We’re excited to announce our beautiful new Chanukah issue! Here you’ll find 12 splendid stories, originally written in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English, and in honour of the upcoming holiday, one of them is a Chanukah story: “Rock of Ages.” Enjoy our new issue and, to those who celebrate, Happy Chanukah (and Happy Thanksgiving)! Now at the Mag Stand.
Now at the Mag Stand: a special portfolio of writing from the Arabian Gulf countries, fiction from a farm in Ireland, a retirement community in India, and the Basque Country in the 1960s, essays about Easter Island, living in Greece, and exploring the Southern Ocean, and poems by Tom Sleigh, Stephanie Dinsae, Vernita Hall, and Colin Channer.
Now at the Mag Stand: Baltimore Review with new poetry by Iqra Khan, Gerry LaFemina, Caroline Pittman, Dannye Romine Powell, Emily Franklin, Merna Dyer Skinner, John Glowney, and Janet Jennings; fiction by J.T. Robertson, Madison Jozefiak, Nicholas Maistros, and Justine Chan; and creative nonfiction by Brandon Hansen, Morgan Florsheim, and Kerry Folan.
In this issue, find the novella “Like a Bomb Went Off” by Kristopher Jansma. Stories by Mackenzie McGee, Nathan Curtis Roberts, Jonathan Starke, Ada Zhang, Matt Greene, Heather Monley, and Laurie Baker. Essays by Jehanne Dubrow, Dawn Davies, Jane McCafferty, Alex Chertok, Kirsten Reneau, Jai Dulani, and Sara Eliza Johnson. One long poem by Bruce Bond, and other poems by Felicia Zamora, Lara Egger, and more. Find more poetry contributors at the Mag Stand.
Issue 43 of Nimrod International Journal is all about award winners! Check out the winners and finalists of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction
“White Black People” by Celine Aenlle-Rocha
“The Inventories” by Paula Closson Buck
“A Dolphin in Pain” by Rachel Furey
“God Is In Your Body” by Rachel Reeher
“Wife Of; or, What Does It Mean to Be Haunted?” by Jennifer Blackman
“The Southern Part of the State” by Teresa Milbrodt
“Thug” by Edvin Subašić
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
“Spell for Patience” and other poems by Emily Rose Cole
“Now” by Julie Marie Wade
“Vanishing Point” and other poems by Laura Apol
“Like a Friend” and other poems by Francesca Bell
“Everything I Love I Want to Consume” and other poems by Angela Sucich
Running Out of Words for Afterwards by David Hargreaves gives voice to cycles of desire, loss, and renewal.
Temple University Press has just released Invisible People by Alex Tizon in paperback. This book collects the best of Tizon’s rich, empathetic accounts.
The linked stories in Cara Blue Adams’s precise and observant You Never Get It Back offer elegantly constructed glimpses of the life of main character Kate.
You Better Be Lightning by Andrea Gibson is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection.
Also this month on the Book Stand, find new and forthcoming releases from Diode Editions including Dorothy Chan’s Babe, Shanta Lee Gander’s Ghettoclaustrophobia, and Kendra DeColo & Tyler Mills’ collaborative chapbook, Low Budget Movie.
Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie is a riveting combination of a society rooted in socioeconomic and hierarchical issues and a young woman who believes the life of crime she has chosen was, in fact, her choice. When the main character, Nirrim, discovers that the rules that were seemingly in place to keep her safe are doing more than that, she partners up with a gorgeous traveler, Sid, to find out more about the magic within the places she’s been kept from.
The story has it all: excitement, a love interest, magic, and mystery. It would also be remiss not to mention the LGBTQ nature of the romantic plotline, which is told beautifully. Overall, the story is worth the read, especially if you’re seeking something rooted in the fantastical that still discusses the problematic nature of the relationships between those who have and those who do not.
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 2020.
Reviewer bio: Shaelynn Long is a Michigan-based author who spends the majority of her free time consuming all the books she can, often while surrounded by her three dogs. She is the author of Blur, Work In Progress, and Dirt Road Kid. You can find more about Shaelynn at her website.
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The Fall 2021 issue of Weber features a Bernard DeVoto Subfocus which includes an interview with Mark DeVoto, as well as work by Mark Harvey, Nate Schweber, David Rich Lewis, Russell Burrows, and Val Holley. Also in this issue: poetry by Christian Woodard, Eric Paul Shaffer, Stephen Lefebure, Taylor Graham, Joseph Powell, Angelica Alain, and more; and essays by Adam M. Sowards and Ralph Hardy. Find fiction contributors at the Mag Stand.
In the “Awards” issue, now at the Mag Stand: fiction by Paula Closson Buck, Jennifer Blackman, Teresa Milbrodt, and more; poetry by Emily Rose ole, Francesca Bell, Angela Sucich, Kate Kingston, Adrie Rose, Jessica Pierce, Carolyn Oliver, Zack Lesmeister, Liz Marlow, Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Laura Apol, Connor Yeck, Christina Hutchins, Amy Miller, Caroline Earleywine, Gail Gudd Entrekin, Cynthia White, Dan Albergotti, Harley Anastasia Chapman, Kyoko Uchida, John Blair, and lots more.
Featured art by Harald Gaski and Máret Ánne Sara. Essays by Melissa Chadburn, Ananda Devi, MOncia Judge, Worapoj Panpong, George Sand, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs & Shuchi Saraswat, and Isaac Yuen; and fiction by Cristina Rivera Garza, Diaa Jubaili, Tasnim Qutait, Barbara Sutton, Che Yeun,and others. Check out poetry contributors at the Mag Stand.
This book is not new, so what you get is not new fiction as the title suggests. New Fiction from New England was published in 1986 by Yankee Books in Dublin, New Hampshire. Twenty-nine stories and not a clunker in the bunch. All were originally published in Yankee Magazine back when Yankee published stories (fiction). It no longer does, and it is lesser in my opinion as a magazine for no longer doing so. The editor then was Deborah Navas, a skillful writer in her own right.
If you’re looking for variety, and solid storytelling, you will get it here, in abundance, that is if you can find a copy. But do try!
New Fiction From New England edited by Deborah Navas. Yankee Books, 1986.
Reviewer bio: Raymond Abbott lives in Louisville, Kentucky.