Lifevest is a literary magazine digitally curated by two humans – Hannah and Eric – in Des Moines, Iowa who want to grow as artists and as people paying attention. We believe that the act of creating changes us, encountering others’ creations changes us, and that the joy and discipline of creating is much sustained and enriched by doing so in community. We invite you to join us – as a submitting artist, an occasional or avid reader, or anything in between. We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and accept a variety of genres from poetry to short stories of nonfiction or fiction. We are regular, working all week, laundry to do, cooking dinner, trying to keep up with the news, insecure about our art, people; yet we still need to put pen to paper, to be astonished by what surrounds us, to stay afloat.