Howdy! Didn’t think we’d make it, did ya? Well, here we are—two and a half months late. And what a journey it’s been! Dylan and I thought up Fish Barrel back in May after a guest speaker came to our high school and encouraged us to start our own lit journal because why the hell […]


gone before the solstice / past tense pastoral [about] Adelina Rose Gowans is a 17-year-old second-generation Costa Rican/Honduran-American writer and artist. Currently, she’s a senior at the South Carolina Governor’s School For the Arts and Humanities, where she studies creative writing. She’s also a 2020 YoungArts Winner in Writing, the first place winner in the […]


SHH, IT’S A SECRET [about] Sophia Durose is a twenty-one year old writer, ex-circus performer, and avid pug lover from Florida (unfortunately), now living in Philadelphia (fortunately). Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as “Rainy Day Magazine,” “Revelry,” “The Same,” “Contemporary American Voices,” “National Poetry Magazine,” “The American Library of Poetry,” and “Apricity.” […]


Once Strawberry Season Comes In a three-star hotel ten miles from the Mall of America, Nathan and I sit on opposite sides of the bed with our backs to each other. I’m wearing lingerie. On the wall in front of me is a pair of square paintings, each with a pale yellow background and a […]


The Jacket [about] Alyssa Wilson is a senior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities as a creative writing student. Their work has not been published before, but their work in poetry has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and their work in nonfiction has been recognized by […]


Spring Cleaning Two certificates of psychology from DePaul,banged up and weighed down by the TV remote.Balled up Alice Cooper t-shirt stinking with sweaton the couch, watching Lithuania scoreagainst New Zealand. Wine stainson nearly everything: the couch’s red leather,white carpet, cushions and magazines.Over it all an egg smell, overcooking,or just a man. Cat slippingover loose door […]


Everyone I’ve Danced With Is Dead. [about] Mamie Morgan lives in the woods with her husband and their two pitbulls, Henrietta Modine and Wednesday Stewart. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Washington Square Review, Nimrod, Glass, The Oxford American, Yemassee, Smartish Pace, Muzzle, Four Way Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Yalobusha Review, […]


Barbara La Marr Shatters a Wine Glass Then blames the dish towelWhose horse pattern zapped her back To the night Peter whisked herAway to an alter in Mexico, Let hooves beating desert groundBe the only sound before I do. Still born words, really. You see,Two days before the wedding, Barb entered room 304, dress in […]


Fox and Its Frequencies Red as sauce stain on a sleeve,face pinched like someoneunglad to meet you,it curls this afternoonon the neighbor’s picnictable, beside playhousefor the daughternow off to school.Like her it checks in infrequentlyraising its puppet headin fussy nonchalance,chaperone. It ought tohave a necktieand a spread collarto live among us so easily,the barn is […]


The Kitchen [about] Eliana Herman is a 24 year-old living in Chicago, working (remotely) on the helpline at the Alzheimer’s Association, and trying to squeeze in whatever time she can to write. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a degree in Anthropology and two minors; in Creative Writing and in Environmental […]


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