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How Her Spirit Got Out
by Krysten Hill
“Necessary and powerful… These poems are a middle finger tucked into the hip pocket of your favorite dress.”
— Jill McDonough, author of Habeas Corpus and Where You Live
With intensity, audacity, and a darkly comic wit, Hill grapples with the question of how to fight “a city that knows you’re unarmed,” rendering each poem as a weapon and a shield, and using both for self-defense.
apt: issue six
The Long Poetry Issue
To complement the Long Fiction issue, our sixth print annual celebrates long poems.
Featuring work by: Dan Brady, Gillian Devereux, Tracy Dimond, Kurt Klopmeier, Peter Myers, Elizabeth Wade, and Matthew Zingg!
by Susan McCarty
“Judging from the wry observations in McCarty’s first short story collection, the author seems like the type of person who would laugh at a funeral—which is a compliment. As McCarty reveals, what’s funny is funny, what’s sad is sad, and personal moments that pang are often both.”
— Matt Patches, Esquire
In language both captivating and honest, McCarty reveals the ways we use our bodies to confront our hidden selves.
apt: issue five
The Long Fiction Issue
“These stories are long, but their language is spare, with no word wasted. The disorderly plots need the space to sort themselves out; or to conclude in an even more thought-provokingly entangled manner than they began.”— E. Ce Miller, The Review Review
Featuring work from Colleen Cable, Elizabeth Chandler, Kendra Fortmeyer, William Hillyard, and Matt Jones!
by Liam Day
Named a Must-Read Book for 2015 by the Massachusetts Book Awards!
“You will not regret tuning into this soundtrack of lyric transit and visitation.”
— Simeon Berry, author of Ampersand Revisited
That’s When the Knives Come Down
by Dolan Morgan (with illustrations by Robin E. Mørk)
“Morgan debuts his refreshing talent in a collection of 12 short stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant…. ‘Experimental’ would be a misleading term for this one-of-a-kind book.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
At once absurd, harrowing, and inimitable, That’s When the Knives Come Down establishes Dolan Morgan as the writer whose voice will supersede your inner monologue and expose your roiling inner turmoil.
apt: issue four
The Surveillance Issue
“Unlike other postmodern efforts, where the oddity and ambiguity may permit dodging the meaningful and the political, the writers of apt experiment, yes, but with a careful and brilliant purpose.”
— Mary Florio, NewPages
Freedom, politics, government, human rights, war, equality, justice, and the search for individual identity in an increasingly homogenized world.
Underlife and Portico (second edition)
by Michael Lynch
Winner of the 2013 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize!
“Michael Lynch’s poems are pure vision: language becoming image becoming language again. This is a book of poetry you’ll return to as many times as God has names.”
— Rusty Barnes, author of Breaking It Down and Redneck Poems
apt: issue three
“[apt] has great breadth of voice and style. This issue soars.”
— Tripp Reade, The Review Review
Featuring work by Christian Anton Gerard, Delaney Nolan, Andrew Plattner, Alexis Pope, Nate Pritts, and more!
apt: issue two
“Filled from cover to cover with strong, daring pieces… There’s not a single selection in the issue that fades into the background.”
— Sarah Carson, NewPages
Featuring work by Maureen Alsop, Lindsay Coleman, Clayton Michaels, Lam Pham, Noel Sloboda, Russ Woods, and more!
They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights
by Gillian Devereux
“When I finished this collection I could practically taste the pale pink sugar of the carnival cotton candy machine. I wanted to lick my sticky-sweet fingers clean.”
— Leesa Cross-Smith, Sundog Lit
Mermaids, headless girls, Ferris wheels, women aflame. Bears who dance (or used to) and crowds who pay to watch. Whether you’re here for the conjoined twins or the trapeze artist, you’re bound to find yourself somewhere in Gillian Devereux’s sideshow.
apt: issue one
“With the breadth and caliber of the writing showcased in its inaugural print issue, apt promises to become a valuable contributor to the restless and ever-evolving literary scene of today.”
— Michelle Bailat-Jones, Necessary Fiction
Featuring work by David Bartone, Shannon Derby, Dolan Morgan, Vincent Scarpa, N. A’Yara Stein, and more!