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Review of Therese Zvoboda’s Dog On Fire by David John Baer McNicholas

The dead do not simply disappear underground. This is something every murderer learns; you keep what you kill. It’s true in more subtle ways when death is inflicted more slowly through family dynamics. Svoboda’s narrator lives in a town where she can’t escape her dead...

Bending Genres Q & A with Dominique Christina by BG Editor David McNicholas

Dominique Christina is a prolific artist. Last month she taught a weekend workshop on writing allegory at Bending Genres. I was lucky enough to attend, where I found myself generating writing from places I couldn’t anticipate. I wanted to share Dominique’s inspiring...

Review of Amy Barnes’ Child Craft by Francois Bereaud

A mom, two kids, a jar of pickles, an abandoned K-Mart, and a flood walk into an Amy Barnes story …  For the rest, you’ll have to read Barnes’ new hybrid collection, Child Craft, recently released from Belle Point Press. Whether Barnes’ punchlines hit in the...

Review of Laurie Marshall’s Proof of Life by Francois Bereaud

“At first, you think it’s snowing.”  This opening line of “Some of Your Favorite Things Aren’t Made to Last,” the first story in Laurie Marshall’s masterful flash collection, Proof of Life, sets the tone for an unexpected and wild, but, ultimately, very...

Process, Process, Process: A Review of Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash by Michael Loveday (review by Jonathan Cardew)

When I opened up Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash by Michael Loveday, I did what I imagine most writers will do when they get this brilliant guide: I wrangled and chivvied a bunch of flashes into a novella-in-flash.  Ergo, this guide works.  It’s...

Review of no farther than the end of the street by Benjamin Niespodziany (by Robyn Schindeldecker)

There Goes the Neighborhood: A Review of Benjamin Niespodziany’s No Farther Than the End of the Street In The Poetics of Space, the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard draws a connection between the solitude of human consciousness and the solace of intimate...

Review of A World Beyond Cardboard by Jonathan Cardew (by Dan Crawley)

I was ecstatic to find out that Jonathan Cardew published a debut microfiction collection, A World Beyond Cardboard (ELJ Editions, 2022). I have been following his writing for years and greatly admire his talent of creating memorable short fiction. Cardew’s use of...

A Review of Leigh Chadwick’s YOUR FAVORITE POET by Dan Crawley

Leigh Chadwick is the kind of poet who causes me to constantly blurt out, “That is so true!” when I read her superlative writing. And her new collection, Your Favorite Poet (Malarkey Books, 2022) causes me to shout my praises to the top of the sky about her...

Michelle Ross’s They Kept Running, review by Dan Crawley

They Kept Running (University of North Texas Press, 2022) by Michelle Ross is the 2021 Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. As I read this gem of a book by one of my favorite writers, I was not surprised this collection of flash fictions...

A review of Jayne Martin’s Daddy Chronicles by Jonathan Cardew

Less is more, so they say. But more what?  In Jayne Martin’s case: more devastating, more incisive, more insightful.  This book is a case in point. Through 37 bite-sized chapters, each about 100-300 words, Martin recounts her experiences growing up without a...

A Review of Stella Lei’s, “Inheritances of Hunger” by Amy Cipolla Barnes

Pull up a seat to Stella Lei’s word table with her collection Inheritances of Hunger. It feeds the soul in five story courses: “Games,” “Changeling,” “On Building a Nest,” “Graftings,” and “Meals for the End of the World.” Throughout, she...

Triumph of Female Empowerment: a review by Claire Polders of Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us by Lynn Mundell

I’ve been a fan of Lynn Mundell’s writing ever since I discovered her work in 2015, so when her debut collection won the Yemassee 2021 Fiction Prize, I was not surprised.  Mundell is a master of the darkly funny and tenderly magical. In this collection, she...

With the Help of Leigh Chadwick, I Review Shane Kowalski’s Small Moods

by Leigh Chadwick I first came across Shane Kowalski’s writing while doom-scrolling through Leigh Chadwick’s Twitter feed. It was a piece of flash fiction—nothing more than a slight paragraph. It’s been months since I read that piece of Shane Kowalski’s writing on...

How Far I’ve Come by Kim Magowan

How Far I've Come by Kim Magowan, review by Dan Crawley Kim Magowan’s How Far I’ve Come (Gold Wake Press, 2022) is a collection of flash fictions and a few longer works that brought me joy while I read. Yes, I smiled with delight, finding myself smiling time...

A Review Q&A with Myself on the Subject of Dan Crawley’s Collection The Wind, It Swirls with the Principal Answer Being I Couldn’t Put This Book Down by Jonathan Cardew

Q: Could you put this book down? A: No, I could not. I could not put this book down.  Q: Why is it you couldn’t put this book down? Can you put your finger on the reason? A: I think there are many reasons. The stories fizz with interesting characters and...

TURMERIC & SUGAR: STORIES by Anna Vangala Jones; review by Dan Crawley

The debut short story collection, Turmeric & Sugar: Stories by Anna Vangala Jones (Thirty West Publishing House), is a feast for the senses and a tour of the challenges of love, triumph, and regret. Throughout, Jones’s prose is a wonderful mix of magic...

My Fave Five- May 2021

May 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew May Selector: Andrew Bertaina What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

MY FAVE FIVE- APRIL 2021

April 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew April Selector: Minyoung Lee What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

BENDING GENRES PRESENTS!!! Meg Tuite interviews Garielle Lutz about writing, life and so much more! So honored to have these two amazing writers in conversation…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTIyc9wIjL0 And you can order Gari's new book, WORSTED, from SF/LD here: https://www.hobartpulp.com/books/worsted

My Fave Five- March 2021

March 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew March Selector: Hannah Grieco What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

Bending Genres Reading for SMOLfair- March 5, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. E.S.T. This Friday, we have a great line-up for our Bending Genres Reading for the SMOLfair book fair event happening March 3- 7. Fiction Editor, Meg Tuite and EIC Robert Vaughan will be hosting a...

What Are The Chances? by Robert Scotellaro (review by Paul Beckman)

In Robert Scotellaro’s latest collection of gems, “What Are the Chances” he tells us the chances that way only he could write of lovers, friends, family, and more in a way that leaves you shaking your head in wonderment with these fast-paced stories filled...

Time. Wow. by Neil Clark (review by Jonathan Cardew)

Full disclosure: I am a complete and utter sci-fi nerd. Give me Star Trek. Give me LeGuin. Give me 2001: A Space Odyssey. Give me anything that is not of this planet/ space-time continuum-related/full of stars. So when I first came across Neil Clark’s small,...

Demolition in the Tropics by Rogan Kelly (review by Alina Stefanescu)

Rogan Kelly. Demolition in the Tropics. Lewisburg, PA: Seven Kitchens Press, 2019. 28 pages. $9.00. Some readers expect to be punched in the gut repeatedly. Demolition in the Tropics is not for them. Rogan Kelly's poetic line is wistful, impressionistic, similar to...

Death, Desire and Other Destinations by Tara Isabel Zambrano (review by Dan Crawley)

Tara Isabel Zambrano’s full-length flash collection, Death, Desire, and Other Destinations (Okay Donkey Press, 2020), illuminates, enchants. I’m awestruck with Zambrano’s effortless talent, her swings from stark realism to inventive magic realism. She is...

Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich (reviewed by Audra Kerr Brown)

Audra Kerr Brown lives betwixt the corn and soybean fields of southeast Iowa with her husband and two children.

Bending Genres Q & A with author Karen Stefano (What A Body Remembers) and Emily Bertholf

Q & A : Interview with Karen Stefano, author of What A Body Remembers. Emily Bertholf: Your latest book is a memoir about the life-altering night in 1984 when you were violently attacked on your way home from work and your long struggle of dealing with...

One Rung at a Time

Caroline steps onto the deck and immediately notices the patio umbrella is missing.  Not again, she thinks. Her husband Karl had tried everything to keep it from flying off the deck with the frequent windstorms that gathered speed across the lake and headed straight...

Bosoms Redux

This is in response to the first prompt. (Wish I had more time to write more this month.)   We have been together since birth.  You crept out like crocuses.  Blossomed into bright red tulips. Mounded like Fuji. Blazed the eyes of men. Were cupped by countless...

A Series of Stories Starting with A Squirting Cucumber and Ending with One Also

Age of 25 When I was the age of 25, a woman claiming to be the direct descendant of William the Conqueror gave me a squirting cucumber. I didn’t ask any questions. We danced the tango. We unfurled a massive blanket across dewy grass. Everything was light. When the...

Butterflies: Please read this version

Butterflies My niece, Shelby, has not learned how to lie yet. Or how to slow her waterfall of facts and opinions. When we’re in my butterfly garden playing with her dollhouse dolls, she answers all my questions. “Yes, Mommy cries and yells and sleeps a lot sometimes...

When the lights go out, there are no shadows

Daniel fills the dad-shaped shadow by Lita’s side but his silhouette doesn’t quite match. The edges of his body don’t line up, his shoulders are not as broad. He can’t fill the gloom left by his father. At least, not enough to satisfy his mother. Of course, Clio has...

Suerza

[list, random Dictionary of Sorrows choice, headline] Suerza n. “a feeling of quiet amazement that you exist at all, that you somehow emerged alive and breathing despite all odds….” Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows “Leukemia Claims Local Restaurant Owner.” The...

How to Pack for a Two-Week Trip With One Small Suitcase

How to Pack for a Two-Week Trip With One Small Suitcase Where is our destination, my love? How many miles will it take to get to the other side of the moon or your unhappiness? Pack not only your toothbrush, your warm woolen socks, but also your fortitude, your...

He Never Wanted Me to Really Know Him

On the top shelf of my parents’ closet where my mother has never explored, I pull down dad’s rifle case. Just before they fully drugged him at the hospice facility, he asked me to get rid of it when he died. Behind the gun I discover a faded boot box frosted with a...

The Daughter of the TV Detective

In a town in the Arctic Circle, Iceland, Finland, Alaska, or the Shetland Islands (the important attribute of the location is the cold), the teen-age Daughter of the TV Detective receives a FaceTime call from her mother just as the Daughter unlocks the door of their...

It’s God’s Fog Up Top: A Review of Benjamin Niespodziany’s Cardboard Clouds by Jonathan Cardew Who Quotes Various Lines from the Work Instead of a Traditional Review (Plus a Few Pics) Partly Because He is Lazy and Partly Because He Doesn’t Want to Debase This Extraordinary Hybrid Collection of One-act Plays and Prose Poem Oddities with the Mundanity of Review Language Hence This Recycled Homage to Language Play Itself (and a Few Pics)

Language! “The symphony in the pit consists of rhythmic minimalists.” “Lips like witch” “The sky is a sweltering velvet, held together by loose...

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