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Summer 2018

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In this issue:

Featured Poet:

Will H. Blackwell Jr.

My Journey to Speculative Poetry

By JD DeHart

Edited by Tyree Campbell

Cover art "Spaceport Beggar" [after Emshwiller] by Marge Simon

Cover design by Laura Givens

Vol. XIV, No. 4 July 2018 Illumen [ISSN: 1558-9714] is published quarterly on the 1st days of January, April, July, and October in the United States of America by Alban Lake Publishing, P.O. Box 141, Colo, Iowa, 50056-0141. Copyright 2018 by Alban Lake Publishing. All rights revert to authors and artists upon publication except as noted in selected individual contracts. Nothing may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the authors and artists. Any similarity between places and persons mentioned in the fiction or semi-fiction and real places or persons living or dead is coincidental. Writers and artists guidelines are available online at Guidelines are also available upon request from Alban Lake, P.O. Box 141, Colo, Iowa, USA, 50056-0141, if request is accompanied by a SASE #10 envelope with a 49-cent US stamp. Editor: Tyree Campbell. Subscriptions: $28 for one year [4 issues], $54 for two years [8 issues]. Single copies $8.00 postage paid in the United States. Subscriptions to Canada: $18 for one year, $34 for two years. Single copies $10.00 postage paid to Canada. U.S. and Canadian subscribers remit in U.S. funds. All other countries inquire about rates.


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Featured Poet: Will H. Blackwell Jr.

My Journey to Speculative Poetry by JD DeHart


The Spybot by Lori Jensen

tanka and scifaiku by Christina Sng

The Last Asylum by Helen Patrice

scifaiku by Guy Belleranti

Sea Witch by Marge Simon

In Days to Come by Lisa Timpf

Après le Deluge: Le Nouveau Paleolithique by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

After by Lisa Timpf

The Army of Stone by C. J. Carter-Stephenson

The Chinese Pirate Ching Shih Returns Ten Gold

Coins to Their Original Owner by Kendall Evans

Waiting for the Shoots from the Shroud by Fabiyas M. V.

What We’ve Left by Holly Day

Am Lidrand by Dennis Mombauer

New from Shelly Bryant:


The Spybot

Lori Jensen

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