Divinia Shorter is a Towson University graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Studies and minor in Creative Writing. Published in Grub Street, her poem “Mixed Sestina” won first place in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s national competition for closed (traditional) form poetry. A writer of many forms, Shorter spent much of her time working in and
In his sixth poetry collection, Dear Almost, Matthew Thorburn tries to answer the question, “How do you grieve for someone you never knew?” If you were to compare the force of his words to nature, they would be a stream instead of a river. Using soft-spoken language and a controlled, syllabic free verse, Thorburn takes
By Charlotte Smith, 2018-19 Web Director and Assistant Director of Social Media I have often said that I think that literary magazines are very indicative of their time. I enjoy reading old issues and have been known to grab many at a time from The Book Thing of Baltimore. I recently read the summer 2008
by Talore Bishop, 2018-19 Baltimore editor and co-director of social media Losing my best friend after high school was a significant moment in my life. We had been friends since the second grade. We knew each other inside and out. I confided in her, and she confided in me. We were more than best friends.
by Leah Bradford, 2018-19 Assistant Fiction Editor Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo live in a poor neighborhood in Naples in Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. They crave knowledge through a formal education, but they do not understand the structure of academia. They do not know what middle school is. Lila’s parents cannot afford it; she
by Tricia Nichols, 2018-19 Blog Editor McClure’s Magazine is a defunct literary magazine that ran from 1893 to 1929. It was very highly regarded and influential during its time, commonly known for “launching the ‘muckraking’ era in American journalism” (The Modernist Journal Project). Muckraking, an act of publishing pieces that speak out against social and