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 Printeresting.org, 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.

Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)

From the outset of her career, Jane Alexander—born in 1959 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and reared in the thick of Apartheid—has created sculptures that contain, in their silent, tensely arranged forms, histories of human failures. Butcher Boys (1985–86), part of …

Jane Alexander is a professor at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her work has traveled for the DaimlerChrysler Award and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in South Africa and Germany, and she has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Durham, London, Brussels, and Houston. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and biennials including The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945–1994 (2001–02) in Berlin, Munich, Chicago, and New York; Africa Remix (2004–07) in Düsseldorf, London, Paris, and Tokyo; and Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life (2012–13) in New York.

Watson and the Shark

after John Singleton Copley

 

From the leather bench, legs swinging 

          a foot from the floor, she brings her gaze

to the shark: its hideous teeth, its misplaced

          lips and mistaken shapes, the sinister

               way its mass slips beneath the

Brian Simoneau’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boulevard, Cave Wall, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Salamander, and other journals. His work is also included in Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (Linebreak, 2011). Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, he lives in Boston with his wife and two young daughters.

Rapture

Brunell Hair lived in a lopsided mill house with her mama and her uncle and her little withered-up critter of a grandmaw. In honor of her eleventh birthday, she was having a slumber party, but so far, only my best …

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.

Reliquaries

reliquary \ֽre-lə-ֽkwer-ē\ n. {Fr reliquaire, from ML reliquaiurium, from reliquia relic + Larium-ary—more at relic}: a casket, shrine, or container for keeping or exhibiting relics (remains, leavings, of a deceased person) 

—Webster’s Third New International Unabridged

Paul Zimmer lives on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin. In the fifteen years since his retirement from a long career in university publishing, he has published two books each of poetry and essay-memoir. His first novel, The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove, is forthcoming from Permanent Press in early 2015, when he will be eighty years old—which surely makes him, he believes, one of the oldest first novelists ever.

Metamorphosis: From Light Verse to the Poetry of Witness

How did I become a very old poet, and a polemicist at that? In the Writer’s Chronicle of December 2010 I described myself as largely self-educated. In an era before creative writing classes became a staple of the college curriculum, …

Maxine Kumin’s seventeenth poetry collection, Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990–2010 (W. W. Norton, 2010), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2011. Kumin’s other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals. A former United States poet laureate, Kumin lives with her husband on a farm in the Mink Hills of New Hampshire, where they have raised horses for forty years and enjoyed the companionship of several rescued dogs.