“The Routine” by Paige Towers

02 October 2015 on Blog, Nonfiction

I lure Harriet out from behind the mini-fridge and into my hand with a clump of cold, leftover white rice. “It’s time to put you away sweetheart,” I say. “Hold...


“This Thing Of Ours” by Julia Shipley

25 September 2015 on Poetry

Shark teeth, petrified wood, lump of crystalline. And so? Teeth of shark “killed off coast of Labrador.” Oh. Petrified wood from “the petrified forest where huge trees… lie just as they...


“Muscle Memory” by Aimee Davis

01 May 2015 on Fiction

  Austin’s father plants trees by the interstate—thin, willowy trees, saplings still—held up by wooden stakes and tied to the ground with strands of cord. When Austin asks why, his...


A Conversation With Jean Valentine

25 April 2015 on Poetry

I first was introduced to Jean Valentine’s poetry around the moment when I began to take my writing seriously, and it is perhaps no coincidence that these two events occurred...


“The Man Talks About His New Telescope” by Charles Rafferty

10 April 2015 on Poetry

  It was a gift from my daughter. Twenty years ago I would have used it to size up a job, to see who had the best TVs, the most...


“A State We Don’t Belong To” by Brenna Dixon

27 March 2015 on Fiction

  Karin sent a postcard the first time her husband cheated on her. To keep him on his toes, she reasoned. She sent it from a truck stop in North...


“Lightning in the Desert” by Adam Deutsch

20 March 2015 on Poetry

  It could be the papers that knock just before a fire goes out under dinner. Served. Then the silent flashes are closer than we think. Count your Mississippis. Make...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Matthew Siegel on Teaching, Reading, and Writing His First Book

18 March 2015 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Cynthia Plascencia I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew Siegel in 2008 at the University of Houston when I was an undergraduate and he was an MFA poetry...


“What the Tao Has to Say About Flamingos” by Matthew Broaddus

06 March 2015 on Poetry

  The room is not pink, but the flamingos are, and the longer I balance here, the deeper the tropics flock to the walls. Plumage clouds the windows. Even the...


“California” by Yasmine Lucas

20 February 2015 on Fiction

My mother circled her hands over the candles, my father took a sip of wine, and touching a challah still warm from the oven, we recited the Ha-motzi. We scooped...


“I Step Into the Refrigerator and Curl” by Connor Willett

06 February 2015 on Poetry

Everything is dead, never alive, or preserved. Florescence purer than dirt. I am a white man, in a white refrigerator, in a mountain state. What does that even mean? Sartre...


“Mirror Mirror” by Chad Hanson

30 January 2015 on Poetry

  Near the end, Carter began to think that mirrors were unreliable. When he walked past his reflection in the shopping mall, he saw a coyote by his side. He...