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Why I Tackled a Drunk Man for Money: A Survey of Four Yelp Reviews by Rachel Dows

Visual art by Sara Sage     I. “The bathrooms are the smallest room you have ever seen. The toilet is very low and the paper is very high. Unless you’re tall and skinny, hold it.” –Melanie S.   In Fell’s Point, a tourist-trap neighborhood pulsing foot traffic through Baltimore, the major appeal of each […]

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Visitors by Philip Arnold

      Along my worktable in the basement, over a clutter of tools and copper pipe fittings, the skin of a snake stretches several feet. Following the quick-handed twitch of instinct, I glide my fingers over it. There is no weight to it. More void than material, the hollow of its form offers an […]

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Review: Scatterplot by David Koehn

Reviewed by Von Wise Visual art by Tom Jessen    A week or so before most of the world shut down due to a global pandemic, I walked through San Antonio, a city I was visiting for a literary conference and that was at the time in a “state of disaster.” Those were the early […]

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Issue 24 Contributors

Jan Beatty‘s work has been published in Poetry, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best American Poetry, BuzzFeed, and Cherry Tree, with poems forthcoming in Pleiades and New England Review. My fifth book, Jackknife: New and Selected Poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and won the 2018 Paterson Prize. She recently won the […]

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Girl Western

Clayton, Idaho   I scale up the wolf-bones of the hill where no one’s been, look out toward mine road, pick-ups, blue river. (I’m only saying   what I see. Trying to be better.) I take my body through paces, then do it all backward. Go to town, shake down the man-poet for coins   […]

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Telemetry

Centennial is the perfect name for the mountains— a silver word, like the silver radar dome on the peak, little sentinel. The vintage Books of Mormon on the cabin’s shelf have seen no white winters, shuttered in the dark as they are— only heard the snow settle on the roof,  the soft crush of footfalls […]

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Submissions

Guidelines: Gulf Stream accepts submissions of fiction (flash and short stories), non-fiction, poetry, artwork and graphic narratives. Visit our Submittable page for specific guidelines and format. Submissions must be previously unpublished. You may submit work in multiple genres, but use separate submissions for each genre and limit your submissions to one per genre. Please do […]

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Online Issue #15

Online #15 Fiction “Figure Eights” by Jennifer Stern “People in Hell Just Want to Spin the Big Wheel” by Mike Salisbury “The Putin Resurrections” by Ree Davis Non-fiction “The Hackamore” by Vanya Erickson “Crimping the Edge” by Arielle Silver “A Sparrow in the Wind” by Christine Holmstrom Poetry “The Same Thing” by John Sibley Williams […]

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Interview with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Gulf Stream’s Editor-in-Chief, Miguel Pichardo, sat down to talk craft, conspiracy, and staying versatile with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the delightfully strange and insanely popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast. Set in the surreal desert town of Night Vale, the podcast is a local radio show where a silky-voiced host keeps listeners […]

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Figure Eights

Upstairs, past midnight, when the pager quiets and the hallway lights are dimmed and the nurses’ stations take on the hush of night, Yael—my Yael—comes to visit.  She’s in her scrubs, and tiny biceps protrude from her short sleeves.  We’re up on the top floor of the hospital where the couches are arranged in pods […]