Review: This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell

By Nancy Smith

ThisisbetweenusOnly a few paragraphs into This Is Between Us, it becomes clear that this is an intimate portrait of a relationship. A narrator speaks, perhaps confesses, directly to his lover of five years, and we get to peek inside the everyday details of this romance. The book is divided in five sections, marked chronologically by time. Early in Year One, our narrator says, “On just our second real date, we started talking about what our life would be like together. We talked about houses, cars, dreams, our kids, and our friends. Then we reluctantly talked about honesty, as if we weren’t really sure what it meant.” And this—the talk of a life lived together—is exactly what unfolds over the course of this lovely, understated novel. Read More

Janice Worthen reads Nomenclature

Janice Worthen lives and writes in the Bay Area of California. She’s a regular contributor to the online news source The Alamedan. Her poetry has appeared in The Rectangle, Switchback, and her poem “Fire Closest Kept” won University of Idaho’s Banks Award. When Janice isn’t writing, she haunts the warehouse of Small Press Distribution as a volunteer.

Rich Ives reads No Sign


Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation, and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Dublin Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. In 2011 he received a nomination for The Best of the Web and two nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net. He is the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. His book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, is currently being serialized with a work per day appearing for all of 2013 at

Elena Botts reads now


Elena Botts grew up in Maryland and currently lives in Northern Virginia. She’s been published in over twenty literary magazines in the past few years. She is the winner of four poetry contests, including Word Works Young Poets’. Her poetry has been exhibited at the Greater Reston Art Center. Check out her poetry book, a little luminescence, at Additionally, her visual art has won her several awards. Go to to see her latest artwork.

Laurie Blauner reads Guide for the Perplexed


Laurie Blauner is the author of three novels, The Bohemians (2013), Infinite Kindness (2007), and Somebody (2002), and six books of poetry.  Her most recent chapbook of poetry was published by dancing girl press.  A novella called Instructions for Living was published in 2011 by Main Street Rag.  She has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship as well as Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, 4Culture, and Artist Trust grants and awards.  She was a resident at Centrum in Washington state and was in the Jack Straw Writers Program in 2007.  Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The NationThe Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, and many other magazines.  A new book of poetry is forthcoming from What Books Press.  Her web site is

S.D. Lishan reads Dreaming The Colony


S.D. Lishan is an Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where he teaches courses in creative writing and poetry. His poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Bellingham Review, Barrow Street, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Chicago Review, Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Journal, In Posse Review, Mudlark, Arts & Letters, New England Review, Versedaily, and other journals. His book Body Tapestries, a winner of the Orphic Prize, was published by Dream Horse Press. He lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Lynda.