Fiction

possibilities for sound and beauty

Patrick Brownson interviews
Thomas Benz

 

Our fiction co-editor Patrick Brownson recently had this exchange with Thomas Benz, our Issue #27 featured fiction author. Here’s what he had to say about his love of traditional language, his writing and revising process, and the inspiration for his story “The Waiting Moon.”… Read more

"At Ray & Judy's Bookstore, Study 2" by Onelio Marrero, 10" x 8​"​ Oil On Canvas Board

FICTION ISSUE #27

The Waiting Moon

By Thomas Benz
 
 

Jarrett wakes with the disorienting sense that he has missed something, that there has been some lapse and he must try to figure out what’s gone wrong. Passengers are wearily lining up in the aisle, jostled by the accustomed roughness of the old rails. The street and buildings out the window are upscale, mildly forbidding and unfamiliar…
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veracity to the core

Lauren Bender interviews
Vi Khi Nao

 

Our editor in chief Lauren Bender recently had this exchange with Vi Khi Nao, our Issue #26 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about authenticity in literature, her philosophy of revision, and her love of writing in different forms and genres…. Read more

FICTION ISSUE #26

Winter Rose

By Vi Khi Nao
 
 

When it rains, which it hasn’t. At least not lately. But when it rains, which can be in the Spring or Fall, Nicole’s nipples become alert and her vulva swells up with clouds of feelings and illusions….
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cracking open and rewriting reality

Patrick Brownson interviews
Amanda Rodriguez

 

Our fiction co-editor Patrick Brownson recently had this exchange with Amanda Rodriguez, our Issue #25 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her love of speculative fiction, her development as a writer, and the inspiration for her story “The Tall House.”… Read more

"Mystic's Revenge" by D.S West, Digital Multimedia (photography, drawings [pen and ink, marker, pastels], digital effects, and manual corruption [glitch])

FICTION ISSUE #25

The Tall House

By Amanda Rodriguez
 
 

All the unmarried women in town lived in the Tall House. We called it that because the house rested high up on long stilts. There was never any danger of flooding, though….
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Brent Fisk, Featured Fiction

casting about your past to see what’s there

Natasha Mieszkowski interviews
Brent Fisk

 

Our fiction co-editor Natasha Mieszkowski recently had this exchange with Brent Fisk, our Issue #24 featured fiction author. Here’s what he had to say about exploring human complexity in his story “Victory Garden,” his approach to writing and revising, and the authors who have moved and inspired him…. Read more

"Paradox" by Fabrice Poussin, Photograph, Mud Season Review

FICTION ISSUE #24

Victory Garden

By Brent Fisk
 
 

When I’m working in the garden in the heat of August, ripping out the plants that failed to thrive, I think of my grandmother under her straw hat, her small trowel in her hand and a red bandana knotted at her throat. She was partial to shade-lovers—hostas, creeping Jenny, and coral bells…
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“Mansfield from Lake Champlain” by Matt Brown, 10 1/4” x 10 1/4” Color Woodblock Print, Mud Season Review

FICTION ISSUE #23

Fly in the Ointment

By Nathan Leslie
 
 

Happiness is a place called Fawn Lake. Happiness is the rose-laden trellis by the pool, the gentle burbling of the hot tub; the pool dangles over the lake improbably. The sun glows delightfully—neither too hot nor too distant. Perfect sailboats dot the lake, their sails blowing in the ever-so-slightly wafting wind…
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"Early Evening" by Jason Tako, 15" x 30" Oil on Linen. Private Collection., Mud Season Review Artist.

FICTION ISSUE #22

Sons

By Caitlin Hamilton Summie
 
 

When I was eight, my father woke me in the middle of the night to watch a calf being born. I woke to the rolling, rich sound of his laughter, then boards creaking as he climbed the stairs. Before I could drift back to sleep on my warm, soft feather tick, my door opened. I smelled the cold air on him, a whiff of manure, and sat up in bed…
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