SNOWSTORM! Holiday Edition

24 December 2014 on Blog, Storystorm

We feel a powerful, sentimental attachment to books with personalized inscriptions. In terms of Thoughtful Holiday Gifts, these rank near the top. To rediscover a dust-covered novel and read your favorite...


“You Have To Understand Your Father” by Tim Tomlinson

19 December 2014 on Fiction

Mom used to say, “You have to understand your father. He grew up in the Great Depression.” Or she’d say, “You have to understand your father. Where he grew up,...


“In the Midst of This” by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

12 December 2014 on Nonfiction

From my balcony I see a bus stop and a dumpster, lanes of traffic backed up by quarter of five, sputtering smoke snaking from a tan Toyota Tacoma, and a...


“Before the Day:” by Andrea Scarpino

05 December 2014 on Poetry

Before the Day : sunrise over the lake, seagull clatter, crow, sound of glasses stacked, restacked, metal slid into place. Cacophony of blossoming : forsythia, lilac, cherry’s pink-tipped sway. How...


The Law of Narrative Density

29 November 2014 on Blog, Storystorm

had meant to write a defense of the short story as a narrative entity, regaling you with tales of its history and importance. I would dazzle you, show the short...


“Ornithology” by Molly McArdle

21 November 2014 on Fiction

Their mother’s body obscured their view through the front door. “I’m very happy to have you both home for Thanksgiving,” she said. “I bought a beautiful turkey.” And then, “It’s...


“In Solitary” by Kristi Mottla

14 November 2014 on Poetry

You clip deutzia stems in winter and dry them aside the window. They won’t stall in thought of themselves, lost birds stalking wings in a mirror, hedging in longing. There,...

The Writer's Hot Seat

The Writer’s Hot Seat: Katy Butler on Memoir and Medical Reporting

12 November 2014 on Blog, The Writer's Hot Seat

Interview by Jesse Duthrie On a Tuesday night last October, I picked Katy Butler and her partner, Brian, up at Logan International Airport. We packed into my car and drove...


“Honoring Autumn” by Sophfronia Scott

07 November 2014 on Nonfiction

Honoring autumn I turn my face to accept its first golden kiss, one silent plea for attention so honoring autumn I sit on a rock in the forest, patient audience...


“Portrait” by Luanne Castle

31 October 2014 on Poetry

So as a sturdy arrow, she scuds into                                                                       the trembling ocean                                                          (which absorbs then releases her in layers) and later arranges her paint pots              and the flotsam she brings back...


“Jawbone in Missouri” by Meghan Gilliss

17 October 2014 on Fiction

In the hot center of the three-story barn, an oil furnace bucked and shuddered like an old bull up to his final dalliance. Without it, all of this—the piles of...


“Ars Poetica” by David Roderick

10 October 2014 on Poetry

Spool through white and quarters,                 eighths. While all the while.                            The lure of idyll as if scotched. Cold rows.                             Fool again: ice, cut glass,               a...