Fiction

Sorrow and Empathy

Grace Safford interviews
Sarah Freligh

 
 

Fiction co-editor Grace Safford recently had this exchange with Issue #38 featured fiction author Sarah Freligh. Here’s what she had to say about her best and worst workshop experiences, character development, her writing routine, and more…. 
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Harakiri

FICTION ISSUE #38

Next of Kin

By Sarah Freligh
 
 

Richard Nixon is dying. The radio in Sophie’s car burps to life with this news, then mysteriously quits. A short in the electrical system, according to her brother Kevin, something tricky and too expensive to bother with in a car this old….
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Casey Lefante

Keeping the Work of Literature Alive

Kathrin Hutson interviews
Casey Lefante

 
 

Fiction co-editor Kathrin Hutson recently had this exchange with Issue #37 featured fiction author Casey Lefante. Here’s what she had to say about employing the second-person point of view, writing about politics, her revision process, and more…. 
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Save the Bees

FICTION ISSUE #37

Honey Bee

By Casey Lefante
 
 

You lift your scalpel, stare at the speck in front of you. You feel kind of bad for it. One minute, it’s living its life in a sweet little colony, making honey and shit, and the next minute, it’s dropped unceremoniously onto a tin plate for a fifteen-year-old to dissect…
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An Anchor in Human Existence

Lauren Bender interviews
Florence Sunnen

 

Former editor-in-chief Lauren Bender interviews fiction author Florence Sunnen about how she creates the characters in her stories, her literary influences, her experiences as an MFA student and more…Read more

self-start your writing

Grace Safford interviews
Jillian Merrifield

 

Our fiction editor Grace Safford recently had this exchange with Jillian Merrifield, our Issue #36 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing and revision process, workshops and creative writing pedagogy, and the inspiration for her short story “Here, There Be Dragons”… Read more

One Wall Street

FICTION ISSUE #36

Here, There Be Dragons

By Jillian Merrifield
 
 

Dana and I are on this party’s shitlist, I can tell, and I’m pretty sure that it’s mostly about me. The host is the building manager of the high rise that Dana works in downtown, and he was so pissed to see that she’d brought an unsolicited male plus-one…
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credit: Eileen Chow

master a body of knowledge

Lauren Bender interviews
Emily Alice Katz

 

Our editor-in-chief Lauren Bender recently had this exchange with Emily Alice Katz, our Issue #30 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, the joy of being part of a writing community, and the inspiration behind her short story “The Italian Dance”… Read more

I see the world through stories

Lauren Bender interviews
Constance Renfrow

 

Our editor-in-chief Lauren Bender recently had this exchange with Constance Renfrow, our Issue #34 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her revision philosophy, her inspiration for “The Lady of the House,” and the balance of talent versus hard work in writing… Read more

"What Isn't The Home of God(dog)?" by Alexandria Heather, 44x30, mixed media

FICTION ISSUE #35

Laura

By Florence Sunnen
 
 

I wake up to the phone ringing, and the sun wedges itself between my lids. I peel my cheek off the notebook page I fell asleep on. The ringing comes from underneath a pile of clothes. The light is deep; it is the afternoon. I dig around for the phone and answer…
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