Issue #35

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

the poem starts to write itself from within

Grier Martin interviews
Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad

 

Our poetry reader Grier Martin recently had this exchange with Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, featured poet for Issue #35. Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, her feelings on spoken word poetry, and how writing helps her work through painful experiences…Read more

allow your readers to ache with your words

Alexandra Carroll interviews
Mahdis Marzooghian

 

Our nonfiction reader Alexandra Carroll recently had this exchange with Mahdis Marzooghian, our Issue #35 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her recently completed novel, her wonderful experiences with writing workshops, and the importance of balance in writing nonfiction… Read more

viewing the world through a veil

Mark Benton interviews
Adelaide Tyrol

 

Our art editor Mark Benton recently had this exchange with Adelaide Tyrol, featured artist for Issue #35. Here’s what she had to say about the influence of travel on her art, artists that inspire her, and the variety of mediums and painting techniques she uses in her practice…Read more

"Synapse Tree" by John Timothy Robinson, 2012, paper 8.5x11 and image 7x9 with the medium as monotype (reductive technique) and the print in the collection of the artist

POETRY ISSUE #35

After the Antidepressants Stopped Working

By Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
 
 

There is a phrase we use in Farsi

in despair or desperation:

joonam beh labam reseedeh, or

my life has reached my lips,

and how I wished it were true…
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"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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"Fingers" by David J. Thompson, 2017, photograph

NONFICTION ISSUE #35

Lingua Nova

By Mahdis Marzooghian
 
 

I Inpulsa/Negatio: I wish I could tell you I love you in every tongue ever spoken. Maybe then it will be enough. Maybe then it will convince you. Or maybe it will make up for the fact that I cannot be yours in this lifetime….
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"Diving at Wadi Bani Khalid" by Adelaide Tyrol, acrylic on board with film overlay, 7.5x10

ART ISSUE #35

Paintings

By Adelaide Tyrol
 
 

Adelaide Tyrol says of her art: “My work often explores ideas and intuitions I have about the confluence of the natural world and the human enterprise. These thoughts propel me and keep me intellectually connected to current situations…
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