Issue #17

a trip with a purpose

Katie Stromme interviews
Lori White

 

Our nonfiction co-editor Katie Stromme recently had this exchange with Lori White, our Issue #17 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her formal choices in “Mapquest to Auntie Iryne’s,” her favorite teaching assignment, and writers who are important to her… Read more

voiceless people, monuments, and places

Erin Post interviews
Abhay K

 

Our poetry co-editor Erin Post recently had this exchange with Abhay K, our Issue #17 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about the connection between his work as a diplomat and a poet, some of the projects he has worked on in the past, and what he is working on now… Read more

why bright things are sometimes contained

Cynthia Close interviews
Holly Savas

 

Our art co-editor Cynthia Close recently had this exchange with Holly Savas, our Issue #17 featured artist. Here’s what she had to say about her transition from marketing to art, through her time in Spain; the details of her working process; and how she balances creative risk and continuity… Read more

rotting crocks of sauerkraut

Natasha Mieszkowski interviews
Marie Curran

 

Our fiction co-editor Natasha Mieszkowski recently had this exchange with Marie Curran, our Issue #17 featured fiction author. Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration and thought behind “Perigee,” the writers who have been important to her, and her MFA experience… Read more

writer’s reiki

Katie Stromme interviews
Arthur Plotnik

 

Our fiction co-editor Katie Stromme recently had this exchange with Arthur Plotnik, our Issue #16 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what he had to say about his essay “Sap Rising,” his career as a writer, and his evolving writing community…. Read more

"The Last Caveman" by Gina Williams, Infrared Photograph, 2010, Mud Season Review

POETRY: ISSUE #17

1. Siddhartha

By Abhay K
 
 

I must have been cruel

to turn my face from my young wife

my newborn

longing for my lullabies.
 

I secretly fled at night

without goodbyes

riding my beloved horse the night through

who died exhausted at dawn.
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"Old’s ’84" by Matthew Cusick, 30" x 45" Inlaid maps on panel, 2014, Mud Season Review

NONFICTION: ISSUE #17

Mapquest to Auntie Iryne’s

By Lori White
 
 

Mapquest to Auntie Iryne’s by Lori White Leaving From:

FURMAN AVE, VENTURA, CA 93003

Pack the following:

Water to silence your mother’s nagging cough

The only dress you own and a pair of sandals to solve any wardrobe objections your father may have (you can change in the back seat)

KLEENEX!!!!!!!

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"So Close" by Gina Williams, Photograph, 2013, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #17

Perigee

By Marie Curran
 
 

The beauty catches in my throat as we pull onto the road to Asher and Moira’s farm, my husband beside me and our daughter in the backseat. It’s thirty minutes from our home in town, but we have not visited in months. Asher’s zinnias and onions, ripening pumpkins, and Moira’s pecking hens in a meadow of goldenrod meet us on the narrow dirt road up to the old farmhouse…
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ART: ISSUE #17

Shape Towers

By Holly Savas
 
 

My mixed media collage work is a visual expression of the contrasts I see in the world. I tend to view life in abstract fragments: bits and pieces of colors and shapes that float, clash and connect to one another across two dimensions in front of me as I move through my environment…
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