Colorado Review Podcast: In Conversation with Cynthia Parker-Ohene

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This month Editorial Assistant Sara Hughes sits down with Cynthia Parker-Ohene to discuss her debut collection Daughters of Harriet, part of the Mountain/West Poetry Series published by the Center for Literary Publishing.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Cynthia and Sara talk about the legacy of black women, namely Harriet Tubman, how the labor of black women is perceived and performed in the US, the meaning of working for others during the pandemic, food’s role in poverty across gender and race and class, as well as how our ancestors call on us today to speak in poetry.

Notre Dame Review – No. 52

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The Summer/Fall 2021 issue of Notre Dame Review is subtitled “New Life” and offers stellar prose and poetry from Adam Byko, Natalie Storey, and John Vanderslice, as well as poetry from Mary Gilliland, David Moolten, and Honora Ankong, among many others. As a companion to the print issue, the website includes additional content such as author commentary on their published work, weblinks, expanded bios, links to other works, and related interviews. The publication also provides a “web extra” from the print edition to read in full. For this issue, William O’Rourke’s A Covid-19 Journal: Intermittent is available. Stop by the Notre Dame Review website for all this and more.

Kestrel – Issue 46

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In the Winter 2021-2022 issue of Kestral: A Journal of Art and Literature, the editors comment that “A theme emerged organically” around food, hunger, and thirst: “We not only spend time thinking about food; we have deep feelings about it, hard thumbs up for our favorites or thumbs down for disgusting foods we’d rather start than eat. Food can provide solace and sustain us with its memory. It’s mythic and essential, political and also a point of conflict.” Visit the Kestral website to read select content by Patricia Caspers, Mark Crimmins, Hayley Harvey. Lily Lauver, Jory Mickelson, Jane C. Miller, and Rose Strode.

Rivanna Review – Issue 3

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The March 2022 issue of Rivanna Review (#3) includes stories by Lynne Barrett, Harris Coverley, Maija Haavisto, and Mitchell Toews, essays by Maxim Matusevich, Brother Boncoeur, Brent Howe, and Muriel Gudgeon, art by Jim Ross, Lia Mageira, and Norm Melichar, as well as a feature called “Notices” which includes three historical essays about “Little Blue Books,” “The Sorcerer,” which examines “the writer as sorcerer […] and none more adept than Marcel Proust,” and “La Scarzuola,” the Franciscan monastery. Visit Rivanna Review for more information.

Salamander – No. 53

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Published at Suffolk University, this new issue of Salamander includes 2021 Fiction Contest First Prize Winner, “Lucky, Lucky, Lucky” by Nicole Simonsen, and Second Prize Winner “Panzanalia” by Justina Elias, along with creative nonfiction by Sarah Cedeño, and poetry by Anindita Sengupta, Christopher DeWeese, Sara Elkamel, Inez Tan, Kathleen Winter, Minadora Macheret, Katie Marya, Seth Leeper, Lynn Gao Cox, Aneska Tan, Leigh Chadwick, Alejandro Lucero, and more.

The Gettysburg Review – 33:4

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The Gettysburg Review 33:4 features paintings by Erik Weisenburger, fiction by Jackson Saul, Benjamin Ehrlich, and Sofia Ergas Groopman; essays by Molly Gallentine, Alexis Richland, Cassandra J. Bruner, Stephen Corey, and James McKean; poetry by Kathryn Cowles, Janice N. Harrington, Colin Pope, Alice Friman, Albert Goldbarth, Christopher Howell, Margaret Gibson, Bruce Snider, Floyd Collins, Sherod Santos, Jaswinder Bolina, Nicholas Friedman, and Sydney Lea.

Rattle – 75

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The Spring 2022 issue of Rattle featured a Tribute to Librarians. Librarians work on the front lines of literature and are often the last bulwark against censorship, as we discuss with former librarian Janice N. Harrington in the conversation section. The theme includes 16 poems by librarians and their always-interesting contributor notes. The open section features 22 poets exploring the mysteries of life, both large and small. You can purchase the new issue at the Rattle website.