Lean more toward tenderness

Katie Stromme interviews
Alexander Barbolish


Our nonfiction co-editor, Katie Stromme, had this exchange with Alexander Barbolish, author of Issue #13’s “Whacking a Doe.” He shared his reflections on the scope of his essays, on writers who have influenced him, and on how his writing has been influenced by his study of history… Read more

Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction Issue #13

Whacking a Doe

By Alexander Barbolish

It took three shots to kill my first deer. The first bullet hit at the base of her lungs and exited out the left shoulder. With awkward, halting leaps, the doe bounded forward about twenty yards and then stopped. I rose from the weeds along the tree line and walked out into the field, focusing on the dark hole in the middle of her side.
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