Volume II, Issue II

February 25, 2018

Welcome to Volume II, Issue II of Cat on a Leash Review! Putting together this issue has been a profound experience for us at COLR. The stories in it contain topics that are near and dear to our hearts, like mental illness, LQBTQIA issues, feminism, and anti-racism. Simply put, we are honored to present you these short stories and flash fiction pieces. They represent all that we strive for in this magazine—diverse topics from a wide range of writers with a skill for telling stories that resonate.

Furthermore, this issue would not have been possible to create, were it not for you, our faithful readers and subscribers. Thank you for taking the time to read our magazine and follow us on social media. Short fiction is often an underappreciated art form, which is why we deeply appreciate those who read it!

We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. It is truly a unique compilation of works. Also, if you like what you read here, be sure to subscribe so you never miss a future issue


​The Editors

by Kyle Getz

Kyle is a writer and co-host Gayish, a podcast that deconstructs gay stereotypes, which was nominated for Best LGBTQ Podcast in 2017. Kyle’s writing has been published in The James Franco Review, Milk Journal, and Choice Magazine. More of his work is available at www.kylegetz.com.Follow Kyle on Twitter: @whatkylewants.

​by Annie Blake

Annie Blake is an Australian writer, thinker and researcher. Her main interests include psychoanalysis, metaphysics and metacognition. Her poem ‘These Grey Streets’ was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize by Vine Leaves Literary Journal and her fiction ‘How I Swallowed a Snake’ has been nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize by The Slag Review. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Education and is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne and Existentialist Society in Melbourne. You can find her on Facebook.

by Cody Chesmore

Cody Chesmore is a teacher at Hawkeye Community College. He currently resides in New Hampton, IA, with his cat, whom he is rather upset with as she can neither read nor edit his work. In addition to Cat On A Leash Review, he has published in The Madras Mag, The Literary Nest, Peeking Cat Poetryand an anthology with other various writers entitled Exes. His aspirations include sharing late night drinks with strangers and elaborately explaining that there is more to Iowa than corn.

by Elahe Zare

​Elahe Zare is a traveler and writer, with a love of words and languages. She has lived in such diverse places as Turkey and Norway, but is currently based in Seattle, WA, with her partner and infant son. She has both too much time on her hands, and too little.

by Abby Rose Beck

Abby Rose Beck is a teenage writer from the Seattle area with goals involving a career in writing and editing. She enjoys psychology, singing, running, and hiking. She plans to apply to local colleges, earn her degree in English, and publish her first novel within the next five years so she can finally have something impressive to write about in writer bios.

by Daniel Scherrer

Daniel grew up in the 1980’s with a profound and undiagnosed case of ADHD. His career aspirations before the age of 16 included Hollywood stunt man, Nobel prize winning chemist, professional breakdancer, parapsychologist, escape artist, and professional wrestler. Unfortunately, he has yet to realize any of those ambitions. Instead he lives those dreams by writing about them. He is supported by his beautiful wife and four talented kids.

by Erin Lehmann

Erin Lehmann is a marketer and freelance writer living in Portland, OR. She is perpetually caught in abstract thought webs. Her three professional truths are knowledge, challenge, and innovation. In her free time she is running, biking, and eating her way around the city with her partner. Follow her on Twitter: @Lehla3

​by Charles Haddox

Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas, on the Texas-Mexico border, and has family roots in both countries. His work has appeared in a number of journals including Concho River Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Corium Magazine and The Summerset Review.

by Gab Halasz

Gab Halasz is the only girl in a family of five children. Even as a small child she had always been more interested in space ships and magic wands than frilly collars and tea parties. These days, when not outside tending her guinea fowl and chickens, you will find her scribbling stories where women can be heroes too.​