Mercury-Marvin Sunderland (he/him) is a transgender autistic gay man from Seattle with Borderline Personality Disorder. He currently attends the Evergreen State College and works for Headline Poetry & Press. He’s been published by University of Amsterdam’s Writer’s Block and UC Santa Barbara’s Spectrum. He’s @Romangodmercury on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Josh Steinbauer is an artist and filmmaker (Paper Stars, Cap’n Flapjack). His work has been seen in Heaven, Third Ward, No Moon, Gen Art, 3 Walls galleries, Harvard Art museum, American Folk Art Museum, and published in numerous culture sites like Nowhere, Terrain, Aerogram, Moving Poems, and the Times of India. He lives in NYC.
Magical realism and oral history interleave in this story inspired by 90s indie radio-show legend, Joe Frank. In five acts, “LEGACY” explores pandemic anxiety, art in isolation, Midwestern factory work, intergenerational trauma, and forgiveness, all within a quarantined apartment.
This piece features interviews with Janine Bumgarner and a soundtrack with new work from Nate Kinsella (Birthmark, American Football, Joan of Arc), Tom Assalin (Dragon Turtle, Shifting Harbor, Canadensis), Jacob Steinbauer (Every Bell And Whistle), and Kevin McHugh (Valence).
Sante Matteo, born and raised in a small agricultural town in southern Italy, emigrated to the United States with his family when he was almost ten. He had the good fortune to maintain and strengthen his ties to Italy by becoming a professor of Italian Studies. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, where he resides, reminisces, and writes. In retirement, he has switched from academic to creative writing. Recent stories, memoirs, and poetry have appeared in: The Chaffin Journal, Dime Show Review, River River, Snapdragon, The New Southern Fugitives, Ovunque Siamo, Showbear Family Cirrcus, KAIROS. Artwork from Adriano Marinazzo’s “In The Beginning” Series
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