national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

Issue Two Highlights

The second issue of plain china 2012 went live May 1, featuring work from Bard, American River College, Bennington, Stanford, and the Claremont Colleges. We also feature an honorable mention in fiction—selected by  judge Sue Miller—and artwork from Loyola, the College of Charleston, and the Universities of Vermont, Georgia, and Connecticut.

To whet your appetites for a literary spring, here’s “The Bean Eaters” by Gwendolyn Brooks. Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on May 1, 1950.



They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,
Tin flatware.


Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.


And remembering . . .
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges,
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
            is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths,
            tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.



Happy reading, and check back on June 1 for Issue Three!