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  • Possums Run Amok

    Possums Run Amok

    By Lora Lafayette

    In Possums Run Amok, teenager Lora Lafayette hitchhikes to destinations unknown, striving to quench her...

  • Seeking Fortune Elsewhere

    Seeking Fortune Elsewhere

    By Sindya Bhanoo

    The eight stories in Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, Sindya Bhanoo’s exquisite debut story collection, paint a...



    By Anaïs Duplan

    The title of Anaïs Duplan’s latest book, I NEED MUSIC, makes a seemingly straightforward declaration,...

  • Earthly Delights

    Earthly Delights

    By Troy Jollimore

    One of the very few facts that should keep artists inspired to make more art...

  • North | Rock | Edge

    North | Rock | Edge

    By Susan Tichy

    There is a call to approach the remote corners of the world and know, for...

  • Cold Candies

    Cold Candies

    By Lee Young-Ju (translated by Jae Kim)

    In the prose poems that comprise Lee Young-Ju’s collection Cold Candies, the physical world is...

  • A Myth of Ariadne

    A Myth of Ariadne

    By Martha Ronk

    Martha Ronk’s A Myth of Ariadne examines our contemporary apathy toward war, casual violence, and...

  • Now you Know It All

    Now you Know It All

    By Joanna Pearson

    Now You Know It All, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, reads more like...

  • Shit Cassandra Saw

    Shit Cassandra Saw

    By Gwen E. Kirby

    In Greek mythology, Apollo grants Trojan priestess Cassandra the power to prophesize the future, but...

  • The Thicket

    The Thicket

    By Kasey Jueds

    Kasey Jueds’s second collection, The Thicket, has intersecting emotional and imagistic arcs that reward the...

  • What Could Be Saved

    What Could Be Saved

    By Gregory Spatz

    Gregory Spatz’s short fiction collection, What Could Be Saved, raises essential questions about the nature...

  • Tastes Like War

    Tastes Like War

    By Grace M. Cho

    Here’s the problem with mental illness: what we know about it is far surpassed by...

  • Pee Poems

    Pee Poems

    By Lao Yang (Translated by Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu)

    Lao Yang’s Pee Poems, translated from Chinese by Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu, is a...

  • Incryptions


    By Kylan Rice

    As Ronald Johnson offers us in his germinal epic, ARK: Beneath a maze pattern on...

  • Beautiful Objects

    Beautiful Objects

    By Martin Johnston

    Of the major Australian poets writing in the final decades of the twentieth century, Martin...