The Best of Halfway Down the Stairs, 2010-2015

by the editorial staff
In December 2010, for the first time, the editorial team had the extremely difficult job of picking our favorite pieces from the previous five years of the life of Halfway Down the Stairs.  And here we are doing this again for our tenth year of publication.  It was no less difficult this time around.  

We hope you enjoy revisiting these wonderful pieces of work at the links below.


MARCH 2011, HAUNTED


The Storm on Promise Land Road, by Ken Teutsch | fiction
Certified, by Maryann Ullmann | fiction

JUNE 2011, TIME


Danaus plexippus: The Monarch King, by Cora Gray | nonfiction
A-drift in Time, by Linda McHenry | nonfiction
Disposable, by Julianne Pachicho | fiction
When He Leaves, by Susan Rooke | poetry

SEPTEMBER 2011, WE ALL FALL DOWN


My Grandfather's Gift, by Matthew Zanoni Müller | nonfiction
The Red Dress, by M. B. Wallace | fiction
Ketchup, by Jeff Wood | fiction

DECEMBER 2011, FAREWELL


Bench, by Lizi Gilad Silver | poetry
Goodbye, by Jude Goodwin | poetry

MARCH 2012, MYSTERY


Timeshare, by Regina Clarke | fiction
Singing the Dogs to Sleep, by Steven Klepetar | poetry
A Hungry Wave, by Rob Spiegel | poetry

JUNE 2012, PERSUASION


Juvenilia, by Duncan Campbell | poetry

SEPTEMBER 2012, CHAOS


Up There, by Fiona Lesley Bennett | poetry
Meticulous, by Mitch Grabois | poetry
Here and There, by Bradford Philen | fiction

DECEMBER 2012, VILLAINOUS


Ophelia, by Ed Higgins | poetry

MARCH 2013, TOMORROW


hair today, gone tomorrow
, by Lance Manion | fiction
Those Silenced by the Storms, by Susan Rooke | poetry

JUNE 2013, BEAUTY


At the Hotel El Loro, by Rebecca Burns | fiction
Saint Augustine Grass, by Barbra Daniels | poetry
Beautiful Scents, by Tina Wayland | fiction
Tumbleweed, by Ellen Woods | nonfiction

SEPTEMBER 2013, ILLUSIONS


The Planet Hunter’s Headache, by Mikaela von Kursell | poetry

MARCH 2014, ADVENTURE


Clarineros, by Michelle Donahue | poetry
Stalking, by B.J. Yudelson | nonfiction

JUNE 2014, POSSESSION


She Dreams of Flying, by John Vicary | fiction

SEPTEMBER 2014, DISAPPEAR


The Land of Totuaba
, by Rachel Dacus | nonfiction
the music of lost men, by Carol Shillibeer | poetry
Horn Scars, by Sven Toorvald | fiction

MARCH 2015, HISTORY


Touching, by Trica Knoll | poetry
Lady in the Blue Sash, by Kim Newton | nonfiction
A Good Day to be Born, by Tony Press | fiction

JUNE 2015, STRANGERS


The Absence of Light, by Sarah T. Jewell | poetry



Selected by Joseph Murphy, Stacy Wennstrom, Carrie Bachler, Sherri Miller and Alison Stedman
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