Seven Times Maria Van Zandt Felt Beautiful

November 10, 2037Outside the wind chime tinkles. She pictures the glittery metal butterfly, a small stained-glass leaf dangling in the middle of the weathered chimes. She remembers putting it up the day she bought the house, all on her own. Mama, can you hear me? Murmurs. She opens her eyes. There, inches from her face…

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Shaindel Beers

Shaindel Beers is the author of three full-length poetry collections: A Brief History of Time (2009) and The Children's War and Other Poems (2013), both from Salt Publishing, and Secure Your Own Mask (2018), from White Pine Press. She teaches at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, where she lives with her son Liam, her husband Matt, and a menagerie of pets. She serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary Magazine. Learn more at

Hailey Renee Brown

Hailey Renee Brown is a freelance illustrator born and raised in Mid Michigan. With a bachelor’s in Zoology, she spent years formerly working as a field biologist. Moving across the country to the east coast, she also moved from science to art and graduated from The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. Hailey works as a freelance colorist and illustrator for a wide assortment of clientele, including comic anthologies, fantasy authors, and Dynamite Entertainment.

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