Literary Orphans

Literary Orphans Issue 29: Bonnie & Clyde

Literary Orphans is a flash fiction, poetry, and nonfiction magazine from the heart of Chicago. The writing in Literary Orphans is a mood more than a style. It’s the nervous glances back at your apartment when you go for a walk without your cell phone. It’s the nostalgia you have for squeaking cassette tapes and Soviet ICBMs. It’s an analog dream in a digital era. The writing in Literary Orphans is an exorcism of the mind of its contributors, and reading the work here is putting up your fists and getting confrontational with solitude–solitude in a world where neon signs are out and LCD billboards are in, a world where you can’t think for following because everyone is doing all the thinking for you.

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The Tavern Lantern

ISSUE 29: Letter From The Editor 3 min
Our Trip to the American Writers Museum 2 min
'Pax Americana' [An Excerpt] by Kurt Baumeister 5 min
Ray Nessly Reviews 'Nothing But the Dead and Dying' by Ryan W. Bradley 4 min
Scott Waldyn Reviews 'The Messenger is Already Dead' by Jennifer
3 min
James Claffey Reviews THe Best Small Fictions 2016 3 min
Scott Waldyn Reviews 'The City, Awake' by Duncan Barlow 2 min

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Featured Art

Claudio Parentela - Featured Artist
J Stimp - Featured Artist
Thomas H - Featured Artist

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General Fiction

I Got Up Stood Still Looked Stupid by Judyth Emanuel 6 min
The Pines by Ann Hillesland 3 min
See You Soon by Rachel Harrison 5 min
Decibels by Eric Bosse 2 min
Gaspar Had Dirty Fingernails by Joe Giordano 6 min
Mister Malone by Fred Vogel 4 min
Ogre John Goes to Jerusalem by John Adkins 3 min
Terra by Caleb Sarvis 7 min
You Shouldn't Have Been My Laura Palmer by Mathew Serback 5 min
Short-Timer's Fantasia, Afghanistan by Todd Mercer 2 min
Leaving Jeremy by Jack Somers 2 min
Chronological Silence by Nick Manzolillo 5 min
Bridges by William Thompson 7 min
The Supervisors by Alison Grifa Ismaili 3 min
The Lion on Canal Street Line by Carla Kirchner 4 min
Climbing the Beanstalk by Nicholas White 2 min
Career Arc by David Galef 3 min

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General Poetry

Perchance by Anne Gorrick 6 min
The Premier Summer Camp For Promising Young Martyrs by Anna Kelley 1 min
The Machines by Wes Bishop 1 min
A Drummer, a Cigar Aficionado, and a Viet Nam Vet by Marianne Peel 3 min
The Absurdities of Youth - Superman by J. H. Johns 1 min
Why Did You Cremate My Thoughts? by Ryan Quinn Flanagan 1 min
The Alchemist by Elijah Noble El 1 min
Distractions by Nathaniel Sverlow 1 min
baby, baby by Hillary Leftwich 1 min
Twelve Lines Running Across our Bed by Danny Earl Simmons 1 min
Death Collective by Donna Dallas 1 min
Katie's Story by Jake Rosenberg 1 min
After the Fairytales by Jim Zola 1 min