The Soldiers Enter the House: An Interview with Brian Turner

Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and taught English in South Korea for a year before he joined the United States Army. He served in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division and then, when he was …

Patrick Hicks is the author of eight books, most recently The Collector of Names: Stories (Schaffner Press, 2015), The Commandant of Lubizec: A Novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard (Steerforth/Random House, 2014), and Adoptable (Salmon Poetry, 2014). He serves as the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University and is on faculty at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

on Counternarratives by John Keene

In 1995, thirty-year-old John Keene published his first book, the autobiographical novel Annotations. With its sentence fragments and snaking syntax, the book reads like a bildungsroman carved into pieces. The protagonist, an African American youth growing up in St. …

Alex McElroy’s writing appears or is forthcoming in New England Review, Copper Nickel, Kenyon Review Online, Black Warrior Review, and Catapult. He splits his time between New Hampshire and Texas.

on Testimony: The United States (1885–1915): Recitative by Charles Reznikoff

Some forty years after Charles Reznikoff first banded together with the New York poets Louis Zukofsky and George Oppen beneath the rubric of Objectivism, he was asked what that term meant to him. His response, for the reference work Contemporary

Dustin Illingworth is a critic and fiction writer based in Southern California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly, Literary Hub, and various other publications. He is the managing editor of the Scofield, and a contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine.

They’re Saying Now That Feathers Are Mostly Light, That Wings Are Mostly Not There

But sometimes it’s warm enough for the neighbor 

to stand in the field


and brush out her horse’s tail. She knows the sun

slips through it.


The horse is two-toned, losing a winter coat, the day

also a

Jill Osier’s recent work appears in Pleiades, the Southern Review, Southern Indiana Review, and West Branch. Her poem in The Georgia Review is part of a forthcoming chapbook, From.

Shayma Interviewed by a Medical Red Cross Staff Member in Corigliano Calabro

A “ghost ship” carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees including pregnant women and children has been towed safely to Italy after being abandoned by its crew.

­—The Independent, Wednesday, 22 April 2015


What is your name?

                    Yes, I.

Harold Schweizer, professor of English at Bucknell University, has published widely in literary theory, literary criticism, and the medical humanities. His most recent books are Rarity and the Poetic: The Gesture of Small Flowers (Palgrave, 2015) and The Book of Stones and Angels (Tupelo Press, 2015). Schweizer’s poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Cincinnati Review, and Kenyon Review, among other magazines. He has recently finished a second poetry collection, “Miriam’s Book,” about a refugee’s traumatic experiences during World War II.

Alva and the Complex Pool

You see, sooner or later, everything falters 

into radiance. The smallest components of our pent-up 


contingencies ignite. Energy shimmers in every cell. 

This afternoon, for example, from the balcony 


of my condo, in which I have lived exactly 

L. S. McKee’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Copper NickelBlackbird, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA from the University of Maryland, was a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University, and has received scholarships and grants from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Berea College’s Appalachian Sound Archives, among others. McKee teaches at the University of West Georgia and lives in Atlanta, where she is co-founder of Narrative Collective, an organization which supports collaborative projects of both Atlanta-based and international writers.

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