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He is a ventriloquist with his own doll Sailor Boy. Pritchett Prize, and has had her stories published in Carvezine Sepia, www. It will be published this year by Spuyten Duyvil. Most recently she won the Start Chapbook Fiction competition; three of her stories including All Bones will be published in a limited-edition volume in October Mia is now working on her second novel. My story Letting Go was the second prize winner in and published in the Fish Anthology.

It centred on a confrontation between an elderly former Nazi war criminal and a man who had dedicated his life to hunting him down, for reasons that turn out to be more complex than they at first appear. Being among the prize winners affected my life in two ways. Firstly there was the social and personal side. This began at the award ceremony in Bantry, but continued into my week at Anam Cara and my life in London afterwards.

It changed my self-image and gave me the permission to take myself a little more seriously as a writer. Reviews for this collection have been very positive, but sales have been slow.

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Everybody tells me that it is almost impossible to sell short stories, but that is what I actually want to write. Her short stories have been widely published, anthologised, translated into several languages, broadcast on BBC radio and handed out on London Underground. She has won awards for flash fiction, and regularly judges literary short fiction competitions.

A collection of flash fiction, Mood Swings is forthcoming in Vanessa is contributing editor for a forthcoming guide on writing short fiction. All the aforesaid either to, for, by, with or from Salt Publishing. Their potential to amaze both writer and reader is immeasurable. She has her own magazine for writing by those whose lives have been touched by addiction, at www. For further information: www. Karl currently works as a research scientist in the mechanical engineering department at the M. He is currently one of the judges of the Fish Short Story Prize She has also, fortunately, broken free of the Civil Service.

With the prisoners we uncovered raw truths, mined lived-in lives and explored what it is like to hit rock bottom and come up again. This work confirmed for me that writing is liberating and an agent of transformation. Rory has written in a desultory and sometimes compulsive fashion since he was a kid some unmentionable years ago. He writes poetry finally published short stories, published plays performed , films some made , radio scripts dreadful and anything that tries to make money, but never really does.

This novel may get him arrested for innuendo, depravity, slander and general self-abuse. When people actually do read his work, they feel pity and give him awards- twice the Caine Prize for African writing and of course the Fish nomination, which he was hoping to win because he was in overdraft. But it got him into terrible trouble , because as our president Mugabe has said on numerous occasions, Zimbabwe is the only country in the world where there were no homosexuals until the filthy white colonialists came and infected them with their depravity and things like that.

Now, in-between his languishing in prison with other depraved black dissenters who remember our president from his heady days of same sex incarceration ,he teaches literature, writing and drama. The reason is simple — he is too old to be a rent boy. Even Fish asked him to teach writing in , but there has been a terrible silence ever since then. He also directs theatre- the latest being the fabulous financial loss with five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival called Sing!

Which comes to the kernel of this man. When he is serious and depressed, he writes deeply meaningful stories ranging from gender discrimination, sex and African farmers who have been thrown off their lands because they did not like the blacks. When he has taken his pills, he writes stories about black farmers who do not like the whites and throw other black farmers off their land. He can be witty, sensuous, rude and he is normally ejected from parties for drinking too much. He is rather a weird chap, but than no Zimbabweans are normal. I live and write in Hastings. It was broadcast in the same year.

This was one of the monologues for which I received an Arts Council bursary to write a collection. The joys! Still writing poems and stories and plays and half a novel. Oh what Id give for the other half! Still very pleased and proud to have been in a Fish publication. She is currently seeking an agent and publisher for her first short story collection Sweet Sugarcane Secrets. Worked in Los Angeles, California, as a lawyer in the aerospace industry by day and wrote fiction by night, a thoroughly schizophrenic existence. Exit Aerospace. Some stories are forming a chrysalis which, if subjected to the right temperature and humidity, should morph into a Gold Rush saga, told through its many dreamers, past and present.

View from work table is of the pink and white sandstone Santa Barbara Mission, a mile and a half distant, set against the chaparral of the coast range. Phillip has been a critic for the Guardian and The Spectator. His writing has one a number of prizes including the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. He wrote about Finland where he worked for the British Council. His highly acclaimed short-story collection, The Miracle Shed , received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and he was selected by The Observer as one of the twenty-one writers of various disciplines from across the world, for the new millennium.

Prize-winner in many national competitions and won the Francis MacManus Short Story for Radio award in with a story called Dipping into the Darkness. Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Oregon. She moved to Ireland in Having spent ten years on the west coast of Ireland, she now resides in Dublin. Her first novel, Protection , was published by Penguin in A comic dissection of contemporary Ireland from one of our finest writers.

While living in Ireland, she has worked as a free-lance journalist, fiction writer and creative writing teacher, and is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and the Dublin Review. In , she co-founded, with two other women, the Sligo Rape Crisis Centre. Originally from Scotland, Andrew spent the first six years of his life in Johannesburg, South Africa. Educated at numerous boarding schools, he attended universities in Britain, Japan, and the United States.

He holds masters degrees in Economics and Comparative Literature. Having travelled for much of his life, working at various times as a lecturer, sailor, construction worker, bookseller, and chocolatier, he currently resides in San Francisco. She has continued to mentor African writing students online www. Her collaboration with Yorkshire and Finnish writers on the theme of Water Interland www.

The Fish anthology did not change her life. But that weekend in West Cork had a luminous quality. She took an old friend to the launch. She has written enough stories for a collection. I am learning to avoid those monofilaments of doubt that are forever trying to ensnare me, and am getting my work to a more mainstream audience. Born in Galway , I moved to the east coast and lived there for 20 years before returning to the place where I was spawned, near the River Corrib.

I now write both Poetry and short stories and have been published nationally and internationally. Manus Award, awarded second place in I was awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Galway County Council in and my poetry has been part of a multi- media exhibition in collaboration with artists Joan Hogan and Denise Hogan.

Still a small fish in a big pond but managing to keeping afloat. I continue to co edit the Eildon Tree magazine , the literary magazine from the Scottish Borders. My writing is divided between prose and drama, and putting together a collection of poetry hopefully to be published next year. Take a look at my website www. Gina won our Short Story Prize. You could enter the — Details on our Writing Contests page So much has happened since when I sent that story into the Fish prize contest. And so much of it has happened as a result of being published with Fish.

Awards: Booktrust London winner Commonwealth Broadcasting Association runner up Fish Publications runner up Wordsworth magazine winner Young Writer magazine and Rob has recently landed a two book deal at Orion. Details here. Rob was born and grew up in Harold Hill, near Romford in Essex in although he now lives and writes in Kennington, south London.

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He has written umpteen stories, fairy stories and poems some of which made it out of the door and into various competitions. Away from the keyboard as he often is alas Rob is mad about tennis and dogs and revels in his quiet nights in with Boosie and Bella and all the other ghosts and shadows. I was lucky enough to be one of the runners up in your very short story competition back in , and was included in the anthology that year. It was my first competition success, my first experience of having a story published, my first experience of reading my work publicly — and my first trip to Ireland.

My success with Fish gave me the confidence to keep writing — and to try my hand at something longer. Skip ahead a few years and skip over a few practice novels I finally got an agent, Oli Munson at Blake Friedmann. He has just got me a two book deal at Orion. Competition, judged by Shane Connaughton. She has also had four stories broadcast on Radio New Zealand.

Currently she is working on a novel. A brief visit to New Zealand became a twelve year stay when she was waylaid by an unexpected holiday romance. The prominence of the short story in New Zealand allowed her to develop her writing. She works as a psychotherapist and lives in a crook of the Thames with her partner and two children. Unfortunately, the creative writing group I was involved with has folded and I have certainly missed the structure of writing every week for the classes. Business at Kinsale Pottery is moving more towards weekend leisure breaks, and this means working most weekends, but as with most artistic careers, we have to take what we can get when it comes our way.

I have not been published since -although I was for the third time a finalist in a Glimmer Train contest. Not only am I slow to send out stories but also my last four stories probably have been too political though not didactic for most literary magazines here. My anger at the Bush Administration completely out of control is permeating my life and my writing. I actually sit down at the computer to write a story, knowing, as I write, that it will not be published; yet the writing process has been cathartic and I enjoy it immensely.

Fish publishes wonderful anthologies, and I shall continue to enter its contests. Since she started writing short story seven years ago, her work has been published in a number of anthologies and literary magazines in Australia. She has won over 70 awards in Australian literary competitions. All of the stories have won national literary awards over the past few years and several have been published in other anthologies and magazines.

Jacqui has written and produced several stage plays and acted in various stage and television productions. She also writes stage and screen plays on commission. She is also in constant demand to speak and run workshops on various aspects of writing and performance. Although Jacqui was born in Londonderry , N. Ireland , she has lived in Australia since the age of ten and currently lives on a farm on the mid-North Coast, where she and her husband Brian run a small herd of Hereford cattle.

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The standard is high, in terms of the emotional impact these writers managed to wring from just a few pages. Loop-de-loopy, fizz, and dazzle … unique and compelling—compressed, expansive, and surprising. Energetic, dense with detail … engages us in the act of seeing, reminds us that attention is itself a form of praise.

Dead Souls has the magic surplus of meaning that characterises fine examples of the form — Neel Mukherjee I was looking for terrific writing of course — something Fish attracts in spades, and I was richly rewarded right across the spectrum — Vanessa Gebbie Really excellent — skilfully woven — Chris Stewart Remarkable — Jo Shapcott.

The practitioners of the art of brevity and super-brevity whose work is in this book have mastered the skills and distilled and double-distilled their work like the finest whiskey. An astute, empathetic, sometimes savage observer, she brings her characters to life. They dance themselves onto the pages, […]. How do we transform personal experience of pain into literature? How do we create and then chisel away at those images of others, of loss, of suffering, of unspeakable helplessness so that they become works of art that aim for a shared humanity?

The pieces selected here seem to prompt all these questions and the best of them offer some great answers. What a high standard all round — of craft, imagination and originality: and what a wide range of feeling and vision. Ruth Padel. I was struck by how funny many of the stories are, several of them joyously so — they are madcap and eccentric and great fun.

Others — despite restrained and elegant prose — managed to be devastating. All of them are the work of writers with talent. Claire Kilroy. The writing comes first, the bottom line comes last.

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And sandwiched between is an eye for the innovative, the inventive and the extraordinary. But I have to say that the three reviews in Tar River Poetry are themselves as compelling as the poetry in this small volume. Richard Simpson, Susan Elizabeth Howe and Thomas Reiter present careful, academic discussions of three new poetry volumes, discussions that presume a well-educated but not necessarily scholarly audience.

Informative and never pompous, they are a pleasure to read. Ploughshares - Spring This issue of the venerable Ploughshares was guest-edited by Campbell McGrath, a poet famous for his exuberant descriptions of all things American, from pop culture to politics. And McGrath definitely makes an effort to include poets from a range of movements, from elliptical to expansive and everything in between. Or Japanese. Interim - The Antigonish Review - Winter This Canadian journal out of Nova Scotia features an eclectic mix of writing, a few translations, and the sprightly but thought-provoking poetry of Jan Zwicky.

Much of the poetry featured here was well-crafted free verse, with many exemplary pieces, only one of which I have the space to quote here. West and Gundi Chan, are also exceptional. The Canary - When you pick up this stylish journal, with its austere yellow cover, you notice its shape—-with longer pages that accommodate lots of white space and long lines. Willard and Maple - Willard and Maple is a literary and art magazine produced by Champlain College. Southern Poetry Review - These are the sorts of poems at which this small journal seems to excel. Poems that embody both physical and emotional immediacy.

Masters of the art represented here include David Wagoner, Margaret Gibson, Carl Dennis, and Kelly Cherry, who are joined by more than two dozen others who clearly also excel in this arena. Skidrow Penthouse - These favorites of mine are joined by more than 50 other poets and 5 fiction writers whose work comprises an engaging issue of this magazine. Petersburg Review - Petersburg Review. She has traveled to Russia numerous times and participated in several Summer Literary Seminars at St. Among the associate editors, staff and advisory board are many American-looking names, many who by their bios have traveled to or live in Russia.

It makes for good reading to find these well executed translations of poets I might not otherwise have an opportunity to read among the work of Jim Daniels, Sandra Kohler, Charles Harper Webb, and many other competent, though lesser known writers. But, I would like to be able to read the originals and to know something about the poets. River Teeth - Fall An issue you can definitely sink your teeth into. Lopate is in good company. The 11 other essays in this issue are equally worthy of attention. Mythium - Mythium is a journal that publishes poems, fiction, and nonfiction written by writers of color.

Its mission is to celebrate the cultural voice. The content is as varied as there are ethnicities. Some of the material is depressing. Some is hopeful. All of it is interesting. Many Mountains Moving - Limestone - This issue is ripe with photography and other visual arts, as well as poems and stories that create verbal images of legacy. What is a legacy? Do we carry it with us? The past is where we come from and informs the future. The speakers of these poems and stories share their personal memories, yet they are universal and timeless.

The Evansville Review - Fine sonnets, formal verse, and modern poetry inhabit The Evansville Review. Besides poetry, inside the elegant covers are eight pieces of short fiction and three items of nonfiction. The short fiction tends to have an other-worldly tension about it, a dreamy quality mirrored in the painting. Arc Poetry Magazine - The Allegheny Review - The wording might be a bit self-consciously ornate; which can be put to youthful enthusiasm.

However, there is an explosion of images and modifiers, working toward emotional complexity — the effort succeeds; entrancing, engaging and enchanting the reader. Albatross - This slim issue moves its poetry seamlessly from religion to nature to philosophy. Albatross is a small, chapbook-like magazine, stapled together in the center, featuring only poetry. On the inside of the front cover is a quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge,. This issue of SRPR is longtime editor Lucia Cordell Getsi's swan song before retirement; tempted though I am to draw a parallel between her moving on and this issue's many poems of grieving, I won't.

Phoebe - Spring When I can, I like to single out one or two stories in a journal for particular praise, but all four fiction entries in this issue of Phoebe merit attention. Mid-American Review - Fall If one looked for themes in this splendid and beautifully presented collection, it would have to be drug addiction, past or present, in each of the four fictions: "The Yoshi Compound: A Story of Post-Waco Texas," is a delightful satire of phony spirituality by Todd James Pierce; Rebecca Rasmussen's "Partway," is a terrific story of a drug addict's daughter and the people who love her; "The Girl Who Drank Lye" by Colleen Curran traces the shocking decline of an ostracized fourteen-year-old picking up bad habits when befriended by the class bad girl.

Michigan Quarterly Review - Spring The Massachusetts Review is truly a quarterly of literature, the arts, and public affairs as evidenced by this issue's rewarding stories, poems, and essays. Valis reminds us of the early 80's writings of Carolyn Forche, especially her unforgettable prose poem "The Colonel," and of Joan Didion's Salvador "Terror," she says, "is the given of the place. Also mentioned is Robert Stone's film Salvador, as well as the work of others who have explored the moral hell of torture, which Valis, although conceding that it is born in the imagination, posits imagination as the site of its demise.

Indiana Review - Winter The wishbone, fork in the road, empty wineglass. Greatcoat - Spring Greatcoat: an oversized, catch-all garment designed to protect in all kinds of weather. Practical, not flattering, it provides comfort without ostentation. The debut issue of Greatcoat is thin enough, at 83 pages, to fit inside a greatcoat pocket, yet it lives up to its name, enveloping the reader in poems and essays which blur the design lines and obliterate genre seams. Chicago Review - Spring Instead, they are creative and sometimes humorous engagements with realities we usually prefer to avoid.

The Antioch Review - Spring Everything that has made AR a benchmark standard for literary journals is in evidence here, as always: intelligent essays, eclectic themes, engaging stories, and unsparing poetry—all of it thriving in an ever-evolving habitat of exploration. In case you were wondering, yes, 32 Poems is just that—a journal of thirty-two poems, one to a page. The journal is slim and funky, its bubble-gum pink cover accented with red letters and held together by a nifty red rubber-band for the binding. This poetry magazine, published by Ugly Duckling Presse, is a chapbook like no other, displaying the innovative work of six poets.

Zone 3 - Spring It is a straightforward and powerful piece that addresses and celebrates a simple gesture of humanity in the face of tragedy. Willow Springs - Fall Thrice Fiction - July Storm Cellar - Summer Santa Monica Review - Spring This issue of the Santa Monica Review starts out with a bang—literally. Rattle - Summer The name Rattle for a poetry journal interests me in the way that names of things often do.

It could be said that the best poetry rattles our nerves. A little bit of all of this is represented in this issue of Rattle , the death rattle perhaps more than the rest. The final lines struck me as boldest:. Meat for Tea - June Meat for Tea is a quirky little journal from western Massachusetts that showcases fiction, poetry, and art of eclectic taste. Themes jump around from absurd, realistic, and even to a small taste of science fiction in a blend that is peculiar yet satisfying, like bacon in earl gray or pork in green tea.

You get the idea. Knock - Knock is published bi-annually by Antioch University Seattle and has lots of flavor and flair; it is comprised of poems, fiction, essays, excerpts from books, interviews, and some fantastic color art and one hybrid piece. It must have been difficult to choose which artists' and writers' names would be featured on the cover as this issue shocked me with a tremendous amount of quality work.

Hiram Poetry Review - Spring The rawness, dissonance and clamor of contemporary American urban life are present in several fine poems in the latest issue of Hiram Poetry Review. This twenty-fifth anniversary issue boasts a top-shelf list of contributors, and the journal itself is heavy and substantial in the hand. Glimmer Train Stories - Fall Founded in , the glossy literary magazine Glimmer Train Stories showcases mostly emerging talent and hosts a bevy of contests to help cull those voices. I did not appreciate the fruits of their model until I read this issue, which carried me cover to cover, through a labyrinth of sound, structure, and emotional and literary sophistication.

The Fiddlehead - Summer There are enough apt images in this magazine to build a new world whole. In three of its quarterly issues, The Fiddlehead publishes short fiction: not here. Enizagam - Enizagam is a breath of fresh air in the literary world. The young students at Oakland School for the Arts edit this literary magazine written by adults and for adult readership every year. Dogwood - Spring Huber aims to take this university magazine in a new direction with an online presence and the inclusion of creative nonfiction alongside their usual offerings of fiction and poetry.

This issue features solid writing and the winners of the Dogwood Awards, with special guest judges Katherine Riegel and Ira Sukrungruang. Crazyhorse - Spring Clockhouse Review - Summer Weird, but refreshing. Although CR boasts the usual suspects poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction , it also features some unusual suspects such as graphic narrative and drama.

What a find Big Fiction is! This issue is a delight to hold, to view, to read carefully. The green, tastefully mismatched typography of the title takes up a small top left corner of the white cover, which is filled with a red etched fiddlehead fern. The Antigonish Review - Spring Some might imagine that public funding could encourage specific response at the expense of story, but these stories, essays, and poems are not exclusively about Canada and Canadians. The issue is rich with diverse elements—such as references to Tunisia, teenage nihilism, mortuary science, and Egypt.

The writing is disciplined, and because of this convention, I can carry the magazine everywhere; it is a talisman against lost time. Ink Pot - December Unprepared for the edginess of this journal, I almost stopped reading Ink Pot less than a quarter of the way through. What a mistake that would have been.

This is a journal brimming with life, its poems, stories and flash fiction crackling with energy. Stealing Time - Spring Stealing Time is a magazine for, about, and by parents.

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When I discovered its existence, I was immediately intrigued, yet wary as well. Would it have an angle, an agenda to promote? Would it rise above the content of most parenting magazines out there? Thankfully, the answers are no and yes. Quiddity has the variety anyone can enjoy: the new works of poetry, prose, art, and interviews are drawn from around the world. And the results and advantage of combining a literary and art journal with public radio programs is always intriguing. Post Road - However, let me reassure you: even a skim through this issue confirms their joie de la lecture.

Pembroke Magazine - If you want a devastating collection of modern literature, reach for Pembroke Magazine. The journal was launched from North Carolina in the late s and has matured to a strong print presence among the small presses. From the variety of vantage points and voices, you might not even realize that it showcases the best of compilation out of the Edenic East Coast—one hundred miles from Charlotte, one hundred miles from the sea.

But it manages to capture this in time and place with a rich lyricism and insightful prose. NANO Fiction - It ranges in genre from what we might call realist flash to work that is much more surreal, and everything in between. Through it all, the journal values work featuring language that is playful, explorative, and sharp.

This issue contains essays on a variety of cultural topics, including eight lengthy book reviews, as well as poetry by seven fine poets and one short story. The volume is clean and sharp in appearance; inside, the text is pleasing to the eye, neither too small nor too large, and well-spaced on the page. Color reproductions of the latest paintings by Pakistani artist Jamil Naqsh grace the cover and comprise a special section within the issue.

An excerpt from the commentary, by venerable art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, will give an indication of the tone of the magazine:. Literal - Spring Its pointed reader is probably bilingual: while many pieces are presented with side-by-side Spanish and English versions, some are not, though the magazine offers English and Spanish translations of the others upon request. Jonathan - May Contemporary fiction often ignores or pushes aside gay themes. They are strong and insightful. High Desert Journal - Spring The horses, rifles, ranches, and cowboy aspirations in the stories are not packaged as the stuff of artistic ambition, but rather parts of ways of life.

The artwork and images bespeak the dedication of the journal to perpetuate the expression of the various understandings of this part of the world. For someone visiting from outside the region like me, High Desert Journal is a proud and easy-going host. Grist - Then there are two craft essays, one on metaphor in poetry, one on time in fiction. Mostly, there are pages of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction no book reviews or criticism of exciting quality. The Georgia Review - Spring The Georgia Review consistently delivers the best of contemporary fiction and poetry.

Given its hefty reputation, it is no surprise that this issue is packed with high-quality writing from established authors. But above all else, this issue is an investment in Mary Hood, whose feature consumes two thirds of the journal. You may have never heard of her. CutBank - Nimble language and arterial ideas spur this volume of Cutbank , although the thematic diversity and innovative riffs of the journal make any sweeping introduction to the volume impressionistic. The journal veers from the fantastic to the postmodern, crossing the continental two widely disparate counts of Paris to the nuclear stories warbling on familial love and deception.

This issue reflects the editorial organization and voices of many worlds—be it that of a Youngstown Lolita or the fractured narrative of someone seeking the seamless whole after anorexia. Concho River Review - Spring Most of the prose and poetry here revolve around country life or the outdoors, but these are not the unifying themes of this journal. Chicago Review - Winter This issue is jam-packed with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and discourse on ecopoetics that takes the reader around the globe in pages. From first page to last, the reader is kept engaged and moving.

If anyone is looking for a reference on how to organize and put together a journal, this issue of Chicago Review is it. Cactus Heart - May It should survive. The Bitter Oleander - Spring Theophrastus wrote that the root of Oleander when mixed with wine makes the temper gentle and more cheerful. While Theophrastus never got the chance to read The Bitter Oleander , he surely would have had similar sentiments about what reading it could do for a person.

Birmingham Poetry Review - Spring The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Birmingham Poetry Review presents readers with a special feature: six poems and an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning, former Virginia Poet Laureate, Claudia Emerson. Santa Fe Literary Review - River Teeth - Spring The Raintown Review - May Snodgrass, X. Kennedy, among others, and their work is polished, often exemplary. When it arrived, I was impressed with the exceptional production quality: thick and glossy paper, beautiful print, vivid and colorful art pieces and, yes, the work inside the journal was striking, too.

Ocho - Dancing Bear , opens with a brief story about Clyde and Jessica, two lovers who mistakenly drift into the open sea. Mandorla - I have long been a fan of this dependable journal. This was my first encounter with Iodine, and it was nice to see a magazine with so much space devoted to poetry. The Ghost Factory - We especially appreciate stories about countries of origin, ancestry, and cultural identity. There is as much diversity in the style and tone of these stories as there is in the cultural identities they represent.

Chautauqua - Beloit Poetry Journal - Fall What I liked best about this issue of BPJ is the dissonance — the clash of tones, styles, voices, and intentions. I was always a little surprised, taken aback, stunned into paying better attention. What more can we hope for from poetry? The Allegheny Review The Allegheny Review is a national undergraduate literary magazine published since at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

And there is something refreshing about focusing solely on the work itself, forgetting about the name at the top of the page. I might have mistaken any of these for work by more mature artists, clear-eyed, original, and memorable. Phoebe - Fall The New York Quarterly - Published Date Review by Laura van den Berg. The latest edition begins with a craft interview, a regular feature in NYQ , with W. Snodgrass, followed by three of his poems.

Natural Bridge - The locales are exotic and varied—Iraq, Bombay, Mexico, Romania—and much of the fiction involves domestic life. The Chattahoochee Review - Spring The spring issue of The Chattahoochee Review , a sleekly designed journal from Georgia Perimeter College, offers an excellent selection of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, book reviews, and art—in addition to a special feature on Brazilian poetry. The four outstanding short stories, two by notables William Gay lauded by some circles as the next Faulkner and George Singleton, center on down-on-their-luck characters and American domestic life gone awry.

Burnside Review - Summer Just as Surrealists aimed to circle like sharks the locus of aleatory explosion, the subconscious surfacing, spilling forth through the murky waters of convention, so, too, do the writers that comprise the Summer issue of Burnside Review. In theory, Surrealist art, like artwork of any era, concerns itself foremost with itself, then its audience.

This is where some of the work in this issue breaks down, and where some of it really takes off. Brick - Winter Brick, a Canadian journal of non-fiction and poetry, is a magazine in a class of its own. The issue begins with a quote from John Berger, the perfect writer to introduce this pioneering journal that relishes in investigating and pressing against the boundaries of literature. The nonfiction pieces are incredibly eclectic in style and subject, with essays on boxing, Dublin, highways, the novel True Grit , and Thom Gunn, in addition to a transcript of a speech made at the Griffin Poetry Awards ceremony—and interesting and often humorous meditation on the state of poetry—and letters from Norman Levine and William Faulkner.

The Point - Spring The Point is a sophisticated paged Chicago-based literary magazine about contemporary life and culture. The Spring issue's most frequent theme is sports entertainment and rationale, although its five sections, "Letters from the Editors," "Essays," "Art," "Symposium," and "Reviews" include other topics. It's good that it is a biannual, as its many articles require, more often than not, erudite engagement, and certainly more than one sitting.

West Marin Review - Ah, Marin, county of my heart. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge north from San Francisco, veer west toward the ocean, and keep driving through oaks, hill country, and sea. In the seventh issue of upstreet , creative nonfiction shines like an LED sun. Its poignancy encourages the reader to think of his or her own life experiences. The creative nonfiction stands out, to this reviewer anyway, as nothing short of amazing. It is both inspirational and compelling.

While the fiction and poetry in this issue were good, the creative nonfiction reminded me, over and over again, of why I love to read. Each issue of this cleverly-conceived magazine offers one premise the prompt and solicits whatever plots, poems, images and issues writers can come up with from that opening. I mean that opening into the imagination, that one key into story or wordplay. Redactions - This issue brings a fresh approach to regionalism by positing its own ad hoc region.

Prime Mincer - Summer It is truly shocking to know that Prime Mincer is a young magazine still in its first year of publication. This edition is packed with insightful, daring, and creative work that will appeal to a diverse readership. So many poems, stories, and nonfiction pieces stood out and demanded to be heard.

This is certainly a magazine you will have to hold in your hands to enjoy the punch it delivers. Prairie Schooner - Fall Its generous collection of poems and prose is at once rich, exciting, challenging, and refreshing as the ample section of reviews is enlightening. The Paris Review - Fall The Paris Review is such a great magazine, edited with such discrimination that likes and dislikes inevitably come down to matters of personal taste.

Michigan Quarterly Review - Summer The dignified beauty of the vast Great Lakes region is often outshone by the bright lights of Broadway and the high-wattage glow of Hollywood. Kestrel - Spring The cover art chosen for the Spring issue of Kestrel is a misty-blue piece titled Okeanos IV by Kathleen Holder, the visual artist featured in this issue. The artwork reminds me of a cold day on a beach, where the sky and the water fuse. Court Green - Colorado Review - Summer Reading the collection is a transforming experience. The series tackles the problem of violence in modern history.

The problem is approached without preaching or thundering. A protagonist—a doctoral student—researches the topic, not because he is passionate about it or wants to rid the world of violence, but because he is paid for his work. The Bellingham Review - Spring Brenda Miller, author of five Pushcart-Prize-winning works and co-author of a best-selling creative nonfiction text, is the editor-in-chief of Bellingham Review. The names of Rita Dove, Tess Gallagher, Tobias Wolff, and other better-than-well-known poets and writers light up the editorial board.

This hefty issue contains nearly pages of striking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and photography. And from the contest winners that open the issue to the interviews that conclude it, not a single entry misfires. Redivider - The second issue of the newly relaunched journal out of Emerson College in Boston includes poetry, fiction, interviews, art, and a fistful of short book reviews. Her wit and passion for books are palpable. Night Train - Both editors and writers are to be congratulated for this impressive reading experience.

Inkwell - Fall I hadn't read this journal or the work of interview subject, fiction writer Kathleen Hill until now, but I'll read both again. The interview conducted by Barbara Brooks is one of the most engaging I've encountered. The Healing Muse - Through fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and photography, health care givers and patients explore and express their feelings and thoughts about the roles and relationships they have with each other as well as with illness and disease.

The complexity of the works presented reflects the complexity of the personal dramas from each side of bed. This issue has interviews with esteemed experimental poet C. Wright, acclaimed visual artist James Turrell, whose pieces explore the actions of light several representations of his work are included with the interview, which I appreciated , as well as poet David St.

John, whose poems also explore the nature of light. Birddog - A wild little journal of "innovative writing and art: collaborations, interviews, collage, poetry, poetics, long poems, reviews, graphs, charts, non-fiction, cross genre…" not to mention the marvelous pasted-on-the-page-as-separate-slips-of-paper reproductions of photos and artwork.

Does somebody do this by hand? Now, that's innovative! Innovative is one of those tricky words that confuses me, even though I confess I often use it to describe work that is risky or unusual or odd or curious and there's all of that and more in Birddog. There are excerpts from Mark Tardi's divided-columns poem "Chopin's Feet," where every other page is divided graphically with a straight vertical line and the verses are like Chopin's complicated music moving from dense rhythms to lighter ones and back again.

There's Heidi Peppermint's poem, "The Gulf Streams," whose diction wavers between the utterly familiar and ordinary "Boy, those days we've talked about are here! There are excerpts from Bob Harrison's poem "Counter Daemons—4D," incorporating concepts from computer programming, as well as from the "counting coups" of the Plains Indians.

There are Brigitte Byrd's prose poems whose fate, we hope, will not be the same as this title: "Comparative Obscurity": "If there is estrangement what is the difference between speaking to the dead and speaking to the living. I have to admit I immediately forwarded the poem to both my mother and grandmother. Asheville Poetry Review - Along with the poems, there were critical essays, book reviews, and interviews, including a long interview with William Matthews.

Scott C. I applaud Holstad for his courage in recognizing what was good in the work of this long-maligned American poet. Absinthe - I'm afraid, my dear friend, that you're a poet and nothing can be done about it. I'm expressing my immense sympathy. Tailbone numbing writing is a perfect description of the superb work collected in Absinthe.

A dozen poets and fiction writers from 11 countries appear here in expert translations with the exception of poems by the British poet Fiona Sampson whose work, obviously, appears in the original English. What distinguishes this journal overall is that there is nothing occasional here, not a single piece that seems remotely casual in intent or outcome.

What numbs the tailbone is not merely the exquisite control demonstrated by each of these authors, but the overwhelming sense of responsibility this control suggests—every word, no, every syllable, counts in poetry and prose alike. While there is much variety in the subject matter treated and the style of the pieces collected here, what they have in common is a particular seriousness or authority that seems, to put it bluntly, unmistakably not-American. These are accomplished and successful artists, widely published and recognized in their own languages and countries.

They deserve a wide and grateful audience in English, as well. Plains Song Review - Spring PEN America - With a few small exceptions, PEN America, the annual journal published by PEN American Center, is peopled with the work of world-famous or much-published writers, both contemporary and posthumous. One Story - Modern Haiku - Summer Mizna - Louisiana Literature - Issue Number Issue 2. Inkwell - Spring This issue of the eclectic and elegant Review features a refreshingly low key interview with poet X. Guest edited by writer Paul Maliszewski, this issue of Denver Quarterly is comprised entirely of brazen prose the contents page does not distinguish fiction from non that is often whimsically digressive, sometimes obtuse, but always daring.

Atlanta Review - Volume 10 Number 2. The American Scholar - Volume 73 Number 3. The American Scholar deserves applause for providing a loving home for the personal essay, a wonderfully egalitarian and pliant form that adjusts itself to any voice or subject matter, however refined or rough-hewn, fact-enamored or fanciful. The Yale Review - July The Yale Review contains fiction, poetry, reviews and essays.

The design, by Chip Kidd and Jayme Yen, is simple and unadorned, but eye-catching. Versal - Versal is an attractive, large-format magazine, denser than its one-hundred pages would initially suggest and ornamented with full color art both inside and out. Most of the prose in the issue is very short, each story generally only a couple of pages long. Small Spiral Notebook - Red Rock Review - Winter This massive page paperback is filled with pages of fiction, 30 pages of nonfiction, and pages of poetry.

I was a bit put off at first by the number of non-adult narrators in the fiction half of the stories are told by children or teenagers , but each stands on its own. Main Street Rag - Summer Main Street Rag publishes simple, solid, conversational writing without gimmicks. The layout has rather cramped pages and fuzzy artwork, but this can be overlooked. Hobart - Summer For those not schooled ecologically, the "high desert" is that gray-green steppe between the Rockies and Cascades. Dry enough for rattlers, high enough for snow, it may not be flourishing farmland, but the sagebrush proves fertile soil for literary abundance.

Elysian Fields Quarterly - Spring The Chattahoochee Review - Fall Being introduced to the literature of a foreign country is like finding a new wing on your favorite library. Arkansas Review - April Focusing on the seven-state Mississippi River Delta, Arkansas Review draws the humanities and social sciences in its interdisciplinary net to evoke the Delta experience. Also included are eleven book reviews and recommendations from the editors, a regular feature of West Branch. The Threepenny Review - Spring Third Coast - Fall Editor Emily J.

Stinson compiled a collection of creative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, an interview, and reviews that resulted in an experience that takes us through the fire of creative minds. Its features fiction first-place winner, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, first-place poetry winner, Jennifer Perrine, and thirty-two other polished writers who leave the reader feeling closer to understanding the depth, cruelty, and beauty of human nature.

Tar River Poetry - Fall Yes, please, I thought. Tampa Review - Tampa Review is a literary magazine published with glossy pages and hardcover binding. Elegant, but not exclusive, connections to the Tampa Bay region in Florida emerge. You can hear the brackish river boiling up in the valley in some of the poems, and taste the mist of the Gulf of Mexico estuary in some of the raw fiction. Subtropics is the literary journal from the English Department of the University of Florida, and this issue is a true mix of fiction, poetry, essay and translation. The Southeast Review - I grew up on the classics and consequently nursed a bias that minimalism restrained the imagination.

Then, I read the most recent Southeast Review where minimalism is done so well that the volume became, to me, a classic itself. While there is only one narrator, the possibilities of interpretation and meaning explode like a rash of fireflies. The Sewanee Review - Winter William E. Saranac Review - The image on the cover of this issue of Saranac Review is arresting: a full-bleed shot of moldering books, their pages waterlogged and swollen, their fore edges painted green and brown with several kinds of mold.

In an opening note, Editor J. The installation begs several questions regarding the relationship between print and digital media. Although I had read some of well-known Christian author C. Instead of offering answers, they offer us glimpses into every day, uncertain, and often uneasy lives. The Quotable - Winter Though fiction takes precedence, the overarching editorial preference is for strong character development, regardless of genre. Instead, editors have selected works that blur these boundaries, reach for them but fall uncomfortably short, and force the reader to accept that there are rarely clean starts and finishes in life.

Ploughshares is one of the most prominent literary journals on the market because of its long tradition of quality and ability to publish and discover leading writers. The journal is also notable for its practice of working with guest editors for each issue.

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Alice Hoffman, the editor, has taken the reins of this issue and presents work unified by a simple but powerful theme: the glorification of the storyteller present inside each of us. Ninth Letter has a reputation. The front and back covers offer photographic evidence of what this kid might look like at his senior prom, ironically carrying an orchid and non-ironically wearing a glittered turtleneck under a glittered blazer.

But once you get past this exterior, this metaphorical playground persona, the brilliance of the work inside dominates all reputation. The fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art are some of the finest I have experienced all year. I read each piece with energy and took each one as inspiration and aspiration. New Letters - Kennedy and Raymond B. Mid-American Review - Spring The MacGuffin - Winter The Iowa Review is one of the longer running literary journals in the U.

It continually puts out excellent issues, and this edition is no exception. That is, the people who do the shaping editors, etc. This issue contains the Gulf Coast Prizes awarded to Brian Van Reet fiction , Arianne Zwartjes nonfiction , and Amaranth Borsuk poetry , not to mention dozens of other poets, six other short fiction stories, and six nonfiction essays. This tome-azine also includes four interviews, seven translations, two reviews, and a collection of high-gloss color photographs including a centerfold of Cy Twombly work, which is also featured on the cover.

The Georgia Review - Winter The Winter issue is something of a special one, special in two ways, actually. Fractured West - Fractured West is a new, innovative journal for flash fiction. Although sponsored in part by a grant from Creative Scotland, it features writers from all over.

The 43rd issue of this award-winning publication packs a punch: not just because of the bold graphic of an automatic pistol on its orange cover or its special section on anger and revenge, but because of the high quality of the writing, the fun with character tweets, and the straight-ahead editorial approach. Clover - Fall At first glance, Clover has a unique style and appeal. Rather than a typical paperback literary magazine, this rag has a letterpress cover; pea soup green border with plum purple lettering. The cover drew me into the magazine, and I dove in, ready to dig up some kind of treasure.

Although the beginning of the magazine is rather bland, it works up momentum to about the middle where it just explodes. Carbon Copy Magazine - At a time when so many publications are folding or going paperless, here comes Carbon Copy , all bright and bold and glossy. All chock full of art, stories, essays, plays and poetry. Bombay Gin - Fall Bombay Gin , the product of The Naropa Press and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, continues its legacy of eclecticism and experimental genre-bending in the Fall publication. Before a word of text is displayed, there is a black and white photo of a woman, handsome in a neck tie delightfully draping dreadlocks.

Friends and former colleagues at Naropa and the world of poetry lost Akilah Oliver in Reading work from nearly thirty different writers and poets has simply impressed me with not only the quantity but also the quality, the originality, and the freshness of the prose and poetry in this magazine.

Bacopa - Strong first lines. Able Muse - Winter Four-Hundred Words - Four-Hundred Words is a CD sized lit journal filled with 66 different word autobiographies on the theme of…life. The Fiddlehead may very well be the single best in-door for those with a mind to explore the finest of Canadian creative writing. Fairy Tale Review - Charming and adventurous, this new annual journal displays impressive wit and eclecticism. Crate - Spring Southern California is a nexus of geography and culture, a place where perspectives about the world get reflected through the iridescent sheen of difference.

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Controlled Burn - Winter Buffalo Carp - Beloit Fiction Journal - Spring In Keith R. Barrow Street - Summer Or should I say: be deceived, be very deceived, on account of the delicious merit of surprise. Such is the case with every issue of Barrow Street , and I have to say, I like it that way. Inside the summer issue are 72 poems, 6 poems-in-progress, and 3 reviews. Barrow Street is perfect bound, the heft of a paperback novel, copious, a literary variety show.

It seems more discerning than other journals, but by no means to a fault. While Barrow Street is known for publishing established writers bearing lists of publications, most of its contributors are past or present professors, making the journal no more or less academic for it. A cursory curiosity, though worth noting.

Image - Summer You don't have to be a religious scholar to appreciate the essays, short stories, art and poetry found in Image. In fact, many of the individual pieces included would easily fit in "general" literary journals. As a collection, the text explores the relationships between religion mainly Judeo-Christian , culture and art in contemporary times. Rhino - This mostly-poetry journal with a smattering of photos and reviews out of Evanston, Illinois succeeds in bringing new voices from the poetry world to light. Issue Number Volume This slender journal from Ohio State presents well-chosen fiction, poetry, and a piece of non-fiction, mostly from well-known writers such as Robin Behn and Gary Fincke.

Prairie Schooner - Winter The winter issue of Prairie Schooner contains poetry, stories, and reviews, sprinkled with the names of literary stars like R. Smith and Alice Ostriker and some new voices as well. The American Scholar - Winter This is, in my mind anyway, the most classically high-brow literary-and-arts magazine on the market, though that opinion may only be because when I was in college I was not invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa society, the group that publishes this quarterly.

The only bad part? Not enough new, unknown writers in this particular issue. Next time - always next time. Same award. Kitchen Sink - Summer Containing socio-political commentary, pop culture interest pieces, comics and even recipes, Kitchen Sink —something of a catchall—is aptly named. Graphically stunning, the entire thing is printed in blue—a harbinger of novelty from the get-go. As for the fiction, it has a highly Californian flavor, being full of heart but slightly left-of-center. The Threepenny Review - Winter There is a certain perversity in newspaper-bound journals—after all, how can something as valuable as literature exist in such a vulnerable state, resembling Sunday-edition inserts destined, unread, for the recycling bin.

Accustomed to the pretty, diminutive books that populate the same category, I was immediately disarmed by the lackluster appearance of The Threepenny Review. Virginia Quarterly Review - Winter If the heavy theme of this issue, Integrated Education in America , puts you off, the author of its first essay will draw you right back in. Equally compelling is a collection of collages by Romare Bearden from the s, which depict, cubistically, the agonies and ironies of the African American condition at that time.

A suite of reactionary poems by Kevin Young accompanies them, adding an additional layer of interest. Hunger Mountain - Fall Hunger Mountain takes itself seriously. Sophisticated and weighty, it has the appearance and feel of an older, more established journal, something it has managed to accomplish in a mere three issues. The Healing Muse - Fall This journal makes a worthwhile contribution to the field.

Michigan Quarterly Review - Winter Seneca Review - Fall Seneca Review continues to showcase stellar poems and lyric essays by both unknown and familiar writers. The art work in this issue, Richard J. Other Voices is the perfect title for this journal from Chicago, for a provocative sense of voice is exactly the thing one carries away from its pages. Flyway is one of those literary magazines that you wish the better financed, sleeker, but ultimately less earnest journals would try harder to imitate. Glimmer Train Stories - Winter If the measure of a great record is the ability to play it straight through without skipping a track, the same rule can be applied to lit mags.

Even the most highly-regarded among them are spotty, at times, best when read non-linearly, piecemeal. Not so with Glimmer Train, one of the most consistently edited journals out there. Pleiades - This issue of Defunct , a nonfiction magazine, sparked a piece of my childhood—memories of Saturday mornings when my brother and I would litter the floor with Legos, watch Pokemon on T. They felt their feelings but the faces were all the same calm smile: man, woman, killer, child, seven heads stacked in a freakshow parade.

Carve Magazine - Summer In writing this review, I struggled to find a thread that sews all of the pieces together, but then I realized that perhaps it doesn't need that. The pieces in this issue stand apart for themselves, in the excellent narration, the witty lines, and the way they portray life's uncertainties. The narrator is in the process of writing as the story develops, commenting on the writing and metaphors he is using—sometimes pointing out the flaws in them and trading them out for new ones. The story itself brings up questions of memory as the couple's baby has nightmares.

Their doctor says that the baby doesn't have any memory beyond eating, sleeping, and pooping once it falls asleep. Yet, she still wakes up every night screaming and crying. Paul, the father, takes steps to insure that he won't forget anything. Cigale Literary - Summer This issue is full of illusions as the characters in the stories break down their misconceptions and face reality—or, instead, continue to live in them. SmokeLong Quarterly - Deciding it must be Amelia Earhart, Elias picks up the skull and has his way with it—both humorously and sexually:.

This issue of Eclectica is a bursting collection. From the poetry to the prose, I was enthralled, spending hours reading. Memorious - June Sixth Finch - Summer Mixed Fruit - July Hippocampus - July But no matter which rock artist the writer gushes about, one thread seems to bind them all together—the power music has to invoke memory. Treehouse - Summer Only on their second issue, the editors of Treehouse are off to a great start. The thing I immediately noticed about SNReview is its online format—clean and crisp.

Alternately, each piece can be viewed as a PDF with active links to previous issues and the website. Vine Leaves Literary Journal - July Different from traditional stories or poems, these pieces offer up small slices of life that are not necessarily whole stories but vignettes that absolutely invoke emotion, doing so in a small amount of space. I barely put down my pen the whole time I read as I took down notes and wrote down quotes. Somewhere within Zapotec poetry, Burmese poetry, notes about post-Fukushima Japanese literature, interviews and book reviews, the reader is reminded that the shared experience of poetry and literature between and across culture ought to be beautiful and mindful.

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