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Dead Skunk Logo: round logo of a white skunk silhouette on a black background with the words “Dead Skunk” in cursive. “Dead” is neon purple and “Skunk” is neon yellow.

Merie Kirby earned her M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Grand Forks, ND and teaches at the University of North Dakota. She is the author of The Dog Runs On and The Thumbelina Poems. In 2016 and 2013 she received North Dakota Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grants. Her poems have appeared in Quartet Journal, Sheila-na-gig Online, and other journals, with work forthcoming in West Trade Review and Mom Egg Review. Her favorite soda is Basic Swamp Water: equal parts root beer and Orange Crush. You can find her online at

At the bottom left corner a left hand casting purple shadows of the palm and fingers long across the rest of the image. The entire image is purple tinted.



Header image by BuddyM, Getty Images

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