Three Levitations: Julia Elliott on Rapture

Toward the end of my short story “Rapture,” a small, wizened, evangelical grandmother called Meemaw, after speaking in tongues and describing the End Times in lurid detail, levitates for a few glorious seconds before plopping back down upon the stained …

Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, the New York Times, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds( Tin House Books, 2014), was chosen by KirkusBuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the best books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch (Tin House Books, 2015), was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Prince of Tides Literary Award.

Refugee Architecture and Other Systems of Daily Experience

Amze Emmons’ graphite, gouache, and acrylic works present dilapidated urban spaces in various stages of re-composition, from a razed lot boasting only concrete rubble and an abandoned ice machine (Having Fled Already) to a shantytown fully “developed” out …

Amze Emmons holds a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MA and an MFA from the University of Iowa, and he is currently an associate professor at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including Works on Paper Gallery in Philadelphia, Kesting/Ray in New York, and OHT Gallery in Boston; his work is in collections ranging from the Baltimore Museum of Art to the Tama Art Museum in Tokyo. He is a co-founder of the art blog, and currently resides in Philadelphia.

on Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons edited by Kelly Gerald

When early twenty-first-century readers imagine Mary Flannery O’Connor, they are prone to think of her as perpetually ill, wearing black-rimmed wing glasses and sitting on her porch at Andalusia, crutches leaning against the wall beside her rocking chair, her face …

Matthew Bryant Cheney earned his BA from Carson-Newman University and this May will complete his MA in literature and cultural studies at the University of Tennessee, where he has focused on post–World War II American literature and written a thesis titled “Flannery O’Connor and the Mystery of Justice.” He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife, Ashley, and their Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, Nina.

Breaking It


From boredom, a way to keep …

Mary Hood, 2014 inductee to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, is the author of the novel Familiar Heat (1995) and the short-story collections And Venus Is Blue (1986) and How Far She Went (1984). A new collection of stories, A Clear View of the Southern Sky, is forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press in 2015.

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