At last!  The Potomac Review’s issue 51 is here. If you are a subscriber, you should have received your copy in the mail by now, and no doubt you have already begun reading it. If you would like a copy, click here.

This issue features three fiction contest winners: Shweta Sen’s “The Essay,” Tracy Alig Dowling’s “To Live Without Air,” and Elaine Burr’s “Skipping School.” We hope you will notice the poignancy and polish of the prose in each.

Other notable pieces include but are not limited to Mike Craig’s “Daniel,” a flash fiction piece about a single moment between boys at play that lingers with the narrator to this day. Janice Gary’s essay, “Random Acts,” details her experience of coping with mental wellness during those disturbing weeks when two snipers terrorized the Washington, D.C. area in the fall of 2002. And “Counting,” Eileen Kennedy’s poem about numbers and tallies, reveals a startling reality of our times.

Here’s a complete list of contributors we hope you will enjoy.

Fiction: Dave Barrett, Elaine Burr, Joseph Cavano, Natalia Cortes Chaffin, Gary Ciuffetelli, Mike Craig, Meghan Dombrink-Green, Carol Ghiglieri, Craig Hartglass, Dixon Hearne, Michelle Kaeser, Shweta Sen.

Nonfiction: Deborah Guerra, Jennifer McStotts, Kerry Paul May, Linda Morefield.

Poetry: Labake Akinyosoye, Bill Brown, Bill Christophersen, Jennifer Lauren Collins, Jona Colson, Deborah H. Doolittle, Darren C. Demaree, Daryl Farmer, Tina Raye Dayton, Sonja James, Rebecca Hazelton, Peter Layton, Eileen Kennedy, Tim Leach, Lynn Levin, Terri McCord, Greg Moglia, Kirby Olson, Don Pomerantz, Donna Pucciani, Richard Schiffman, William Snyder Jr., Rose Solari, Sasha West, Michael T. Young, Gerald Zipper.