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Letter from the Editor: Consume

A million reasons this issue is the best one yet.

When we lit Twitter up with our call for submissions under the theme of "consume," we didn't realize the response would be the biggest return we've seen in our two-plus year history.

With nearly triple the amount of submissions we usually receive (and double the amount received for "Strange & Unusual", our previously highest issue), we set out to bring on two additional readers. We were humbled and thrilled to have received the applications we did, and in the end brought on five new members to the Hearth & Coffin team; not only did we get to expand our team, but we were able to give the care and consideration to each submission that we always mean to.

We're thrilled to serve up this spicy little creature: flipping through our digital pages on this issue, readers will enjoy social media consumerism, gnashing monster maws, tongue-in-cheek recipes, and… y'all, a lot of cannibalism.

Did we mention the Culkin siblings make an appearance, too?

We're thrilled it's here and hope you enjoy.


Featured authors and poets for Volume 3, Issue 1: Consume


Bread and Relish | Hilary Ayshford

Ouroboros | Alex J. Barrio

The Trembling Harp String | Carew S. Bartley

Should Have Got Off the Bus When You Could | Joyce Bingham

Toothbrush | Sophia Carlisle

You Should Smile More | August Blaine Centauri

Revenge (sweet) & Mad Scientist's Putrinesca | Zoe Davis

The Bounty We Are About to Receive | Eirik Gumeny

A Stew for the New Year | S.M. Hallow

It Starts With Forgetting | Chelsea Jackson

Sweet Nothings | Cecilia Kennedy

Evil at the Door | Logan McConnell

Antropófago | Samir Sirk Morató

Food Desert | Samir Sirk Morató

The Registry | Sophie Panzer

The Storage Closet at the Murray Public Library | Stephanie Sanders-Jacob

Lesbian Bed Death | Elizabeth Anne Schwartz

Not Quite | Abby Sundeen

Catching the Westbound | Gregg Voss

7th Culkin | John M. Withers IV & Eliza Gaston


Rice Seaweed Vegetable | Callie S. Blackstone

Consumption | Danny Fantom

Kindness is Always in Reach When You Have a Pair of Tongs | Debbie Feit

The Alpha Consumer | James Marchiori

Wish You Were Here | Desiree McCullough


Some people die and go to Hell, where they | Gale Acuff

Love Letter to the Butcher | James Ambrose

Ouroboros | D.W. Baker

octopus | Nicholas Barnes

Polluted Oxytocin | Sadee Bee

Cold | Nicole Cleary

Gnaw | Nicole Cleary

Doing Latin |James D’Angelo

Pica | James D’Angelo

Planning the Menu | Isabelle Evans

To wait in the evergreens | Richard Fox

The Monster Part | Erich von Hungen

Nibbling | Scott T. Hutchison

Day 22 | H.K.G. Lowery

Snow Moon in the Year of the Disappearing Forests | Eleonora Luongo

When You Become the Mother Tree, We Will Never Again Be Lonely | Eleonora Luongo

Banana Bread Wife | Hatteras Mange

doom | Abby Moeller

Busted Bubblegum Brain | Caroline Morris

The darkness continues to pout; | Caroline Morris

The Big Crunch: Many Poems Written by Many People In One Body | Tadgh Murphy

I SEE RED | SOUM (Screams of Unfettered Minds)

Vagina Dentata | Syd Shaw

An Invitation | Kelli Simpson

House Nostalgia in Perspective | Terry Trowbridge


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