Antioch University MFA Creative Writing Program Releases 21st Lunch Ticket Issue

The literary and arts journal published a diverse group of voices from around the world in its latest issue.

Lunch ticket, the literary and arts journal of the low-residency MFA community in creative writing at Antioch University, has published its 21st issue featuring work by writers, artists, and translators from around the world. These pieces embody Lunch Ticket’s mission to balance cutting-edge literary and visual art with conversations about social justice and community activism.

“The artists we are honoring in this issue of Lunch ticket shared beautiful and poignant work, each piece being entirely different from the next,” says Barbara Platts, editor of Lunch Ticket. “Variety speaks not only to the eclectic world we inhabit, but also to the power of the human spirit in difficult times.”

Pieces featured include an interview with 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Diane Seuss, a series of digital photographs by writer and filmmaker Pawel Grajnert, and a young adult piece by author and social worker Kristin Bartley Lenz. Contemporary artist Peter Bardazzi also contributed a series of paintings for the magazine’s Amuse-Bouche section.

Lunch ticket is host to two literary awards in each issue. For the 21st issue, the winner of the Diana Woods Memorial Award, which was judged by author and journalist Meredith Talusan, is “The Girl in Turquoise Eyeshadow”, by Nimisha Kantharia. The winner of the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation and Multilingual Texts, which was judged by poet and translator Alana Marie Levinson LaBrosse, is “Seven Poems by Humberto Ak’abal”, translated by Michael Bazzett.

“I hope as you read these articles you will remember that despite the challenges we face around the world, we are not alone,” says Platts. “We will continue to try to make sense of this world together.”

Lunch ticket publishes interviews, personal essays and handcrafted annotations alongside the best in creative non-fiction, fiction, flash prose, literary translation, poetry, visual arts and writing for young people by new, emerging and established writers.

About the lunch ticket: Founded in 2012, Lunch Ticket is the literary and artistic journal of the MFA community at Antioch University Los Angeles. The publication strives to balance cutting-edge literary and visual art with conversations about social justice and community activism. The journal publishes interviews, personal essays, and handcrafted annotations alongside top nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, literary translation, poetry, visual art, and writing for young people by new writers. , emerging and established. The name Lunch Ticket honors Antioch University’s historic focus on issues that affect working class and underserved communities. The journal publishes writers and artists who have been marginalized and underrepresented or historically misrepresented and welcomes work that addresses issues of social, economic and environmental justice. We’re here to foster community and build a future with fairness in publishing. To learn more about Lunch Ticket and to see the latest issue, visit

About Antioch University

Antioch University was founded in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Its first president was Horace Mann, the father of public education in the United States. Antioch’s mission is to provide learner-centered education to equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University is a national university with campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Yellow Springs, Ohio; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; and Seattle as well as residency or distance learning programs through the Graduate School of Leadership and Change and Antioch University Online. A bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education, Antioch University is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 institution and has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927. academic departments include undergraduate studies; Psychology, Counseling and Therapy; Education; environmental studies and sustainability; direction and management; and literary creation. For more information, visit