Autobiography by Naomi Edwards

Cyborg Summer by Sara Barrett

          I killed a man once.  I said at the bar.  I was lying, because I’m a woman. 

          Women lie.  At least, we lie when we’re sleeping, we don’t sleep

          standing up. 

          I had a horse once.  Deep in the fields I lost it, let go of its bridle and

          there it goes            so fast away from me

          like other things.

                    They said I was pretty, after I


                    on the autopsy table, I heard them say             I was pretty

                    pretty much dead

          Well, if I’m dead I may as well go to the bar                 with my friends.

          A horse walks into a bar.

Naomi Rhema Edwards graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Her work has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly and Cathexis Northwest Press, among others. She lives and works in Pittsburgh.

East Tennessee native and mixed media artist Sara Barrett lives blissfully at the foothills of the Smokies with her husband of 12 years, their 11-year-old daughter and two cats. A full-time creative thinker, Barrett repurposes used and discarded materials of all types in her artwork. Scrap paper usually hogs the spotlight. Although she admires most all art forms, she is deeply inspired by music and the talent behind it. Artists including Billie Holiday, U2, Ray LaMontagne, Volbeat and dozens of others can be heard spinning on the turn table in her art room on any given evening. When not creating, Sara enjoys traveling to obscure locations with her family and documenting the experience with amateur photos. Enjoying chocolate, laughing loud and listening to classic rock are also priorities for her. Sara’s artwork has been seen locally at The Emporium in Knoxville and The District Gallery in Bearden. You can see more of her work on Instagram @freelance.muse.

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