Author Archives: Faith Thompson

Unclassifiable Contest 2017 Winner and Finalists!

Our Unclassifiable Contest has ended, and a winner has been chosen by our judge, Michael Martone!


Shawndra Miller, “Bleeding the Butterfly”

Jolene McIlwain, “In All This Rain”
Julie Fisher, “Family Portrait with Trees”
Ted Mathys, “Ring Cycle”
Christina Olson, “The Pain Museum”
Brian Whalen, “Living Archive”

Martone writes of “Bleeding the Butterfly,” this year’s winner, “I always like when a piece of writing organically connects its content with form. Here, we have not so much a collage but more a delicate dancing decoupage of compositional bursts, mapping the bifurcated branches of consciousness and the unconscious, madness and sanity. The prose, dare I say, flits. It moves and darts, and its bleeding is arterial with its syncopated beats and repeats. I was impressed by the mess of it, the ordered disorder that replicates the subject at hand. That is to say: how does the mind think about itself? Answer: with such mirrors of reflection, with such surprising metamorphosis, with such delicate but startling beats of papillae, of Lepidoptera, of cocoon, of nymph—all the same old same old and yet remarkably different.”

Thank you to all those who submitted, for stretching our minds and engaging our imaginations! We hope to see your work again next year!

Issue 35 Has Arrived!

Issue 35 is out and we are eager to share it with you!

In this autumnal issue we are featuring the winner of the Rumi Prize for Poetry, George Looney; the winner of the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, Leslie Kirk Campbell; and the winner of the Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction, Courtney Zoffness. Come check out their work and the work of our other fine contributors! You can order your copy online in print or digital formats at the Arts & Letters Exchange.

This fall, Arts & Letters is all about triangles!


If you’ve already read Issue 35, and you’re feeling inspired, remember that we are currently open for general submissions!

Issue 35


Fall 2017
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Leslie Kirk Campbell
The Tasmanians

Leslie Pietrzyk
People Love A View

Marlene Olin
Up Down Walls

Ivan Himanen
The Architect Gets Grandfathered


George Looney
Using What Light There Is
Translations in Coal Dust
It Isn’t Always Classical

Carine Topal

Paige Sullivan
A Genealogy of Women

Sophia Galifianakis
In My Mother’s Kitchen

Robert Gibb
Deer Season

Kevin Cantwell
One Thousand Sheets of Rice Paper

Dante Di Stefano
Stump Speech
The Bronx Pyramid

Creative Nonfiction

Courtney Zoffness
It May All End in Aleppo

David Rompf
False Vertigo

Michael Levan

Flash Fiction

Andrew C. Gottlieb
The Naturalist

Lisa Lenzo
Note to the New Owners

Laura Newbern
Creative Nonfiction Editor

Peter Selgin
Fiction Editors
Kerry Neville and Allen Gee
Poetry Editor
Laura Newbern
Managing Editors
Abbie Lahmers and Faith Thompson
Assistant Editors
Isabel Acevedo
Brittany Barron
Morgan Coyner
Pooja Desai
Leah Kuenzi
Ernestine Montoya
Roe Sellers