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How Little Billy Learned To Play

How Little Billy Learned To Play

$10

Written as a tribute to musician Bill Bell (1936-2017), How Little Billy Learned to Play follows a young, fictionalized Bill Bell as he learns to play music in the Watertown neighborhood of East Moline, IL where he grew up.

Join "Little Billy" as he learns to play Hambone from his Uncle Ferdinand, jams with other famed East Moline musicians Esther Clark and Mallie Williams, and learns where the rhythm comes from.

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THE ATLAS 14

THE ATLAS 14

$10

DEAR READERS:

VULNERABILITY ISN’T EASY. Writing, therefore, is similarly difficult. It’s one thing to put your feelings to paper, but to transform them into a full-fledged work of art is a true challenge. This summer, we seventeen interns spent seven weeks working together and encouraging one another to complete this challenge. While many writers often have to fight this uphill battle alone, we had the opportunity to connect over our similar passions and ensure one another that we were being heard.

Throughout the past seven weeks, we’ve learned how to say what’s important to us and how to find what we needed to say. Together, we’ve all contributed to creating a safe and supportive environment, and we’ve bonded over inside jokes and emotional vulnerability. The seventeen of us have grown into people we can be proud of, evolving from unsure teenagers into confident artists. We’ve learned about writing and editing and the world and even ourselves. We now go forward into the world, pen in hand, different than when we first arrived.

Each person participating in the YEW internship came from wildly varying backgrounds, yet all of us found a home here. We are seventeen people full of different memories, mistakes, and regrets, but in The Atlas, we found a shared voice. Through writing, we cracked ourselves open like eggs and found within us the freedom to tell people what we think, feel, and believe.

This is not just a book; this is a box that holds the beauty, pain, secrets, and lives of the seventeen young adults that created it. This book is an anthology of chaos. It’s made of sleepless nights and 3 a.m. talks, of stargazing and perpetually moving forward. This book is a house in which honesty and positivity are the sword and shield we wield against the world. Our collective voice is beautiful, chaotic, and sometimes downright insane, but it’s a voice that we stand by and believe in. The Midwest Writing Center is proud to present The Atlas 14.

With love,
The Young Emerging Writers 2019

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River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa
GET HOME SAFE
THE ATLAS 13
Clouds Over Bishop Hill

Clouds Over Bishop Hill

“A meticulous yet delicately restrained imagery of the historical and character complexities of the Swedish prairie colony.” — Robin Throne, author of Her Kind

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OUTSIDERS

OUTSIDERS

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“Pollard presses into the most real and most tender concepts of catch and release. Her speakers are meditative and embodied, imprisoned and craving to be freed. Outsiders is a marvel of persistence,
process, and will call on your empathy as it did mine.” — CM Burroughs

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Meditations in a Helicopter About to Explode Over a Guy Covered in Chum, Surfing Off of Shark Bay Beach

Meditations in a Helicopter About to Explode Over a Guy Covered in Chum, Surfing Off of Shark Bay Beach

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"Evil is fantastic, shimmering, totally boring. Devastation is causal, inevitable, photoshopped. Profundity is detached, a parking lot, the B-movie of your most banal, necessary daydreams. Love is all of the above. So fuck death. Send postcards to ghosts. These poems are that carnival’s electric promise: to swallow you in weird, transformative light. But that’s no frivolous escape, it’s the desperate attempt “to make / a retina out of my heart.” What to do when fire breaks out in the fun house? Eat it alive." - Nick Sturm, author of HOW TO LIGHT

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The Polychrome Clinic by Caroline Crew

The Polychrome Clinic by Caroline Crew

$10

The 2013 winning chapbook in the MWC Chapbook Competition.

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Apple Season by Cindy Hunter Morgan

Apple Season by Cindy Hunter Morgan

$8

The 2012 winning chapbook in the MWC Chapbook Competition.

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The Canopy by Sandra Marchetti

The Canopy by Sandra Marchetti

$8

The 2011 winning chapbook in the MWC Chapbook Competition.

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Call It A Window by Monica Wendel
The Sinks by Ryan Walsh

The Sinks by Ryan Walsh

$8

The 2010 winning chapbook in the MWC Chapbook Competition.

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Broken Plums on the Sidewalk by Meghan Brinson
The Dark Villages of Childhood by Stephen Frech
THE ATLAS 12
THE ATLAS 11

THE ATLAS 11

$10.00

Annual literary magazine published by the 2016 Young Emerging Writers, featuring works of poetry, fiction, and hybrid writing.

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The Atlas Vol. 10

The Atlas Vol. 10

$10

A collection of poetry and prose by the 2015 Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 9

The Atlas Vol. 9

$10

The 2014 collection of stories, poetry, and photographs by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 8

The Atlas Vol. 8

$5

The 2013 collection of stories, poetry, and plays by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 7

The Atlas Vol. 7

$5

The 2012 collection of stories, poetry, and collaborations by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 6

The Atlas Vol. 6

$5

The 2011 collection of stories, poetry, and collaborations by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 5

The Atlas Vol. 5

$5

The 2012 collection of stories, poetry, and collaborations by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 4

The Atlas Vol. 4

$5

The 2009 collection of stories, poetry, and collaborations by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 3

The Atlas Vol. 3

$5

The 2008 collection of stories, poetry, and prose by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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The Atlas Vol. 2

The Atlas Vol. 2

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The 2007 collection of stories, poetry, and photographs by Young Emerging Writers interns.

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Hero of the Titanic by Lilly Setterdahl
Maiden of the Titanic by Lilly Setterdahl
Bix Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius

Bix Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius

$10.00

Learn about the life of famous Quad Cities USA Jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke!

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Greater Joy Shorter Sorrow Thankful Prayer by Richard Collins
Mr. Farnam’s Guests by Dick Stahl
Black As Caviar by Menno Wigman
Naked Came The Plowman by Midwest Writing Center

Naked Came The Plowman by Midwest Writing Center

$20

A novel written by the 1999 Midwest Writing Center board and employees.

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With Pen In Hand

With Pen In Hand

$15

A book by notable Quad-City writers of the past.

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Off Channel Vol. 1

Off Channel Vol. 1

$7

An anthology of competition poems from the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest featuring the winners and finalists, judged by Rebecca Wee and F. Daniel Rzicznek.

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Off Channel Vol. 2

Off Channel Vol. 2

$7

An anthology of competition poems from the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest featuring the winners and finalists, judged by Louise Mathias and Stephen Frech.

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Off Channel Vol. 3

Off Channel Vol. 3

$7

An anthology of competition poems from the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest featuring the winners and finalists, judged by Don Cellini and Brandi Homan.

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Off Channel Vol. 4

Off Channel Vol. 4

$7

An anthology of poems from the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest featuring winners and finalists, judged by Nate Pritts and Chad Paramenter.

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Off Channel Vol. 5

Off Channel Vol. 5

$8

An anthology of competition poems from the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest featuring the winners and finalists, judged by Lisa Zimmerman.

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Out Loud Anthology Vol. 1

Out Loud Anthology Vol. 1

$7

A collection of works from the 2006 Out Loud Open Mic participants.

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Out Loud Anthology Vol. 2

Out Loud Anthology Vol. 2

$7

A collection of works from the 2007 Out Loud Open Mic participants.

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Out Loud Anthology Vol. 3

Out Loud Anthology Vol. 3

$7

The collection of works from the 2009 Out Loud Open Mic participants.

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Out Loud Anthology Vol. 5

Out Loud Anthology Vol. 5

$7

The collection of works from the 2012 Out Loud reading series.

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Out Loud Anthology Vol. 6

Out Loud Anthology Vol. 6

$7

A collection of works from the 2013 poets at open mics and readings.

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