Drinking with Lucifer

J.B. Toner

“Well, Mick, what’s this stuff called again—Bushmills?
It’s very good, but I’ve had better yet:
The scarlet ale of Aztec altars wet,
The absinthe of an abdicated will,
The mead of churning spilth from poison mills,
The wine of groaning thralldom’s tortured sweat,
The black milk of despair from souls of jet,
Sweet seas of tears that drown the looming hills.” [Read more…]

“The Splendor and the Wackiness”: An Interview with Heather King

Katy Carl

After living on both coasts of the United States, working jobs as diverse as waitress and lawyer, surviving alcoholism, cancer, and divorce, and undergoing a life-altering conversion, Catholic writer Heather King might be said to have seen it all. Her most recent memoir, Redeemed, strives to set down these experiences and more as viewed through the fresh eyes of a new Catholic. In her writing, King expresses a truth that her heroine Flannery O’Connor described: that, though faith may seem to some a “peculiar and arrogant blindness,” it can be an “extension of vision” when the believer engages and records reality with honesty and clarity. Or, as King puts it herself, faith enables us to see in a unique way “the meat and the splendor and the wackiness and the grittiness” of the world and of our experience. [Read more…]

Barra’s Laird

Gabriel Olearnik

Palest is his face to me
my dearie.
Tis a tint
Of the overcook of mil’.
All hint of heat
Has left it.

Here ran his horse and hied through the heather
and ran a pretty mile from the brink o’ the river. [Read more…]

Mary, Queen of Angels 2008

Publisher’s Note


David Rozema,
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Arthur Powers,
Carla and Jaime

Eleanor Bourg Donlon,
The Game of Sean McTeague

Dena Hunt,
The Salvation of Glorianne

Enrique Garcia-Maiquez,


J.B. Toner,

David Landrum,
Roads Walked and Barred

Kate Bluett,

Amanda Griswold,

Gabriel Olearnik,

Joseph O’Brien,

Sarah Gajkowski-Hill,


Katy Carl,
“The Splendor and the Wackiness”: An Interview with Heather King


Katy Carl,

Eleanor Bourg Donlon,
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Matthew Alderman,

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