MHPQ Spring 2017 / American Spring

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MHPQ Spring 2017 / American Spring


Monster House Press Quarterly 003
American Spring • Spring 2017
Newsprint • Periodical • Poster


“A Factory” • Kaveh Akbar (originally published in The Poetry Review)

“The Culvert” • Bella Bravo

“Am I A Humanitarian?" • Glenn Cox

"Abecedarian Against The Wall" & "Water Pressure" • Marlin M. Jenkins

"New America" • Yalie Kamara

Excerpt from "1000 Words" • Andrew James Weatherhead


“Reading Stuff By White Girls” • Bree Jo'ann


"American Spring” & "Make America Flowers Again" • Tess Pugsley

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Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is forthcoming with Alice James Books in Fall 2017, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, is out with Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida. Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry.

Bella Bravo (b. 1987) is a writer living in Bloomington, Indiana.

Glenn Cox is a visual artist and poet currently living in Columbus, Ohio. He is a student at Ohio State University and is working on forthcoming chapbook Mood Pyramid. Email him at or follow him on Instagram @the_evil_guardian_angle_16.

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and studied poetry in University of Michigan's MFA program. His work has been given homes by The Collagist, The Offing, The Journal, and Bennington Review, among others. He has worked with students in Detroit Public Schools through the Inside Out Literary Arts program and received a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

Bree Jo’ann writes most of her poems on her dated iPhone. She has a super useful Fiction Writing Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She has a smol baby boy who is named after a natural phenomenon, checks out way too many books from the library, and collects unicorn Beanie Babies. Her work has appeared in Radioactive Moat’s Deluge, Didactic, and Find her on Facebook, @how2baradwytch on Twitter or email her at

Yalie Kamara is a first-generation Sierra Leonean-American woman and native of Oakland, California. Her poetry can been found in Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Amazon Day One and Entropy Mag, among other places. Her first chapbook When The Living Sing, will be published by Ledge Mule Press in Spring 2017.

Tess Pugsley is an artist, feminist and communist who currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she tends carefully to the lives of her 3 cats, friends, family and many plants.

Andrew James Weatherhead is the author of the poetry collections Cats and Dogs (Scrambler Books, 2014) and Aardvark (Monster House, 2017). He’s from Wilmette, Illinois.