About Us

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WHATEVER KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON

We are an online literary journal based in New York City looking to publish work that represents the lengths (or lack thereof) people will go to in order to make money and pay the bills (to keep the lights on, for instance). We are looking for inspired work that showcases this, whether it be the odd jobs that keep you up at night or the night that brings you odd jobs. If it's funky and helped you not get evicted, tells a story about someone who made a living scraping gum off park benches, or discusses the day to day life of a desk job, we want to hear from you. Check out our submissions page for more details. 

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JESSALYN JOHNSON

EDITOR

Jessalyn Johnson is a graduate of The New School's Creative Writing MFA program for fiction and holds a BA in English Literature from Grand Canyon University. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is featured in Maudlin House, Barren Magazine, and Soft Cartel, among others. You can find her online here

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TAYLOR SUE LEONHARDT

EDITOR

Taylor Sue Leonhardt is originally from Pennsylvania where she got her BA in Art from Muhlenberg College. She recently received an MFA in Creative Writing at The New School. Her work has appeared in Muses Literary Magazine and The Creative Anthology of Muhlenberg College, for which her short story was award third place fiction for their creative writing contest. She lives in Manhattan, New York.  You can follow her on Twitter here

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MICAELA WALLEY

GUEST EDITOR

Stolen Time: An Anthology of Poems Written at Desk Jobs

 Micaela Walley is an MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore. Her work can be found in Oracle Fine Arts Review, Gravel, ENTROPY, and Huffpost. She currently lives in Hanover, Maryland with her best friend—Chunky, the cat.