TCR’s Nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prizes

November 16, 2015

Here are The Cossack Review‘s nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prizes. It was very difficult to choose only six from among the many wonderful pieces of writing we published in 2015. “FYI,” by Kristopher Oppegaard. Fiction, Fall Web Issue “Reproduction Pantoum,” by Denise Duhamel. Poetry, Issue 5 “Who Came Before,” by Marlys West. Poetry, Issue 4 “The Poet’s Wife’s Friends Final Words,” by Dan O’Brien. Poetry, Fall …

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November 15, 2015

Whenever I go to a book fair or a convention to sit or stand behind a table and tell people about TCR, person after person asks “Where are you guys based out of?” Usually when someone asks this question, they want to know what college or university backs your literary magazine. They might just want to know where, geographically, your magazine is based, but 9/10 times they’re …

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Leave Your Good Ideas Out

November 1, 2015

The idea of process has always intrigued me. Sitting down to write is, I assume, different for everyone. I can’t explain my own properly, but I’ll take a stab at it. Oftentimes, there is a general idea or feeling I want to chase, so I start hammering away at the keys until it looks like a big, malformed version of whatever is playing out in …

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Contributor Interview: Michael Montlack

October 29, 2015

Michael Montlack‘s poem “From Poland With Love” appears in Issue 4. He is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo (NYQ Books, 2011) and the editor the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). His work has recently appeared in Cimarron Review, Barrow Street, Huffington Post, Gay and Lesbiana Review, Mudfish and New America as well as other journals and anthologies. …

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Contributor Interview: Christopher Tradowsky

October 27, 2015

Christopher Tradowsky’s story “Try These Useful Part-Conversations with Your Friends” appears in our Spring 2015 Web Issue. He lives in Saint Paul, where he writes stories and makes visual art. He has a PhD in Art History from UCLA, and teaches at St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His story “The Mountain Cousins” was selected by Scott Heim as the winner of the 2013 Bloom Chapbook Prize …

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Contributor Interview: Dan Klen

October 26, 2015

Dan Klen‘s poem “Visit to Santorini” appears in Issue 4. He was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. His work has appeared in The Monarch Review. He lives in Champaign, IL, where he is an assistant editor at the Illinois State Geological Survey. Brian Kornell:  What draws you to write poetry? Dan Klen: I find the process of writing, whether poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, to …

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Contributor Interview: Gerry LaFemina

October 25, 2015

Gerry LaFemina‘s poem, “Villainelle,” appears in Issue 4. He is the author of over a dozen books, the latest are Little Heretic (poems) and Palpable Magic: Essays on Poets and Prosody, both from Stephen F. Austin University Press. He directs the Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University and is Executive Director of Poets at Work. He divides his time between Maryland and New York.    Brian …

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Contributor Interview: Dan Gutstein

October 24, 2015

Dan Gutstein‘s story, “I Depreciate That,” appears in Issue 4. He is the author of non/fiction (stories) and Bloodcoal & Honey (poems) as well as stories and poems that have appeared in more than 95 publications. He lives in Washington, D.C., works in Baltimore, and cheers for Swansea City in the English Premier League.   Brian Kornell: What draws you to write fiction? Dan Gutstein:  I would …

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Contributor Interview: Charles Jensen

October 23, 2015

Charles Jensen‘s poem, Euridyce’s Complaint, appears in Issue 4. He is the author of The Nanopedia Quick-Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture and The First Risk, a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His chapbooks include Living Things and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon. A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in Bloom, …

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Issue 5

October 22, 2015

Issue 5 has gone to the printer!   You can soon order this issue on our website or see it at Wordstock in Portland on November 7. Here’s a look at the back cover.  

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