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Live Ball by Tamara Adelman

There is no “love” in live ball, and the noncumulative scoring gave me the sensation of turning over a new leaf after each “challenge,” which is what the live ball games were called. Like doubles without serving—a pro put the ball into play—there were up to seven of us on the court, but only four […]

Gay Degani Interviews Christopher Allen

Other Household Toxins Christopher Allen Talks About His Collection Interviewed by Gay Degani Christopher Allen’s collection, Other Household Toxins (Matter Press, 2017) embraces menace for the innocent boy, the innocent girl. In one of his stories, “A Practiced Silence,” the narrator says, “Inside, Dad worries a tangled 3D collage: three tattered ladder-back chairs, a mildewed […]

Meg Tuite Interviews Scott McClanahan

In Conversation with Scott McClanahan Meg Tuite: Why do we call it a mental illness when everyone has one? Scott McClanahan: Yeah it’s funny when you go to the library and there’s whole shelves about abnormal psychology but no shelf that says normal psychology. I’ve always thought that was strange as well. Adam Phillips is […]

Home Made Woman by Meg Tuite

Mom clung to the hamhocks of a smack-mouthed infantry of a man and all the kitchen utensils for over fifty years. She baked pies, cakes, cookies, casseroles, broiled chops, steaks, turkeys, and bacon while his face and ass blew out the windows, the children, the TV. Rose-scented and silent, she cooked and heaped plates; kept […]

Of Pinafores and Satin Bows by Cyndy Muscatel

The summer I was five, I had a lot to worry about. We moved into a new house when my sister was born. Two big adjustments—the house and my sister. But that wasn’t all. Every Wednesday at noon an air raid siren went off. President Eisenhower said on the radio that the siren was to […]

Meg Tuite Interviews and Reviews Michelle Reale

  Michelle Reale is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Marie Curie Sequence (Dancing Girl Press, 2017) and Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily (forthcoming from Cervana Barva Press, 2018), as well as three books on librarianship with a fourth due out in January 2018. Much of her work focuses on Italian-American […]

Ray Nessly Reviews Crossing the Lines

As he demonstrates in his outstanding story collection, Crossing the Lines, Tony Press is a keen observer of humankind. Perhaps it’s due to the Buddhist path that he follows, but as almost all reviewers point out, in so many words, Press’s stories have heart, they reveal us for what we are, they remind us of […]

Scott Waldyn Reviews The City, Awake by Duncan Barlow

It’s difficult to talk about The City, Awake by Duncan Barlow (published by Stalking Horse Press) without spoiling the mystery, but the novel is unlike any thriller I’ve read before. It’s dark, moody, and buried deep within the towering skyscrapers of a cityscape that seems larger than life, and it’s also a thoughtful exploration of the mind. In […]

Our Trip to the American Writers Museum

We recently were given the opportunity to explore the brand new American Writers Museum in downtown Chicago! Read our write-up below.   In the 1930s and 40s, Chicago was known as a major hub for publishing. From book binderies to publishing companies, this Midwestern goliath was known for producing great contributions to Literature. While the […]

James Claffey Reviews The Best Small Fictions 2016

Eclectic, compelling, and in places uneven, The Best Small Fictions 2016 presents a wide-ranging take on flash fiction, taking the reader from the woods of Michigan to Minnesota’s I-35 on a journey through the finest short fictions of the past year. Amongst the stand-out pieces are Justin Lawrence Daugherty’s “A Thing Built to Fly is […]