Issue #15

Abigail Child, Mud Season Review Artist

visual rents in the status quo

Riki Moss interviews
Abigail Child

 

Our contributing art editor, Riki Moss, recently had this exchange with Abigail Child, Issue #15’s featured artist. Here’s what she had to say about her relationship to the many media she works in, her particular interest in collage and film, and the themes in her work… Read more

the raw reality of other people

Katie Stromme interviews
Elizabeth Gaucher

 

Our nonfiction co-editor, Katie Stromme, recently had this exchange with Elizabeth Gaucher, our Issue #15 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what Gaucher had to say about the difficulty of writing “Where it Ends,” her thoughts on the representation of childhood and reconstructing memories, and her evolution as a writer… Read more

the unpredictable weather of language

Erin Post interviews
Jim Richards

 

Our poetry co-editor, Erin Post, recently had this exchange with Jim Richards, our Issue #15 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about his evolution as a poet, the inspiration he finds in teaching, and his advice to younger poets… Read more

the place, the tone, the rhythm of it all

Natasha Mieszkowski interviews
Eric Barnes

 

Our fiction co-editor Natasha Mieszkowski recently had this exchange with Eric Barnes, our Issue #15 featured fiction author. Here’s what he had to say about the setting that inspired “The Minister,” his writing process, and his attention to style over plot and character … Read more

ART: ISSUE #15

Collage

By Abigail Child
 
 

The work consistently places disruption in conjunction with consumerist and pop culture, simultaneously eliciting the surrealist Americanism of a Bruce Conner, the cut-and-paste gestures of Hannah Hoch and the sensuousness of Sargent, alive to the makeup of the social body…
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"The Risk of Being Complicated" by Lorette C. Luzajic, 36" x 48” Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas, Mud Season Review

NONFICTION: ISSUE #15

Where It Ends

By Elizabeth Gaucher
 
 

The wider and darker the bruise, the greater was the evidence of our commitment. In hindsight, that was a pretty unsettling attitude for a couple of twelve-year-old girls to have about their favorite pastime. Sandy and I invented “tennis basketball” one summer in the early 1980s, ostensibly just to occupy our bored selves…
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"#25 Rain" by Ramsay Wise, 24" x 30" Spray Paint and Acrylic on Canvas, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #15

The Minister

By Eric Barnes
 
 

When someone dies in the North End, there is a funeral. Many people attend. It is our only communal act. There are really no other reasons for a crowd to gather. There is a church downtown that still has a minister, an older man I see sometimes near the corner store or near the church itself, where he sweeps the wide steps leading up to the entrance…
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"Sheath" by Carol Wisker, 6” x 6” x 6” Recycled textile and fiber, wood box, 2010 (Photo credit: Howard A. Brunner), Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #15

Kissing Boys

By Jim Richards
 
 

When was the last time I kissed him,

my eldest son, on the mouth?

I can’t remember. When did I start

turning away and offering cheek

instead of lips? Somewhere between

our last kiss and today’s awkwardness

we forgot the words to an old song.
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