Interview by Lisa Slage Robinson, Associate Editor, The Fourth River I want to crawl inside Amy Bloom’s head. I want to plant the bulb of my story into the fertile soil of her brain, let the roots take
Jaime Torres grew up in the shadow of GM’s Malleable Iron Plant in Saginaw, MI. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Gina Myers is the author of Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009).
By Rachel Kaufman, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River Karen E. Bender, the Chatham MFA Program 2015 Melanie Brown Lecturer, is a novelist and short story writer whose most recent collection, Refund (Counterpoint Press, 2015), was a finalist for the National Book Award
The two babies, twin sisters, lie next to each other wearing matching pink satin robes and stocking caps. They were alive hours, maybe minutes, maybe not at all. The parents, my neighbors, dressed their daughters for this photo, this photo that is in the local newspapers, where the obituary reads: At least our girls never had to breathe polluted air. I walk past their house, piles of leaves burning throughout the neighborhood, and think of the babies lying next to each other in the hospital bassinet, never knowing the smell of rain.
Diane Payne’s most recent publications include: Map Literary Review, Watershed Review, Tishman Review, Whiskey Island, Kudzu House Quarterly, Superstition Review, Burrow Press, Dime Show Review, Lime Hawk, and Cheat River Review. She has work forthcoming in The Offing, Elke: A little Journal, Crab Fat, Souvenir Literary Journal, Outpost 19, and a chapbook with Blue Lyra Press.
I’m too old for tree climbing, but it turns out being aloft is good for thinking and Kate wants me to think. The sun has disappeared behind the horizon, though there’s still a bit of warmth in the sky
By Akua Lezli Hope Long way is the highway short way follows river goes past farm field fringed with timothy Jerusalem artichoke, dames rockets stone steps to the landing shaded by old willow flat sweep below a twist of