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 Kelly Kepner, Managing Editor, The Fourth River This year marked a decade of the Melanie Brown Lecture Series at Chatham University. The Fourth River honored the series and its acclaimed writers by featuring the work of previous Melanie
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 green hills
a cool, brush-furred curve, a cluster
of pretty homes spaced far apart
roadlines ascend to private lands
past the corrals of Crystal stables and Bottchners’ landing
where tobacco grew families, now sunflowers
strawberries, black berries, Christmas trees
where the mountain lion made the news
and disappeared on its way to Connecticut
this short cut is the beauty way
too narrow said the driver
for the school bus.
Akua Lezli Hope is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, and metal to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, adornments and peace whenever possible. Her manuscript, Them Gone, won Red Paint Hill’s Editor’s Prize wand will be published in fall 2016. She has published 114 crochet designs.
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
We are happy to share the news that Queering Nature contributor, Alaina Symanovich, has had her essay, “The M Word,” included in the 2016 Best of the Net anthology! You can read Alaina’s essay at the above link, or find