Issue Six (Fall 2014)Issue Six is super-dope. It’s got a story by J. Robert Lennon plumbing the funny funny depths of husbandship, Lisa Beebe with a story that doubles as instructions for the proper construction and zoning procedures for a backyard igloo within Baltimore city limits, Matthew Gavin Frank on the Nevada Cocktail and its connection to Auschwitz, and poems by the likes of Raena Shirali, Ricky Garni, MRB Chelko, Nicholas Wong, John Gallaher, Sampurna Chattarji, Melissa Barrett, slp, Thea Brown, Avni Vyas, and Meghan Privitello, not to mention work by a dozen other contributors that will straight-up blow your mind. [Read it, fool.]


Issue Five (Summer 2014)Nothing says “summer jams” quite like demonic possession, dogs mauling and devouring weird night-visitors, or the legal and ethical complications of genetic research, amiright? Issue Five’s got all of that, plus the winners and runners up of our inaugural Fiction and Poetry Prizes, ceramics performance art by Teri Frame, an essay about Philip Seymour Hoffman, addiction, and the Keystone XL pipeline by Nicole Walker, and poems by lyrical juggernauts including Mary Jo Bang, Donna Stonecipher, Kerri Webster, Betsy Wheeler, John Estes, and eight-or-so other purveyors of literary greatness.  [Get it.]


Issue Four (Spring 2014)What was so amazing about Issue Four? Well, Glenn Shaheen’s text-based RPG adventure “POET The Game,” for starters. Plus a multimedia essay by Shena McAuliffe; not-quite-categorizable poem/essay things by Kate Partridge, new poems by fine folks like Catie Rosemurgy, Dan Beachy-Quick, Jennifer MacKenzie, Anna Maria Hong, Carrie Fountain, and Paul Otremba; fiction by Laura Schadler, Jennifer A. Howard, and Bridget Apfeld; paintings by Leo Katunaric, photos by Stefanie Schneider, and installations by Paul Ferragut; and about a dozen other bundles of basically the best stuff ever.  [Go there.]

FALL 2013

Issue Three (Fall 2013)Issue Three was pretty great, right? Remember those interactive comics by Katya Apekina? That multimedia essay by Steve Wasserman about an international criminal, the Backstreet Boys, and the meaning of love? Those new stories by Chantel Tattoli and Claire Harlan Orsi? The lyric essay about eating disorders and body image by Emily Carr? Lesley Wolff’s exclusive interview with (and recipes by!) Slow Food Superhero Nancy Singleton Hachisu? That new poem by poetry legend Fanny Howe? Those collaborative poetry projects from tag teams Elisa Gabbert/Kathleen Rooney and Monica Berlin/Beth Marzoni? Well you can’t remember if you haven’t  [read them, pal.]


Issue Two (Spring 2013)Issue Two featured Anna Journey’s multimedia lyric essay “Widowmaker: How to Get Struck by Lightning,” an essay from David S. MacLean titled “That You Ever Saw,” a mashup soundboard called “Death Row Records Presents The Waste Land,” new stories by Paula Bomer and Chaitali Sen, drawings by Terrell James, and poems from the likes of Heather Christle, Farnoosh Fathi, Geoffrey Nutter, and David Wojciechowski. Not to mention all the awesome stuff we’re not mentioning here! You should go  [read the rest.]

FALL 2012

Issue One (Fall 2012)Our debut issue sure was amazing, what with Elena Passarello’s epic mixed-media essay about Frank Sinatra, Jason Polan’s drawings of trees in Central Park, Alison Stine’s lyric essay on the subject of loneliness, the now-infamous Flannery O’Connor Soundboard, new fiction from S. E. Smith, Chad Simpson, Anjali Sachdeva, and Kirby Johnson, Aaron Gilbreath’s audio essay and interview with a member of Portland, Oregon’s homeless community, poems from such notables as Graham Foust, Bruce Smith, Shane McCrae, Samuel Amadon, Kara Candito, Melissa Broder, Paul Killebrew, and Sandra Simonds. And you haven’t read it yet?!?!  [Give us a break.]


Following the launch of Issue Seven in August, Better will be going on a hiatus as we reconsider our editorial and publishing structures. Thank you for your patience!


Cruise through our archives, below! Soon, we hope to make all of our content searchable. But until we can get a handle on all that complicated javascript or PHP or whatever, we hope a little tried and true alphabetization will do.


Katya Apekina
Jenn Brehm
Rachel Day
Paul Ferragut
Teri Frame
Terrell James
Line Kallmayer
Leo Katunaric
Mr. Let’s Paint TV
Jason Polan
Stefanie Schneider
Zachary Tate Porter
Peter Van Hyning
Jeannie Vanasco
Grant Willing


Will Arbery
Nick Lantz


Katya Apekina
Lacy Arnett
Paula Bomer
Andrew Brininstool
Matt Dojny
John Henry Fleming
Jessica Halliday
Jennifer A. Howard
Kirby Johnson
Claire Harlan Orsi
Anjali Sachdeva
Laura Schadler
Chaitali Sen
Chad Simpson
R. T. Smith
S. E. Smith
Chantel Tattoli
Corey Zeller


Emily Carr
Laura E. Davis
Brandel France de Bravo
Aaron Gilbreath
Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Anna Journey
Line Kallmayer
Joy Katz
Alexandra Kimball
David S. MacLean
Shena McAuliffe
Ben Merriman
Kate Partridge
Elena Passarello
Rob Schlegel
Alison Stine
Johanna Stoberock
Nicole Walker
Steve Wasserman


Katya Apekina
Death Row Records Presents
      The Waste Land

Flannery O'Connor Soundboard
Eric LeMay’s ‘Threat Lexicon’
Ben Merriman
Poetry Bingo
Glenn Shaheen’s
      “POET The Game”


Janelle Adsit
Samuel Amadon
Bridget Apfeld
Will Arbery
Elizabeth Arnold
Mary Jo Bang
Dan Beachy-Quick
Claire Becker
Ryan Bender-Murphy
Monica Berlin
Melissa Broder
Kara Candito
Sam Cha
Dan Chelotti
Ching-In Chen
Heather Christle
Lisa Ciccarello
Darin Ciccotelli
John Lee Clark
Jennifer Denrow
Christopher DeWeese
Natalie Eilbert
John Estes
Jessica Farquhar
Farnoosh Fathi
Jessica Fjeld
Stephanie Ford
Carrie Fountain
Graham Foust
Kit Frick
Elisa Gabbert
Jules Gibbs
Tyler Gobble
Alen Hamza
H. L. Hix
Anna Maria Hong
Fanny Howe
Krzysztof Jaworski
Thomas Kane
Paul Killebrew
Eric Kocher
Lo Kwa Mei-en
Nick Lantz
Eric LeMay
Margaret LeMay
Matthew Lippman
Aditi Machado
Jennifer MacKenzie
Beth Marzoni
Kyle McCord
Shane McCrae
Alice Miller
Andrew Nance
Geoffrey Nutter
Geoffrey G. O'Brien
Brian Oliu
Paul Otremba
Marc Paltrineri
Kate Partridge
Christopher Rey Pérez
Allan Peterson
Jessica Poli
Lynne Potts
Nina Puro
Thibault Raoult
Anne Marie Rooney
Kathleen Rooney
Catie Rosemurgy
Dan Rosenberg
Lauren Russell
M. C. Rush
Tomaž Šalamun
Jordan Sanderson
Dara-Lyn Shrager
Sandra Simonds
Ed Skoog
Bruce Smith
Claire Sylvester Smith
Cindy St. John
Donna Stonecipher
Jacob Sunderlin
Russel Swensen
Gale Marie Thompson
Emily Toder
David Wojciechowski
Beth Woodcome Platow
Henry Walters
Kerri Webster
Betsy Wheeler
Lesley Yalen
Laurie Saurborn Young