Author Archives: Abbie Lahmers

Poetry from Paige Sullivan

PS headshot

On Paige Sullivan:

Paige Sullivan earned her MFA at Georgia State University, where she also served on the staffs of Five Points and New South. In addition to publishing book reviews and essays, her poetry has appeared or will soon appear in Ninth Letter, Tampa Review, American Literary Review, and other journals. She lives in Atlanta, where she manages marketing and communications for a nonprofit in the city center.

A Genealogy of Women

Upcoming in Issue 35

Mom gave the sex talk in unplanned installments:
over coneys and Cokes in the minivan, parked at Sonic;
through the window while pumping gas at the Shell station;
between puffs of her Virginia Slims at the kitchen table.

As kids, she and her siblings slept while Gramma snuck out—
an affair with the local preacher leading to a marriage
everyone hated. Years later, I watched Mom slow dance
in the living room with my stepdad’s work friend, who

never left his wife, who stopped answering Mom’s calls.
Now I’m supine with my legs quaking and open, socked feet,
bare thighs, the modesty of my shirt and bra still on.
The nurse must be a mom: she asks me about school, if I can

recite a poem for her. The speculum cracks me, pushes out
the words The way a crow / Shook down on me / The dust of snow—
She calmly talks me through the exam to fill the quiet, to cover up
what I don’t say: that my Mom was always a hopeless romantic,

that I might be the same kind of foolish, that I feel mangrove roots
of wishful thinking winding and tangling through my blood.

Get your Copy of Issue 34!

Issue 34 just arrived, and we’re excited to show it to you! This issue features the Unclassifiable winner, Emily Wolahan, as well as a couple of finalists from the contest. If you’re interested in submitting to the Unclassifiable Contest next month, this would be a great issue to check out for some inspiration. It also arrived just in time for National Poetry Month. Our standard issue size wasn’t big enough to fit all the great poetry that landed on our desk, so it’s a little longer than our past issues! You can order it online in print or digital formats at the Arts & Letters Exchange.

We’re not the only ones who think it’s great, either–and we can assure you our managing editor’s cat has great taste in books.


Issue 34


Spring 2017
Order Online

Digital Issue


Richard Downing
History Fold #5: John Cage Plays at the Bull’s Head

Linda McCullough Moore

Jackson Bliss
Living in the Future

Megan Giddings


John Sibley Williams
So Let the Stories We Live by Slacken

Richard Widerkehr
At Akumal: Water Ain’t Water, He Said
At The Grace Cafe
Hansel and Gretel: The Witch Speaks

Jared Harél
Father of Daughters
A Commercial Looping on Sports Radio

Sheila Sanderson
Inside a Walled City of Transylvania

Adam Tavel
Nero’s Torches

Bruce Bond

Kathleen McGookey
In Paris

Theresa D. Smith

Gregory Fraser
The End of Summer

Cyrus Cassells

Peter Schireson
Immigration Policy

Creative Nonfiction

Cate Hodorowicz
Chasing Rabbits

Frances Park
Love in Yiddish


Emily Wolahan
The Direct Account of Frank Thomas

Kirsten Imani Kasai
A Snail Without its Shell is a Slug

Erik Hoel
Higher Education

Peter Selgin
Creative Nonfiction Editor

Peter Selgin
Fiction Editors
Kerry Neville and Allen Gee
Poetry Editor
Cecilia Woloch
Managing Editor
Abbie Lahmers
Assistant Managing Editor
Alexandra McLaughlin
Assistant Editors
Isabel Acevedo
Penny Dearmin
Danielle DiCenzo
Georgia Knapp
Michael McClelland
Ernestine Montoya
Ian Sargent
Roe Sellers