Virtual Tip Jar Reading w/Lexie Bean April 1!

Short Line Review will be hosting its first Virtual Tip Jar Reading with Lexie Bean!

Virtual Tip Jar is a virtual reading with artists and authors of all kinds from the comfort of your own home. Rather than pay a standard admission fee, these readings are free, but we highly encourage donations to our features.


Reading via ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 458 523 603

External Text file:///C:/Users/Dena%20Igusti/Downloads/Virtual%20Tip%20Jar%20Reading%20w_%20Lexie%20Bean%20External%20Text.pdf

VENMO: @Alexandria-Bean

Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie’s writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Them, Logo’s New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. They have also performed, curated, and facilitated around the world. Their most recent anthology, “Written on the Body,” with/for fellow trans and non-binary survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence was nominated for a 2019 Lambda Literary Award. In May 2020, their debut middle grade novel, “The Ship We Built,” will come out with Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House.

VENMO: @Alexandria-Bean

Short Line Review is a literary magazine dedicated to celebrating and fostering connections between communities, identities, individuals, and whatever else we navigate in this world.

We are committed to raising the work of marginalized communities, and will prioritize the work, voices, and needs of POC, LGBTQ, femmes, and women.


Short Line Review has an ongoing roster for open positions, features, review requests, folio proposals, and anything else listed below for both our literary magazine and The Lineup, our art news column.

Because we are a small press, we unfortunately cannot compensate monetarily at the moment for any open calls (including volunteer positions). However, we can attach any links to paying methods so people can compensate you however they can.

To apply for any of the following positions, email with the subject “OPEN CALL: [Name of open call you’re responding to],” a brief cover letter stating how you found out about us and why you are interested, a short bio, and 1-3 work samples published or unpublished.


In light of mass cancellations due to recent events, we’d love to use our current digital age to support our writers. We are looking for writers who would feature at online reading series, in which a writer does a reading through live stream and receive tip jar donations directly through their preferred online paying method of choice.

If you have an upcoming project, we also offer an interview feature in The Lineup.

We are looking for volunteer readers for our upcoming issues in poetry, prose, fiction, photography, art, and other potential proposed genres. Must dedicate 8-15 hours a month to read through submissions and score potential work. Priority will go to BIPOC.

We are looking for anyone who is interested in curating a folio in any genre. We will provide promotional material as well as the folio’s own submission system.


We are looking for volunteer writers to write about arts and media based on their own interests! Pitch reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and more to

ON SURVIVING | Cassandra Myers


“The word Survivor links to a history, links to some of us who have not survived.” 

Violence drove me to madness
in an ambulance, that red
white and blue hearse. 

My abusers took turns at the wheel.
Checked me into the hospital.
Waved from behind the glass. 

The intake bed’s parchment dress –
white like every inescapable sheet.
white like the ones icing a gurney –
the body’s final embrace after the wake. 

Lest Us Forget the wake
that morning came for us once,
and can, someday, again. 

Lest Us Forget that surviving outlives us.
That it walks us to the grave.
That it gives us our own private eulogy. 

Lest Us Forget,
those of us that did not make it,
those of us who took the r/pe to the dirt,
took their life as a way to take their life back. 

Let us Forget 

All the hands
and the names
married to each finger
when we count
the small deaths 

Let Us Forget –
The handwritten notes
And the medicine cabinet, and
the cavalry of knives 

Let Us Forget
the escape taxis.
the phone numbers.
tinder profiles. 

Let Us Forget
all of their faces
but never each others
never our own names. 

Let Us Forget
everything that tried to kill us,
including the times we tried to kill us.
Our violent parades, wading into the lake. 

Let Us Forget the lake
Pack up the stones. Leave the rope.
Turn on the car and drive yourself
anywhere, but here. 


Cassandra Myers (they/she), a queer, non-binary, brown, mad, survivor, writes through her threaded intersections with a focus on detangling. The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Champion 2019 and CUPSI 2018 Best Poet, Cassandra has been performing within spoken word and slam poetry spaces for over six years. A MSW candidate at York University, Cassandra is applying narrative therapeutic practises within their work as a social service provider and an arts activist. 

SHARUM Completes First Show Week

SHARUM wraps up the first week of its NYC debut at The Players Theatre, with two weeks left under its Self Production Residency. 

SHARUM, written by Mohammad Murtaza and Dena Igusti, is a documentary theatre piece that follows a Muslim family based in Queens, New York. The story follows the wedding of the oldest daughter, Mariam. Throughout the events of the wedding, all 4 of the siblings are forced to come face to face with the reality of their identities, battling the stigmas around mental health, arranged marriages, drug addiction, and queerness. In the midst of this ceremony, these secrets get exposed to each other and the community around them. SHARUM recalls true events in these scenarios that capture the responses of their parents, and the ways it permanently affects their family dynamic. 

The Muslim-written production had its first run in late 2018 at Hunter College, and is now having its first Off-Broadway run directed by Ray Jordan Achan and co-produced by UNCOMMON;YOU and Eat At The Table Theater Company at The Players Theatre till July 27th. 

“Sharum is an experience that needed to be staged in order to represent the everyday internal and external struggles that Muslims fight through behind closed doors” says Mohammad Murtaza in SHARUM’s end notes. “This play is my love letter to my community – a story for and by Muslim Americans. It’s also my fight with my community –  a shout at the uncles and aunties, and mulvis, and imaams, and ammis and abus, who don’t recognize their children for who they are; a mix of two cultures.”

“This production is a love letter to every haram auntie, uncle, sibling, cousin, and family friend who stops showing up to the mosque during Eid.” says Dena Igusti. “Shame manifests in ways beyond the jeering eyes of gossiping folks at the mosque. It can be internal, external, presented as protection, concern, and sometimes love. Muslims are constantly forced to navigate life and identity though shame from both Islamophobia as well as community stigma that comes with their other intersecting identities. SHARUM not only addresses various perspectives of what it means to be Muslim, but how there isn’t a ‘right’ way to do right by those around you.”

“So often in our theater cannon do we not see stories of Muslim Americans depicted. This production offers a perspective into the conflicts that arise as generations and cultural values clash. It is a story about love and family and the lessons we learn from them.” writes Ray Jordan Achan at the end of SHARUM’s program. 

SHARUM will continue its run till July 27th at The Players Theatre. For tickets and discounts, click here.