Contributor Interview: Louise Marburg

April 28, 2016

Louise Marburg is a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in Labletter, Reed, Day One, Necessary Fiction, Corium, The Louisville Review, Cold Mountain Review, and others, and in the Lascaux Prize Anthology. She has been a contributor at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. …

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Evelyn Hampton: Contributor Interview

April 22, 2016

Evelyn Hampton’s first book, Discomfort, was published in 2015 by Ellipsis Press. A chapbook, Madam, is forthcoming from Meekling Press. Her writing has also appeared in BOMB Magazine, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant, The Brooklyn Rail, Birkensnake, and elsewhere. She lives in Oregon. Evelyn’s story “Heirloom” appears in Issue Six, and you can read it in its entirety here The Cossack Review: Your short stories often seem …

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Mark Brazaitis – Contributor Interview

April 9, 2016

Mark Brazaitis is the author of seven books, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His latest book,Truth Poker: Stories, won the 2014 Autumn …

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Lopez’s “Good People” Uneven But Charming

January 5, 2016

Good People Robert Lopez Bellevue Literary Press 192 Pages $16.95 Reviewd by Patrick Vogelpohl   Good People, Robert Lopez’s latest short fiction collection, is like a younger sibling: Both are often irritating, but you want them in your life. Lopez is the author of Asunder, Kamby Bolongo Mean River and Part of the World. Vol. 1 Brooklyn praised Asunder, Lopez’s first collection of stories, for its …

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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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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: 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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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: 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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