Summer Reading

September 22, 2015
Karin Jurick

Fall is here. The weight of our own mortality complements the length of our shadows. Pumpkin spice pop-tarts and gingerbread shoelaces for breakfast, dead-leaves-and-butternut-squash casserole for dinner. What did TCR staff read this past summer, aside from thousands of submissions? ❧ I’m a big believer in the therapeutic benefits of sunlight and, because I live in New England, I take warm weather very seriously. I began the …

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Contributor Interview: Marlys West

September 21, 2015

Brian Kornell interviews Maryls West, an award-winning poet and writer. She received her M.F.A. in poetry and playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Language and Literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, an NEA grant recipient in poetry, and a writer-in-residence at St. …

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Contributor Interview: Juan Martinez

September 20, 2015

Juan Martinez’s story Missed Tickets (1994) appears in Issue 4. He was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has since lived in Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He now lives in Chicago and is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Ecotone, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, the Santa Monica Review, National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, Norton’s Sudden …

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Editors Behaving Badly

September 3, 2015

Several magazine and press editors have gotten themselves into trouble lately—on and off social media—for making ugly remarks, for being dismissive, for backpedaling on questionable decisions, for embarrassing their past contributors with these decisions, for flaunting their positions of power and belittling the concerns of underrepresented writers, for ignoring or for failing to encourage diverse voices in their publications. These editors are in serious trouble, …

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Contributor Interview: Gabrielle Campagnano

August 26, 2015

This interview is part of a series between our contributors and Outreach and Interviews Editor Brian Kornell.  Gabrielle Campagnano is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tule Review, Salamander Magazine, and Cleaver Magazine, among others. She is at work on her first full-length collection of poems.. Gabrielle’s poem “Nocturne on Race Brook Falls” appears in Issue 4   Brian Kornell: What …

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Tarry Starts Strong with How to Carry Bigfoot Home

August 23, 2015

  a review by Patrick Vogelpohl How to Carry Bigfoot Home By Chris Tarry Red Hen Press (March 17, 2015) $14.95   Canada has given the world such comic geniuses as Mike Myers, Martin Short and the Kids in the Hall. Rush, the ultimate prog rock band, is Canadian. Margaret Atwood: Canadian (and worth two Martin Shorts). Alice Munro: Canadian (and worth three Mike Myerses). Yet what …

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When Men Appraise Women’s Appearances in Fiction

August 19, 2015

I haven’t been Fiction Editor at The Cossack Review for long, but I’ve been reading fiction submissions here long enough to have noticed a recurring thing: the first couple of pages of many of the stories I see feature a male character who looks at a female character and appraises her physical appearance. It usually takes a full paragraph for this to happen, and it often happens in …

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Contributor Interview: Lynn Domina

August 5, 2015

This interview is part of a series between our contributors and Outreach and Interviews Editor Brian Kornell.  Lynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Framed in Silence and Corporal Works, and the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her recent work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Arts & Letters, and many other periodicals. Lynn’s villanelle “My Search for an Original …

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Links, August 4 2015

August 4, 2015

The purpose of a public intellectual is to be curious, to think and express oneself clearly, and by doing so help others think more clearly as well Ian Buruma interviewed at The Pen Ten   You can’t hear Keats if you don’t know that he was a Cockney, you can’t comprehend Wordsworth’s rhymes if you hear him as a BBC announcer. Don Share interviewed at …

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