06 Rejection

Poem Alisha by Karla Lamb, Illustration by Shoshanna Weinberger

Poem: Alisha by Karla Lamb

Karla Lamb earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from GVSU, where she served as a poetry copy-editor for Fishladder and a contributor for INwriting newsletter. Her poetry has appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper, Neon Lung and two issues of Runaway Hotel. Her poem “Dear Father” was recently anthologized in Voices from the Attic Volume XIX. She is currently enrolled in Carlow University’s Creative Writing MFA program. She curates DOUBLE MIR OR Exhibit, while attending workshops, readings and collaborating with other artists and writers in Pittsburgh.

Kelli Russell Agodon, Ode to Pluto

Poem: Ode to Pluto by Kelli Russell Agodon

I keep hoping for a reinstatement, for Pluto to return to the end of the line of planets, the period, the punctuation of the galaxy. It wasn’t so long ago, we were planetary, a speck of dark matter floating around the Milky Way, our parents’ universe.

Margherita Urbani: Over and Over, Rejection

Over and Over by Margherita Urbani

Margherita Urbani is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director. She was born and received her education in Italy before moving to the States in 2008. Her comics have been published in The New York Times, IL Magazine, Apartamento Magazine and others.

Carolyn Castiglia and Lane Moore, Hurt Until It Laughs

Hurt Until It Laughs

For comedians Carolyn Castiglia and Lane Moore, painful topics mean opportunities for entertainment and connection.

Gillian Zinser Psychogenic Fugue Remember Who I Am

Gillian Zinser’s Psychogenic Fugue

In certain circles, Gillian Zinser is best known for her role as Ivy Sullivan in the recent spin-off of Darren Star’s “90210.” But to us, Zinser is a photographic storyteller whose dream-like images move us out of the ordinary and into the surreal.

Rejected by the World: Refugee Journey

Rejected by the World: A Refugee’s Journey

The war that has so far claimed over a quarter million Syrian lives, including those of 30,000 children, has also displaced Thair and his entire family, disrupted his studies, and left the recent university graduate feeling squeezed out of the successful future he had long imagined and worked hard to achieve.