Community No. 31

In this week’s community, we feature works by Abigail Carl-Klassen and Henry Goldkamp.


Abigail Carl-Klassen’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Willow Springs, Guernica, Aster(ix) and Kweli, among others. She was shortlisted for the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s 2016 Ethnographic Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and her chapbook Shelter Management will be released in 2017 with dancing girl press. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas-El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas-El Paso.

Title: Doble Sentido: Tips for Travelling While Central American
First Line(s):

Which name do you want? I travel with a Mexican name, but I can give you my Guatemalan name if you want.


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: October 2017
Journal: Hinchas de Poesía –


Title: I’ve Been Deported Ten Times: A Honduran Seeks Refugee Status in Mexico
First Line(s):

60 pesos for my immigration picture. There is a woman who does it for 50, but sometimes she cuts off too much and immigration won’t take it. Then you have to pay and take it again.


Genre: Nonfiction
Publication Date: April 21, 2017
Journal: Catapult –


HENRY GOLDKAMP has lived along the Mississippi River his entire life. Recent work appears in CutBankSLANTBlood Orange ReviewSwamp Ape ReviewPretty OwlPermafrost, and others. His work has been nominated twice for 2017’s Best of the Net. His public art projects have been covered by Time and NPR.

Title: Denim Fig Leaf (Innocent Version)
First Line(s):

The apple’s crunch is a work-song now on Spotify.
We follow the artist; we dance to a rave, a rager.
The spirit’s only uniform is some bit of sticky flesh.


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: January 2018
Journal: glitterMOB –


Title: American DIY (Innocent Version)
First Line(s):

As an alternative method of distressing your denim, boil them in extravagance, cayenne, and heaps of bay leaf for about twenty minutes.


Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: March 2018
Journal: CRAG –


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