Issue 6. Spring 2014.

Cover. Table of Contents.

Online Features.


First Light by Louise LeBourgeois

Backstage #3 by Anna Oneglia

Elegy by Bonnie Sklarski




Aleida Rodríguez is a poet, essayist, and artist born on a kitchen table in a rural town south of Havana, Cuba. Her first book of poems, Garden of Exile, won both the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and the PEN Center USA West Liter-ary Award, and was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. She has received many awards, including an NEA fellowship, and lives in a historic house on Red Hill in Los Angeles, where she writes, edits, and translates. This is a section from a longer poem titled “California Pastoral.”

Nathaniel Figueroa, a creative writing student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is originally from Sacramento, California. He still plays violin as much as possible, and also immensely enjoys house music nowadays. He credits his love of reading and writing to his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Carol Walker, who used to have everyone in the class start a story then pass it to the person behind them to continue it. He has an incredibly supportive mother and father and a thirteen-year-old brother who is one of the foremost authorities on all things Marvel.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including his most recent novel Purity.  He has published three volumes of nonfiction, a translation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, and, The Kraus Project, an essay and memoir in the form of annotations to his translations of the Austrian satirist Karl Kraus.