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“Self-Portraits” by Emily Townsend

“Self-Portraits” by Emily Townsend

Sometimes I believed my body and my brain were two entirely separate entities. I constantly struggled with figuring out where I belonged during those bad-lucked years: I was displaced from my hometown due to my parents’ divorce, I was purposely making everything harder for myself as punishment. So I took this superstition of broken mirrors and blamed my unhappiness on the accidents of dropping cheap glass onto my bathroom floor…

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Results of the 2019 Summer Prize in Fiction and Poetry

Results of the 2019 Summer Prize in Fiction and Poetry

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted to our inaugural Summer Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. Without you, this would not have been possible, and we are grateful for your participation and trust in our journal. Please join us in congratulating the winners, runner-ups, and finalists of the 2019 Summer Prizes! 

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“Some Thoughts on Motherhood, Daughterhood, and Water” by Gail Aronson

“Some Thoughts on Motherhood, Daughterhood, and Water” by Gail Aronson

I am a woman, a daughter. An inner life can be difficult to reconcile with reality and the way others see you. Within the surreal conceit of a coast of mothers and a single daughter who mysteriously wash up to its shores, I hope the boundaries between the interior dreamlike states and exterior reality begins to muddle and melt away.  

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“Flash Is Not” by Jonathan Cardew

“Flash Is Not” by Jonathan Cardew

Flash Is Not   by Jonathan Cardew/ @cardewjcardew  I am a flash fiction writer, which means I write flash fiction. When I say this to people, they usually ask me what flash fiction is and I oblige them with an explanation. It’s very short fiction. It’s like a...

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Review: Virginia Konchan’s THE END OF SPECTACLE

Review: Virginia Konchan’s THE END OF SPECTACLE

Virginia Konchan’s smart, lyrical debut collection, The End of Spectacle, transcends a technology-driven zeitgeist. Instead, Konchan’s poems interrogate individual participation in the enduring human spectacles of art and culture, employing wide-ranging intertextuality, ekphrasis, and metapoetics to challenge the notion that spectators (or readers) can ever be absolved of responsibility for that at which they look…

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Interview with 2019 Summer Prize Judge Ramona Ausubel

Interview with 2019 Summer Prize Judge Ramona Ausubel

In honor of our inaugural 2019 Summer Prizes in Fiction & Poetry, Fiction Editor Molly Gutman conducted a micro-interview with our Fiction Prize Judge, Ramona Ausubel. Read on to learn more about fabulist worlds, Ramona Ausubel’s newest short story collection Awayland, and what she’s looking for in a winning story!

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“Revelations” by Maria Terrone

“Revelations” by Maria Terrone

Like a new swimmer tentatively advancing one baby step at a time into a vast, sometimes frightening, sometimes exhilarating ocean, I began to write more self-revealing poetry…

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“Maybe Faith Isn’t Unlike a Photon & Asking More from Discovery” by Rosebud Ben-Oni

“Maybe Faith Isn’t Unlike a Photon & Asking More from Discovery” by Rosebud Ben-Oni

In my poem “Poet Wrestling with God as One of Us,” published in the latest issue of Cream City Review, I tried to make God one of us. I tried to make up God as matter or a thing, like us. Tried to make God abide by time. Imagined that God began like one of us. Imagined hobbies, mood swings, squabbles {that we’ve shared}. For most of my life, I’ve experienced intense stretches of solitude. Not loneliness per se, but being lost in my own head, even while being present, even while having full conversations with those I loved and those I worked with. In a room full of people, say, while giving a reading of my work, there was another part of me, elsewhere, trying to make God one of us…

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