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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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: 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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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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“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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What Makes Good Fiction: Mark Slouka’s “The Crossing,” A Study In Suspense

March 1, 2012

Before you read this post, read Mark Slouka’s story “The Crossing” in the Paris Review. Slouka manages to employ an unusual level of suspense and tenderness in this story. Admittedly, the plot and the situations of the story – a rushing river, a father eager to please his small son, a divided family – are already given to suspense and tenderness. But what is it that makes the …

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