The Fourth River

Posts By: Sheila Squillante

Sheila Squillante

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What’s New at The Fourth River?

By on April 8, 2014

  Quite a lot, actually, so thanks for asking!   1.       The Fourth River, Issue 11 Release! On Tuesday, April 15th, we will launch issue 11, which features poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction from some terrific writers, including Barbara Hurd,


Book Review: One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson

By on March 31, 2014

Doubleday 528 pgs/ $16.86 hardcover Review by Ryan Rydzewski “A most extraordinary summer was about to begin.” -Bill Bryson Hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch a New York skyscraper burn. Thousands more crowd Charles Ponzi’s Boston office, desperate


Book Review: Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak

By on March 19, 2014

Lethe Press, March 2013, 225 pages, $15 Review by Kelly Lynn Thomas After reading Christopher Barzak’s short story collection, Before and Afterlives, you might find yourself looking for mermaids among the bikini-clad women swimming at the beach, or for a


Interview: Adam Tavel

By on March 3, 2014

Adam Tavel received the 2010 Robert Frost Award, and his forthcoming collections are The Fawn Abyss (Salmon, 2014) and Red Flag Up (Kattywompus, 2013), a chapbook. His recent poems appear or will soon appear in West Branch, Indiana Review, Zone


CLOSE READING: “The Pastoral Poem in the Broken World,” by Dilruba Ahmed

By on February 17, 2014

Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), winner of the Bakeless Literary Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, and Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her

Fiction: “Polar Plunge,” by Justin Hermann

By on February 3, 2014

  I’d been noticing the fish girl around Station for weeks. I’d see her in the early morning hours at the lab, dumping coolers of live fish into seawater tanks in the aquarium, or sometimes she’d be tucked away in

2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations

By on November 26, 2013

We’re excited to nominate the following authors and their work for the 2013 Pushcart Prize anthology: Lisa Summe: “Dream #2″ (poetry) Sara Watson: “Now Her Dumb Dog Runs Away” (poetry) Jeanne Wagner: “Prunus suncordata” (poetry) Colin Rafferty: “The Yellow Flowers”

Fiction: “The Inevitable Snake,” by Sonja Crafts

By on November 18, 2013

Captain Bob sang night-boatin’ and whistled as he unroped us from the dock a little after ten. Mom had made plans with him to take his boat out for this, one of those airboats with the giant fans. We weren’t

Word Circus, 11/22

By on November 18, 2013

Friday, Nov. 22 7:30pm Most Wanted Fine Art 5015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224 Presented by the Chatham MFA Creative Writing Program in collaboration with Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, this free monthly reading series features a mix of poetry

Coffee Buddha Reading, 11/19

By on November 18, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 19 8pm Coffee Buddha 964 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237 Please join us for the final Coffee Buddha Reading of the Fall. Again we’ll feature an evening of fiction and poetry from two writers with brand new books: