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And Our Pushcart Prize Nominees Are…

Just in the nick of time, we’ve mailed our nominations for this year’s prestigious Pushcart Prize, which will honor literary works published in 2015 by little magazines & small presses throughout the world.

And our nominees are (in order of appearance):

“The Rud Yard” – short fiction by Vajra Chandrasekera
“She Used to be on a Milk Carton” – poetry by Kailey Tedesco
“The David Foster Wallace Empathy Contest” – short fiction by Wm. Samuel Bradford
“Spanish Donkey / Pear of Anguish” – poetry by Jessie Janeshek
“the things that are left behind” – poetry by Joyce Chong
“Ewart” – short fiction by Michael Díaz Feito

Congratulations & best of luck to our nominees– and thank you all for contributing your phenomenal work to our weird little zine.

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“She Used to Be on a Milk Carton” – Poetry by Kailey Tedesco

Girls in the Surf With Moon Casting a Shadow - Joan Brown, 1962
Girls in the Surf With Moon Casting a Shadow – Joan Brown, 1962

“She Used to Be on a Milk Carton” is one of two wonderfully surreal poems by Kailey Tedesco featured in our Spring 2015 issue.

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SOMETIMES I TALK TO A GIRL WHO HAS THE MOON STUCK
between her teeth like the wedge of an orange.

This girl is all moon, I think – when she moves
the ocean is clearer in my conch shell.

There were only stars where she was and when
asked where she belongs and she says anywhere

but the sky and that she misses
her pearls: Where are they?

She was pleased when I handed her a costume
strand, but it made her look even more moony.

At night, I see her waning, and constellations
could skitter to the planet with a single tug.

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Headshot UpdateKAILEY TEDESCO is currently enrolled in Arcadia University’s MFA in Poetry program. She edits for Lehigh Valley Vanguard and Marathon Literary Magazine, while also teaching eighth grade English. A long-time flapper at heart, Kailey enjoys hanging out  in speakeasies, cemeteries, and abandoned amusement parks for all of her poetic inspiration. She is a resident poet of the aforementioned LVV, and her work has been featured in Boston Poetry Magazine and Jersey Devil Press