October 2015

Contributor Interview: Michael Montlack

October 29, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Writing Conscience

October 16, 2015

One of the first things— if not the first thing— I ever wrote was likely a grocery list. Nowadays, I could probably get a grocery list published if I worked very hard on it and called it creative nonfiction. I could arrange the ingredients in the list creatively, and for each ingredient I could label its intended use, or I could lie and put in …

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