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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August 1, 2015
On the Volga, on this restfully rolling ocean... one learns all dimensions anew. One discovers: land is huge, water is something huge, and above all the sky is huge. What I have seen until now was no more than an image of land and river and world. Here, however, everything is itself. - I feel as if I had been witness to the creation; a few words for all existences

Rainer Maria Rilke, The Schmagendorf Diary

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When Literature and TV Collide, and Join Forces

July 31, 2015

Something I have noticed about television shows is that their writers like to work literary references into the shows. I haven’t watched all of TV–there are too many channels, plus I have a job, so I can’t talk about the subject comprehensively. There are three shows I have watched all or some of, though, that make references to literature. They are all different from one another. …

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Contributor Interview: J. Bowers

July 27, 2015

This interview is part of a series between our contributors and Outreach and Interviews Editor Brian Kornell.  Born and brought up in south central Pennsylvania, J. Bowers now lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she teaches writing at the University of Missouri. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Portland Review, Redivider, The Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, and other journals. In her free time, she thinks about …

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Six Questions for Christine

July 21, 2015
SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?

CG: The easiest thing to notice and to look for is capable writing. And since we’re tuned in to work that is meaningful and searching, the next thing we tend to appreciate is significance—what the piece explores or exposes, how it approaches meaning and experience and thought. If I have to choose just one more thing, I would say that we look for work that’s nuanced, surprising. Surprises happen in many ways—form, figurative language, the narrative, etc. The nicest surprises are usually nowhere near the “end.”

Jim Harrington at Six Questions For asks an editor of a lit mag six questions every week. Here’s his interview with me.

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“Leave People.”

June 9, 2015
You have given yourself your word and there is no retracting it. Leave people. If to get the solitude that is necessary you must go into a washroom, go there, lean against the wall and write. Write as you write in the morning, anything at all. Write sure or unsure, hurriedly or blank verse; write what you think of your employer or your secretary or your brother; write a short story synopsis or a fragment of dialogue or a description of someone you have recently noticed.

— Louise Bogan

From Louise Bogan’s “Managing The Unconscious,” in A Poet’s Prose

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