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2015 Best of the Net Nominations

Congratulations to our nominations for
Best of the Net!

You Are, You Will Be by Orooj-e-Zafar

Olive Wood by Linda Caldwell Lee

I Listen to a Woman Read a Poem about HIV and Think of Carlos and How It Was in the 1980s by Linda Blaskey

You Probably Think This Poem Is about You by Tovah Leah Green

Ritual by Elaine Wang

Amelia Earhart Leaves Her Husband by Krista Cox

Cinderella Snubs a Hand-Out by Elizabeth Johnston

Blast Off by Berkley Carnine

Tales of TC by Gary Nolan

For information on the Best of the Net anthology, visit Sundress Publications.

New Staff Member! Orooj-e-Zafar, Poetry Reader

A warm welcome to our former contributor and newest member of our poetry team, the lovely Orooj-e-Zafar!

Orooj-e-ZafarOrooj-e-Zafar is a Browncoat eighteen-years-young mosaic, in her first year of med school. She fancies herself a certified overthinker and spoken word poet, frequently performing in front of audiences in her city at venues such as Kuch Khaas, among many others. She has been published at The Missing Slate, cahoodaloodaling and recently released her first spoken word album, the articulation of my vertebrae: from being spineless to finally standing tall.

Orooj resides in Islamabad, the dharna capital of Pakistan and has been married to slam poetry since she heard the word, ‘onomatopoeia’. She would like nothing more than to wake up to a hot cup of chai and a good poem; engaging conversations are a close third. Her best friend is her copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. She’s been playing the guitar for eight and a half years (badly), sings decently enough and bakes till her problems go away. Some days she is Ron Swanson and others, Leslie Knope.

We’re excited to have Orooj on board as we work on our Travelogue and future Issues!


Contributor Feature – Orooj-e-Zafar’s “the articulation of my vertebrae”


Spoken word poet Orooj-e-Zafar has a new digital album called “the articulation of my vertebrae” available through BandCamp. The album includes “you are, you will be,” previously published in our SLAM IT! issue:

To purchase your own copy or review the rest of the tracks, visit mockinroojay.bandcamp.com.


Issue #13 – SLAM IT!


Play Editor’s Letter

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Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
I Slept in the Middle of the Bed Last Night
by Blythe Cooper

Time Is Of
by Jhaki M.S. Landgrebe

by Paul Beckman

Tonight I Am Old Again
by Cailin Rhiannon

Women of Pride
by Amoxes

You Are, You Will Be
by Orooj-e-Zafar

The Fallout
by Katie Simpson

The Death of Marilyn Monroe
by Carlton D. Fisher

What Is This Thing Called Love
by Holly Day

by Gravity

About Our Guest Editor
LalliJason Lalli, AKA Lalli, is the co-founder/entertainment chair of the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, creator and host of Infuse – Open Mic, 3-time author, and is one of Phoenix’s veteran spoken word artists. He uses his gift for poetry as a form of motivational speaking and believes a person does not need to have money to give back to their community. He utilizes his abilities, voice, and networks to their fullest potential in an attempt to make our world a better place. He can be found at: www.lalli-poet.com