Issue 17

Emerge Literary Journal: 2021, Issue 17

Editor’s Note

Happy New Year! While last year wasn’t the greatest, let us remember all the bright spots. We relaunched after a long hiatus and revived the Magpies Chapbook series, discovered amazing new talent as well as embraced the Twitter literary world. We plan on continuing that tradition this year. In this issue I interview an author with her first literary publication and showcase her work for the world to see.

Keep moving forward.

Be Well. Write Well. Read Well.



Versions of Fire,” Rachael Crosbie

Between You and Now,” Megan Cannella

Upon Waking” and “of, The Memory,” Jad Josey

Clawing up the incline,” Anna Press

Diving,” Danielle Rose

I Tell My Daughter She Can’t Call the Dead,” “Hawk Vision,” and “When Your Best Friend Has Cancer,” Julie Weiss

The Passion,” Jake Street

Hunting Embroidery,” Renu Su

32:3,” Tristan Cody

Promises,” Amy-Jean Muller

I Know The Water Never Cared–a golden shovel poem,” Ashley Sapp

The Girl with the Dead Flowers in Her Room,” Stephen J. Golds

In Sardinia,” Mandy Macdonald

Carefully Taught,” Deanna Baringer

With These Tired Hands,” Claire Taylor

Graffiti found in an LA diner bathroom stall at 2:24 AM,” Ariel N. Banayan

Esperanza Corner

Questions Beget Questions on the Mood Survey,” Kristina Saccone

ELJ believes that #mentalillnessawareness and #endingthestigma are of paramount importance. We believe in the necessity of sharing our mental illness and trauma stories to facilitate writing through illness and create broader awareness. We’ve created this corner to allow writers to not only share their stories but to be home to those who share in their experiences.


Iridescent, Chelsea Thornton

What I’d Forgive, Andrew Bertaina

This is How They Mourn, Kristin Tenor

Chewed Edges, Hannah Grieco

Even the Jellyfish, Holly Rae Garcia

The Hunters, Sara Dobbie

Evensong of the River, Sheila Scott

Such Strange Suns, James McAdams

The Other Half and Sweet Heart, Meagan Johanson

Fine, Neal Suit

Trying to Find a Place to Eat in Saint Anthony, Idaho, Sunday at 9 p.m., When Wings Explode, and Pogo Sticks, Courtney Clute

Knuckle Duster, Andy Spain

The Dead and the Dying, Leonie Rowland

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent, Shannon Frost Greenstein

Supplication, Marilyn Duarte

Leaping, 1946, Emma Venables

Spray Cans in December, Laura Hemmington

Two Star Review, T.L. Sherwood

Featured Writer

Interview with Chelsea Thornton

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