Just In

Poetry Daily gives us a nod!

This past Wednesday, Poetry Daily featured a piece from the new issue, Jason Sommer’s poem “Incident at the Mother’s.

Yay us!

19 May 2017

Just In

New Double-Issue Released!

Huzzah! This terrific issue – our second issue in our new once-a-year publication schedule – went into the mail last week.  We don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the wait. The Spring 2017 features a special tribute to our retiring faculty member and former editor Allison Funk.  It also includes exciting work from old friends and new, including poetry by Glynis Benbow-Niemier, Anastasia Stelse, Don Bogen, F.  Daniel Rzicznek, Jennifer Atkinson, Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, Richard Prins, Lesley Jenike, Cameron Morse, Allison Funk, Jane O. Wayne, Jason Sommer, Cindy King, Raphael Maurice, Cleopatra Mathis, Akpa Arinzechukwu, Kathy O’Fallon, Cynthia A. Campbell, Andrea Hollander, Eric Pankey, Jenna Bazzell, Howard Levy, Steffannie Alter, John Sibley Williams, and prose by Stephanie Dickinson, Pamela Gullard, Jennifer Gravley, Kim Bussing, Teresa Milbrodt, Rebecca Moon Ruark, Aaron Tillman, Elizabeth Grimsley, Sean Prentiss, Maxim Loskutoff, Jennifer Case, Michael Don, Kirie Pedersen, Beth Sherman, Fredrick Soukup, Brian Howlett, Dylan Brie Ducey, Melanie Ritzenthaler, Joseph Levens, Sean Jackson, Ander Monson, Abby Norwood, and Katrina Knebel.

For a limited time, you can buy this issue for only $5 — that’s $3 off the cover price! Just click the link on the right!

12 May 2017

Q & A

A Chat with Afsheen Farhadi, Author of “Green”

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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.”

Read the entire Q & A.

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“Green screen”
Sam Greenhalgh, used under CC BY-SA 2.0

27 April 2015

Flashbacks

“This Precarious Hive: Denture House at MOMA”

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“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.

Read an excerpt.

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“Denture Shop Window”
Eric Parker, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

12 March 2015

Flashbacks

“The Lake”

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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.

 

Read an excerpt.

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“Ullswater – Lake District” Emma Barr, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

30 March 2015

Flashbacks

“The Answer Sheet”

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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.

 

Read the poem.

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“Notebook”
Rudolf Vicek, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

23 March 2015

Flashbacks

“Frank and the Shark”

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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.

Read an excerpt.

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“Sandbar Shark”
Albuquerque Biopark, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

15 March 2015