issue two


last exit | issue two

fiction | excerpt | nonfiction | poetry



Bottle Rocket by Chelsea Voulgares
Other Women: Three Flash Fictions by Cathy Ulrich
Decisions by Rhonda Schlumpberger



A Vision from The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter



Where Does the Ocean Go? by A.T.



Litany by Chloe N. Clark
Circles and Nothing / This is Where I Live by Mike Sakasegawa
Doomed to repeat it by Sarah Bigham
Keeping Them Down by Ben Nardolilli
northern towns in winter / journey to Snowdonia by Paul Robert Mullen
Banshee / Doppleganger by Marvin Shackelford


issue two masthead

Editor & Founder:
Julia Dixon Evans is the author of the novel How to Set Yourself on Fire (Dzanc Books, 2018). Her work can be found in McSweeney’s, Barrelhouse, Pithead Chapel, New York Tyrant Books, Hobart, Triangle House, Literary HubSan Diego CityBeat, The A.V. Club, and elsewhere, and her story “Vinegar on the Lips of Girls” won the 2019 National Magazine Award for Fiction. She writes the weekly Culture Report for Voice of San Diego. More at Twitter: @juliadixonevans

Senior Fiction Editor:
Ryan Bradford is the founding editor of Black Candies, a journal of literary horror and dark fiction. His work can be found in Paper Darts, Hobart, [PANK], Quarterly West and elsewhere, and he is a columnist for San Diego CityBeat. More at Twitter: @theryanbradford

Senior Poetry Editor:
Heather Sweeney earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in 2016 where she was the Allen Ginsberg Fellow.  Her chapbook Just Let Me Have This was published by Selcouth Station Press in the summer of 2018. Most recently, her poetry appears or is forthcoming in the tiny, Pidgeonholes, Pacifica Literary Review, The Hunger, Moonchild, Expat Press, Bad Pony, Bombay Gin, Summer Stock, and White Stag.  Currently, she lives in San Diego, California where she writes, does visual art, and teaches yoga.

Poetry Editor:
Stephanie Westgate is a queer/trans poet from San Diego. Her work can be seen in Last Exit, the Acorn Review, and forthcoming in Madwomen etc. She writes her truth. At night she masquerades as Batgirl. Her social media accounts are private– ask to be her friend in real life.

Apprentice Fiction Editor:
Jesus Mendoza Downey is a writer from San Diego. His fiction appears in Apogee and he has attended the Tin House Summer Workshop and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He is on Instagram @jmendozadowney

Reader and Editor-at-large:
Madeline Gobbo is a writer, illustrator and bookseller living in Los Angeles. Madeline’s writing has appeared in The Jellyfish Review, Foglifter, Wolfman New Life Quarterly, Cosmonauts Avenue, Queen Mob’s Teahouse and Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable. Madeline’s collaborative fiction with Miles Klee has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Territory, Joyland, Protean, Wigleaf and more. With Jessica Placzek, Madeline co-produced season 3 of SFMOMA’s podcast Raw Material. She is at work on her debut children’s book, Kir Has Hair.

The cover image for this issue was taken by Julia Dixon Evans