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“Ghost Stories,” by Michael Collins and Annie Kim, is lovely and—appropriately enough—haunting, with the two voices echoing and playing off each other yet appearing seamless. Simultaneously dark and lyric, musical and surprising, it is everything I would look for in a collaborative sequence.
—Judge Ruth Foley


Ghost Stories by Michael Collins and Annie Kim

Ghost Stories


Annie Kim

Annie Kim’s first poetry collection, Cyclorama, won the 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and will be published by the University of Southern Indiana. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Mudlark, Asian American Literary Review, DMQ Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and the recipient of a Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship, Kim works at the University of Virginia School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Public Service.

Michael.CollinsMichael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 50 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year, and a second chapbook, Harbor Mandala, appeared in 2015. Visit www.notthatmichaelcollins.com for more.

First Runner-up: “The Dose” by Lissa Kiernan & Kim Peter Kovac

Second Runner-up: “Old Man Blue Fairy” by Dustin Michael & Neesha Navare

Honorable Mention: “Every Day a New Death” by Lisette Alonso & Janelle Garcia

Read letter from our guest judge, Ruth Foley

 About our Guest Judges

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARuth Foley lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two greyhounds, one of whom sometimes gets mistaken for a cow. Her work is easy to find online and in her chapbooks, Dear Turquoise (dancing girl press, 2013) and Creature Feature (ELJ Publications, 2015). She is easy to find at fivethingsthatdontsuck.blogspot.com or by looking at her sofa. She serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.

Patrick BagleyPatrick Shawn Bagley‘s debut crime novel Bitter Water Blues was published in January 2015 by Snubnose Press. His stories of hardscrabble life and rural mayhem have appeared in Crimespree Magazine, Thrilling Detective, Spinetingler, The Iconoclast, and the anthology Uncage Me. He was one of the founding editors of The Lineup: Poems on Crime, an annual anthology. Bagley lives and writes on a dead-end dirt road in a one-stoplight town. During the day, he works at a nonprofit community support program for adults with intellectual disabilities.


Need more? Read cahoodaloodaling‘s best of the best: 2015 Nominations

In Cahoots Contest Winners 2014

In Cahoots Contest Winner 2014:
The Meek by Justin Hudnall & Brian Simpson


1st Runner Up:2nd PlaceSCENE & SAID by Stanko & LS Bassen

2nd Runner Up:

7 - Image 1The Last Groove by Andrei Guruianu & Teknari


Honorable Mentions:

Apartment Building A
by Christine Testa & Tracy Pumfrey

Temple of Isis
by Jade Pandora & Elan Hickler

It’s a Long, Long Way to the Champs Élysée
by Paul Lavrakas and Kim Peter Kovac

Thank You For Your Contribution… and Your Check
by Susan Levi Wallach & Flavian Mark Lupinetti

Bonus Free Download: FourPlay
by Straw Mat Writers:
Angelique Stevens, Maria Brandt, Elizabeth Johnston & Pam Emigh-Murphy

About our Guest Judges

Michelle & James Lehmann are a husband & wife writing team. Experts at collaboration both between themselves and with artists, we featured their project, Relativity, in our first Special Feature. They have recently self-published their fifth book.

Michelle Lehmann

Michelle Lehmann, a/k/a Mirz, is a mom, author and digital artist who lives in a suburb of Chicago. A secretary by day, she spends her nights wiping runny noses, pushing pixels, and trying to save the world — all of which she does while consuming ungodly amounts of coffee. Inspired by a love of the short stories of Ray Bradbury, her writing career (if one would call it that) has been planted firmly in the speculative genre, with works mainly in science-fiction, fantasy, and goofy smiley stories. Since her dreams of becoming a superhero never took flight, she did the next best thing and created the fiction serial, Relativity, which can read at Blacktorrent.us. She recently had her first works formerly published in the profits-for-charity anthology, Cat Tails: A Collection of Littpurrature. Her other works, which she assures no animals were harmed during the creation of, can be found on various sites around the web, including deviantart.com, mirz.us, and bitmapworld.com.

James LehmannJames Lehmann, a/k/a Ravenswd started crafting stories as soon as he was able to hold a pen, but never finished anything until he acquired his Apple II computer — leading to a love of writing literature and computer code. A freelance computer programmer by profession, he is mostly a stay-at-home dad who gets a ton of inspiration from his kids and TV Tropes. He has a particular love of science-fiction and most of his works have been in that genre. Creating the character of Ravenswood Cadavre (because the name sounded cool), he never imagined it would lead him on a speculative writing journey that would span over 20 years and result in the superhero serial, Relativity, which he produces with his wife. He is also a connoisseur of webcomics, even co-creating one of his own with the emoticon strip, Bitmapworld. His works have appeared in several small publications you probably have never heard of, including The Torch and The Fiction Primer. Most of his writing and digital works can be found on Blacktorrent.us and deviantArt.com.


Issue #12 – The Repeat Review


Editor’s Note


Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
Dark Spot
by Aaron Hawkins

What Emily Said
by Katherine Ringley

For Mama
by Tony Brown

A Practical Guide to Building and Maintaining an Office Relationship
by Karen Jakubowski

A Blazing Hat
by Ronald Ray

Neon Collision
by Chrystal Berche

by Kate Garrett

Saugus, Embassy of the 2nd Muse
by Tom Sheehan

The Eyes in Our House
by Kim Peter Kovac

About Our Guest Editor
Natalie EastonNatalie Easton is a poet from Connecticut. She is our “repeat” editor, from Issue #7 – Family. Her work has appeared at Up the Staircase Quarterly, Foundling Review, and is forthcoming at Rust + Moth. Her chapbook, The Leavings, will be available soon from Crisis Chronicles Press. You can find her at www.natalieeaston.com.