Between Here and There

Issue 29 (Fall 2021)

Deep in the Clouds by Charles Chau

Editorial

A pen-and-ink drawing of a wiry cartoon person standing in a sparsely furnished room. A large, messy blotch of black ink is to the right.

Between Here and There

by Kristin Gallagher This August, after three semesters of seeing other humans only through Zoom squares, I went back to campus and discovered just how difficult it is to recognize people who are wearing masks. Prior to returning, I had spent much of the last eighteen months looking exactly like the image in Standing In […]

Fiction

A watercolour painting with red, orange, brown and black horizontal paintbrush stripes.

Biscuits

 by Stephen Dean Ingram Eastern Kansas, 1974 “Ouch!” His forearm grazes the inside of the oven as he pulls out the baking sheet. On the sheet are ten hard brown disks. Nothing like the golden-topped flaky biscuits he remembers. He puts the baking sheet on top of the stove and watches them. They look like […]

This is an acrylic painting size 16x20 in mainly yellow and black colors. The girl holding the rabbit has a frightening yet stubborn look in her eyes. The rabbit also shows alarm. Darkness is closing in on them.

Preservation

by Christina Perez Brubaker Hanna hadn’t planned on taking the rabbits. It was one of those things that just sort of happened. An impulse her husband, Matthew, if he were still alive might’ve slapped her cheek for because according to him, nothing ever just-sort-of-happened. In a way, he’d be right. She’d been thinking about it […]

An abstract acrylic painting. It has a cloud like print with different shades of bright light blue, emerald green, a darker shade canary gold and a lighter shade banana gold.

The Fermi Paradox

by Courtney Clute Did you know that due to the trillions and trillions of stars and planets out in the universe, it’s mathematically certain that there is some sort of intelligent life out there? But why haven’t my kind come to Earth to get me? Every night when the moon pokes through the dark sky, […]

A colorful mixed media artwork depicting a chicken with a shopping cart approaching a fast food check serving window

The Burning

by Daniel M. Mendoza This past Sunday, the city announced a parade to celebrate the grand opening of Fanatics Hunting and Fishing Gear where Motherclucker’s Chicken Shack once operated before the incident residents collectively call “The Burning” occurred. Motherclucker’s was not open very long when it became obvious to all that it would rake in […]

Creative Nonfiction

Orion’s Dinkus

by Linda Petrucelli It is difficult to begin new things when you are nearly seventy. The ridiculous condition of your bones (the titanium implants) discourages adventure. Incidental mental lapses create doubt about the reliability of your synaptic connections. For every septuagenarian who takes up Taekwondo or learns to speak Portuguese, there are hundreds more like […]

The Art of Boiling Water

by Rose Strode Water is easy to drink. Too easy, considering it’s not easy to find. Once found, one must consider its source. Water’s powerful, shaping the landscape through which it flows, yet also vulnerable, retaining in itself particles of all the places it’s been. The first time I considered water, I was twenty-seven. The […]

What Gone Looks Like

by Leah Claire Kaminski Crazy Snail and Backseat Driver by Igor Kasev I eat my first mushrooms in traffic with my sister on Seven Mile Bridge. I’m a small notch in the metal spine of cars cooking over the hot sea. Over the old bridge running next to us like a mouth missing teeth, a […]

Poetry

An erasure poem produced by taking a cutting from a newspaper article and striking through some words with black marker pen. The unmarked words can be read as the poem.

wholly her own

by Melody Serra Accessible File *Image: A New York Times clipping of “Patricia Lockwood’s First Novel Reaches for the Sublime, Online and Off” by Merve Emre, Feb. 16, 2021. Melody Serra’s passion is teaching and empowering others by sharing what she has learned. She helped launch an arts and crafts program at a children’s hospital […]

A pencil drawing featuring bright blue, pink and orange arches containing barely visible animals, fish and shapes.

Goliath Frog Poems  

by Emma DePanise Goliath Frog Whistles to Their Lover My yellow underbelly bristles, the warmwater trickles—I’ll do the dishes every night, I promise. My elongated second toecan almost reach you. I didn’t kiss that dragonfly. This July night skysticky and wild as my tongue. I hear other kinds of frogs have the rightkinds of voices, […]

The Florida Room

Don’t worry, I promised my mother,I’ll finish the room. She lay in the hospice bed,her chest spongy with cancer.She had me get the scrapof paper from her purse, her notes:the carpet, the table, the wicker, the paint.I stroked her skeletal hand.Then day turned its face away. Weeks later, I bought the paint, made the time.But […]

A black square with a white silhouette of an abstract shape protruding from the left corner.

Another PTSD Poem

by Beth Suter Night-blooming jasminesuffuses the sleepless dark—           scent of the unseen, a shiver   in the belly, my forever-fishswimming a shoreless womb.           Though my son surfaced,   a tremor remains, his arrivalopened a door I can’t close—            the door of my […]

Pink lips dangling in the air beneath five balloons with a silhouette of a man and woman holding onto the balloon strings below. Set against a red and black checkered backgound.

Theme Park Polaroids

by Ash Good Accessible File Ash Good (they/them) is a queer, non-binary poet, designer & activist in Portland, Ore. They are cofounding editor at First Matter Press (501c3 nonprofit) & a reader for Frontier Poetry. Ash’s newest collection, us clumsy gods, is forthcoming from What Books Press in 2022. Poems recently appear in Voicemail Poems, Cathexis, Willawaw Journal & others. Diamante […]

a colourful abstract drawing with a woman's face silhouetted against a moon and she has big earings

The Search

by Brent Ameneyro I walk past the half-finished cinderblock buildingthe not yet blooming Jacarandasand the police lights turning the laundromat bluein search of a floweror a church that could make me feellike the child licking tamarindotalking to himself I watch two volcanoes at sunseton the left a woman sleeps or dies of grief she glows every […]

An abstract acrylic painting. It has a cloud like print with different shades of bright light blue, emerald green, a darker shade canary gold and a lighter shade banana gold.

What Happens After

by Brent Ameneyro She made the best red rice and frijoles.After the table was cleared,it was filled again with tamales—peel back the huskfind something steaming, damp,what some might call flesh-toned. After the table was cleared,something else appearedfrom the kitchen, and so it went like this all day.After the flan went cold,Mayté turned into a Crested […]

An abstract computer generated painting that looks like a mottled purple, blue and green shag carpet

What Not to Expect at a Korean Supermarket

by Jessica Kim Now watch me strangle the neck of the apricot tree,watch me grab a back of green onions and cage it in the rusty supermarket cart. Like the flight herefrom California, confined in the small body of an aircraft. The Korean peninsula devours my bodyand swallows. I wonder why I am so welcomed […]

Better Than Yourself

by Rachel Stempel for my future dermatologist It’s Thursdayand it’s lateand you’ve lostyour right handto scienceand your left hand’slimp Your knucklesbulgeand starecockeyed You forget howyour playground politicsmade illegibleevery          good                     thingyou got your greasy                    […]

Gulf Stream symbol that looks like a G and an S
Issue 29 Staff

Faculty Advisor
Denise Duhamel

Managing Editor
Kristin Gallagher

Fiction Editor
Natalie Satakovski

Creative Nonfiction Editor
Brittany Owens

Poetry Editor
Madison Whatley

Readers
 J. Armelle, Yael Aldana, Andrea Greenfield, Arnaldo Batista, Madari Pendas, Amanda Johnson, Jordan Hill, Sophia Tirado, Ranijun Ruado.

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Cover artist

Charles Chau is a Hong Kong-born contemporary artist currently residing in BC, Canada. He has been commissioned to create a Chinese history mural in Kelowna, and a documentary film about the mural was listed in the “10 Best” China’s Roots Film Awards 2020. He has had solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, Beijing, Vancouver, and one upcoming in Tokyo.