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Telling Two Stories in One Breath: An Interview with Tyehimba Jess

By on July 12, 2013

by Jessica Kinnison     American poet Tyehimba Jess entered the MFA program at New York University in 2002 with half of his poetry book leadbelly written. His colleagues knew what he was going to bring to every workshop—another leadbelly

Monsters, Video Games, and Design: An Interview with Rebecca King

By on July 5, 2013

by Lori Barrett     Rebecca King is the Founding Editor and Designer at Origami Zoo Press. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in 2011. Her fiction has appeared in decomP Magazine, >kill author, Dogzplot, and others. The Fourth

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Review: Solecism, by Rosebud Ben-Oni

By on July 5, 2013

Reviewed by Linda M. Robertson   Solecism Rosebud Ben-Oni ISBN 978-0-944048-50-4 Virtual Artist Collective   In a 2010 interview for Camera Obscura, Rosebud Ben-Oni says, “The identity of a Mexican bordertown is problematic; the transience, violence and instability of its

Fiction: “Rewilding,” by Heidi Diehl

By on June 20, 2013

From the porch, Mitchell watched his daughter Jamie roll her sleeping bag on the lawn. The rest of the gear was already packed in the van: tents, mess kits, tarps. Mitchell had been collecting camping supplies secondhand for years, and

Where the Lion is also the Lion Tamer: An Interview with Salgado Maranhão and Alexis Levitin

By on April 5, 2013

by Leah Brennan     Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão often writes about the dry, harsh landscape of Brazil’s northeast region where he was born. He credits his love for language to his mother and her support of the poets who

Interview: Luis Alberto Urrea

By on April 2, 2013

By Linda M. Robertson Luis Alberto Urrea is the son of a Mexican father and an American mother. The critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 13 books, Urrea has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction, and essays. The Devil’s Highway,

Review: Stay Awake, by Don Chaon

By on March 24, 2013

Reviewed by: Heather Price   Stay Awake Dan Chaon ISBN 978-0-345-53037-0 Ballantine, 2012   The approach a reader takes to a short story collection is very different than how he or she approaches a novel. I’ve heard it compared to

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Review: Theft, by BK Loren

By on March 16, 2013

Reviewed by Luke See   Theft B.K. Loren ISBN 978-1-58243-819-1 Counterpoint Berkeley, 2012   In the opening pages of B.K. Loren’s debut novel Theft, three children gather around a dying bird. It is a quiet scene held together with nuance and

Wolves, Language Acoustics, and Exhaustion: An Interview with Matt Bell

By on February 28, 2013

by Chris Burlingame   Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found (2010, Keyhole Press) and Cataclysm Baby (2012, Mud Luscious Press), as well as three chapbooks. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, and American Short

The Science of Inspiration: An Interview with Aubrey Hirsch

By on February 13, 2013

by Caroline Horwitz Aubrey Hirsch taught in Chatham’s MFA program before moving to Colorado Springs for the Daehler Fellowship from Colorado College. She has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in several literary journals. Two of her nonfiction essays we discussed