Issue 15

Emerge Literary Journal: 2020, Issue 15

Editor’s Note

Life happens when you’re not looking, and so do accidents, which we can all attest. This issue has some gems, nuggets, and outright jaw-dropping works. The selections for this issue were difficult to make as many talented artists submitted, some during our regular submission process and more than a few from our Lit Blitz. To our contributors, we thank you for trusting us with your love, tears, and souls. We continue to grow as a journal and press but none of it would be possible without the love and support of our community.

Enjoy our 15th issue of Emerge Literary Journal.

Be Well. Write Well. Read Well.



Microscopy,” Lily Klinek

Body Heat,” Aleah Dye

Learning to Speak,” Jacob Nantz

tofu,” Stuart Buck

Elbow to Neck,” MA|DE

How to Grow,” Bethan Hay

I’ve Clawed My Way Back Up to the Surface of the Earth,” Kylie Martin

In Places Like This,” Damian Rucci

Dead Animals and Other Things I Avoid Thinking About,” Gretchen Rockwell

I Need You to Know That,” “Christmas Pageant,” and “Time is Out of Joint,” Claire Scott

Don’t Pick the Flowers,” Ashley Sapp

pink turtle,” D.T. Robbins

The Five Elements,” Nishtha Tripathi

Untitled,” Edith-Marie Green

Esperanza Corner

When I Say My Depression,” Ryleigh Wann

The Almost” and “Lost in a Body,” Kara Knickerbocker

David Didn’t Speak, Amy-Jean Muller

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.


Peaches, Lindsay Bennett Ford

When Rosa Goes All DNA; Stop, Go, Stop; and, Clock Face, Francine Witte

Hospitals and Cigarettes: My Childhood Ailments, c. cimmone

Heartburn, T-Shirt, L Scully

Come, Mama, Come, Anna Gates Ha

Johnson County, Jules Archer

Conversations With My Shadow, Faye Brinsmead

Aunt Cheryl’s Guide to Gardening, Kristin Kozlowski

You are not James, Jonathon Pizarro

The Girl Next Door, Lisa Lerma Weber

Going in Public, Donovan Irven

Polaroid Snapshot: The Children, Late 1980s (In the Bed of a Ford F-100) and Polaroid Snapshot: The Gift Shop, Seldom Seen Coal Mine, Patrick Thomas Henry

American Girl Doll, Jamy Bond

The Confession, D.B. MacInnes

Flittering Home, Remi Skytterstad

Bodies of Water, Jade Song

Meet Cute, Ken Coseto

Featured Writer

Interview with L Scully


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