woman to woman
i think of the world’s disbelief / the rape kits unread
it rumbles like a night train / across the years / you’re so young
A Disaster (But It Could Have Been Worse)
Sometimes we burn our own lives down,
It could have been worse. It could have ended in bed,
you said you loved me in that restaurant just torched
In Pittsburgh: March 22, 2019
……….……….……….……….……….For Antwon Rose, 2001-2018
These helicopters aren’t rescuers,
split the skin of Penn Avenue.
cut down in the bloom of youth,
on firing is free on all counts, except
wound beneath the blades that tear
Debbie Hall is a psychologist and writer whose poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including the San Diego Poetry Annual, Serving House Journal, Sixfold, Poets Reading the News, Poetry24, Bird’s Thumb, Califragile, Gyroscope Review and Hawaii Pacific Review. She received an honorable mention in the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize and won second place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway contest. Debbie is the author of the poetry collection, What Light I Have (2018, Main Street Rag Books). Her chapbook, Falling Into The River, won third place in The 2019 Poetry Box Chapbook Prize and will be published this upcoming winter.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Debbie Hall and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Baby Rattler Coiled Between the Bookcases
Why didn’t you strike
San Diego Poetry Annual, 2016-2017,
Sculpture Under A Bridge
Each figure climbs atop the other
They reach through cracks in the road
Here a muscled figure pulls a ghost
Wooden boards form the outline
No weeds grow in this small plot.
Eva Esther Nunez, someone’s daughter.
Luis Angel Veron, someone’s son.
Rosa Dalia Herrera, someone’s mother.
The travelers stand still, feeling
The signs shudder in a sudden breeze.
What Light I Have, Debbie Hall, 2018
He is talking with great intensity
Here in front of me—in my memory—
Hoover is his favorite brand.
His grandmother cares for him
She loves him, but is plumb out of ideas
when we extend our dialogue
When I tell his grandmother
Jayden’s school does not take as kindly
and has us conned. It took two weeks
to finish talking about his time-outs
of my face, almost touching my nose.
“Missing Jayden” was first published in Sixfold in 2016 and