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Text by Mary Haidri

Artwork by Melissa Gordon

(Winner of the 2019 New Alchemy Contest)

Mary Haidri is the author of the play Every Path (La Jolla Playhouse). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pigeon Pages, The Molotov Cocktail, Winter Tangerine, Portland Review, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She was the recipient of the 2017 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Award and the 2018 Shadow Award. She is a collaborator of Nettleworks, a creative theater collective. Visit her and her work at

Melissa Gordon is a multimedia artist who lives just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Melissa received her Master of Fine Art degree in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her artwork varies from hand-painted miniature landscape necklaces, to collaborative theatrical projects, to large-scale permanent public artwork. These days you can find her being a hermit in studio or teaching art to college students. Visit her and her work at