Congratulations are in order! Poet Erin Jones and fiction writer E.L. West have been selected as this year’s winners of the Dr. Fred Robbins Memorial Award for Emerging Writers (aka The Robbins Award).
Erin’s poems “Kitchen Wound” and “Hot Mouth” and E.L.’s story “The Better Life” appeared in the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 issue.
Each year, one poet and one prose writer who have not published a full-length volume in their genre will be chosen to receive a cash award of $100.
Long time no see!
Though it’s been a year since our last issue, we are alive and well and happy to announce the new extra-thick issue including terrific work by: Lana Austin, Robert Avery, Cecile Barlier, Robert Busby, Grant Clauser, Chauna Craig, Kyle D. Craig, Molly Damm, Chelsea Dingman, Gulchin A. Ergun, Bryana Fern, Greg Girvan, Juliana Gray, Sarah Janczak, Philip Jason, Erin Jones, Danielle LaVaque-Manty, Abby Lipscomb, Lauren Mallett, Nathan McClain, N. West Moss, William Notter, Irene O’Garden, Naheed Phiroze Patel, Andrew Pryor, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Michelle Brittan Rosado, Suzanne Roszak, Shoshauna Shy, Marjorie Stelmach, Matt Sumpter, E.L. West, and Nathan E. White.
We’ll be posting excerpts and other news soon, but we wanted to get out the news right away.
If you’ve been hankering to check us out, here is the perfect opportunity. You can buy this issue for only $5! Wow!
Note that we will continue in print as an annual journal.
Recently, I talked with Afsheen Farhadi, whose hilariously dark “Green” can be found in our Fall 2014 issue (an excerpt can be found here as well). Here, he reveals his own writing process, some of his favorite recent books, and even teases who he might cast if “Green” were to be made into a movie. Afsheen has also recently completed a new novel, “Voices of Oblivion.”
“Teeth are practically the gateway to the soul,” says Natalie Carson, one of the two thieves who stole dentures for the sake of their artwork. Much of what makes “This Precarious Hive: Denture House at MOMA” such a fantastically disturbing story is Shena McAuliffe’s ability to connect the living and the dead through something as familiar and abject as our own teeth.
“Denture Shop Window”
Eric Parker, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Jessica Afshar’s “The Lake” is startling with its series of absences: a drowning child, a distraught mother, a missing father, and a Dive Rescue Specialist on an absurd search of his own. The sentences are often abrupt and startling, but asks readers to consider the connections between death and survival.
“Ullswater – Lake District” Emma Barr, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Christine Hamm’s “answers” raise more questions than answers. Who is she talking to? What is being asked? Why are the thumbs sewn together? Still, it leaves you asking questions about our own connections. The language is blunt and even a little curt, but with a tinge of desperation for any sort of meaning in our lives.
Rudolf Vicek, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The best humor often comes from horrifying ironies. In Lauren Foss Goodman’s “Frank and the Shark,” Frank is not just an old man who doesn’t understand cell phones, as that would be too easy. Instead, she intertwines Frank’s fate with the shark – two solitary creatures on display, stranded, left to their own devices, and just barely hanging on to their remaining connections.
Albuquerque Biopark, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0