The stories that unite us, and sometimes drive us apart.

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Archetypes is a crafted collection of stories, poems and essays that explore the beliefs, hopes, and dreams that tie us all together—and sometimes drive us apart.

Inside is the story of bitter, homeless writer, typing lines for unsuspecting patrons; and one of an unlikely connection between a man and a queen bee. The poetry sweeps from lost legacy to iconic cartoon. There’s an essay by an author who asks, “how can we take back the image of a Swastika.”

It’s unlike anything we’ve published before, just like you’d expect.

Guest Editors

William Trowbridge
Former Poet Laureate of the State of Missouri

Rebecca Lee
Author of Bobcat and Other Stories



David Gilmore
Desirée Jung
Tim Keppel
Riley Manning
Olivia Martinson
Claire Oleson
Sharon Snow Pinson
Jeremy Townley
Terrance Wedin

Creative Nonfiction

Sylvia Beato
Laura Bernstein-Machlay
Gayle Brandeis


Allen Braden
William Doreski
Randall Freisinger
Ron Koertge
Dylan Loring
Jo McDougall
Jim Peterson
Lisa Randall
Richard Robbins
Robert Stewart
Jessica Stilling
Lauren Suchenski
Miles Waggener
Maryfrances Wagner
Charles Harper Webb

Art by

Jared Wright
Cover & Interior Art

Sean Tucker
Design & Layout

From the Editor (Excerpt)

“If art is successful, it often discomfits, and it most often discomfits when it shines an unflattering light onto our world. The works within this issue have taught me that even though archetypes are formative concepts, exploring them to the edges of the map can teach us some groundbreaking truths.

It’s what we do with those truths that matters.

Welcome, reader, to one of the most fascinating issues of Bridge Eight I’ve yet had the pleasure of editing.”

Jessica Hatch
Managing Editor





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