September 2015

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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