Volume 6, Issue 1 is here!

The issue is available here as a PDF.

The optional theme is A Day That Changed Me.

Contributors: Stephen Barry, Susan P. Blevins, Heather M. Browne, JW Burns, R. J. Cardullo, Samantha Chasse, Ranjabali Chaudhuri, Susan Taylor Chehak, Jenny Coates, Mirana Comstock, Heather Cook, Margo Davis, Leslie Dianne, Kristin Kowalski Ferragut, MacGregor Frank, Tom Franken, Carolyn Geduld, Kathleen Gemmell, Brian Glaser, John Grey, Andrey Gritsman, Deborah Guzzi, Benjamin Harnett, Jack D. Harvey, Julia Hatch, Kevin Hogg, Zebulon Huset, Anthony Koranda, Lori Lipsky, Jeanne Lutz, Sean Lynch, Jennifer Makowsky, Delvon T. Mattingly, K. McGee, Bob McNeil, Rachel Medina, Cameron Morse, Louisa Muniz, Marianthi Papadim, Melanie Petrandis, Jenna Pini, John Raffetto, Robin Ray, Marguerite Maria Rivas, David Anthony Sam, Becca Saul, Joe Seale, John Sheirer, Adrian Slonaker, John L. Stanizzi, Wylie Strout, The Rotten Poets, Richard Weaver, Julie Weiss, Thomas Wells, and Bill Wolak.

Reviews: Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3 AM by Sarah Bigham, Slide to Unlock: Poems by Julie E. Bloemeke, Skeleton Parade by Mela Blust, a broken exit by Goirick Brahmachari, Escaped Housewife Tries Hard to Blend In by Karen Craigo, Emily as Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire by Darren C. Demaree, Here, We Bury the Hearts by Dom Fonce, Boys by Daniel Edward Moore, Verses of Realness by Bob McNeil, Love_Is_Love: An Anthology for LGBTQIA+ Teens edited by Emma Eden Ramos, and Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich.

The Magnolia Review Ink Award: Becca Saul, “Lines of Me,” chosen by David Anthony Sam.

The Rotten Poets

The Rotten Poets: “Rotten” is a collaborative poem written by Dr. Summer Qabazard’s Writing 102 class at Pima Community College, Northwest in Tucson, Arizona. We are “The Rotten Poets”: Alfred Betancourt, Victoria Combs, Talia Delgado, Kate Funk, Alexis Lopez, Abbey McGowan, Neo Northington, Summer Qabazard, Grace Stone, Gus Vazquez, and Taylor Williams. When we collaborated on this poem, one person started us off with the first line, then another person followed. After that, we stopped going in order and people started to contribute randomly. It was fun to build off other people’s ideas. It bonded us as a group. It also made it easier to write, since we could bounce ideas off everybody. Since we weren’t on our own, we didn’t ever stay stuck. Each person contributed at least a line. As we built and revised the poem, everyone had a say. We all listened to one another and respected our differences of opinion. We disagreed on some points but were able to reach a consensus peacefully every time.

Rotten, Volume 6, Issue 1