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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...

The Bittersweet

The School pay to make dreams sort of happen. They don’t promise this will happen, but you can tell a sort of artist resume —weight, height, eye and hair color black and white too curvy too short no loyalty next money makers. IT. You are not it. But you hope the way...

Two Erasures from Wasteland

Nothing earthshaking here and they need more work, although I think I returned some dignity to the bored typist and well, the dog is okay. Unreal City,(Dogs, too, in the Wasteland) death sighs, short and infrequent flow up the hill with a dead sound I knew, and stop...

Secondhand Man

You want to see poverty, let me take you home to Sobral. I grew up eating dust, sand, the odd nut, and improvised verse. This was before rap and funk and the big supermarkets sold soda and microwave popcorn. We were the inspiration for popcorn. I sang in church and...

Epistolary Down a Well

Hi All - again, i misunderstood the timing, so apologies for this late entry. i loved all the reading and this exercise. I combined the epistolary prompt with the "use your imagination" prompt and sort of came up with a hybrid, interrupted letter (started to write it...

So She Was

"The future is a past that has not yet come to pass. Do you ever suddenly find it strange to be yourself?" –Clarice Lispector The hollow monotony vibrates through porous mouths. Intoxication of sky lodges its devouring yawn between humans and me. Cigarettes blind the...

Online Dating: Match Me If You Can

(Hmmm, this is harder than I thought. My copy of the 'crossed-out' didn't translate (it follows). I made a few punctuation type changes to fit new sentences...and I might have chosen a more inspiring source, but it seemed funny at first. Process was very interesting...

Day 1 – Diary

nursing homes of birdsong infiltrate wiry gymnasiums enter the march madness canceling video game difference distraction waking a blue wrist watch walking opening the opening scream routine pop top funeral pushed oblique twin roads from the greentip of stop sign...

More Beautiful Than the Moon

He said he’d lasso me the moon, George Bailey-style. He stroked the bluish-purple moonstone on my ring finger, an heirloom from my grandmother, and whispered that he’d get me a real one. A proper moon stone for a wedding ring. “But I like this one,” I said. He shook...

Dear Earth, We Are Killing the Animals and Incinerating Ourselves

Dog days, my grandma used to call them, tattered end of a summer that hung on too long after it should have, a murderous furnace of days. Think cold, she’d say while we sat out front. Think of snow and the dim white of a bone moon in December. Dog days, the old mutt...

Transfiguration

This is the story of how lemonade becomes watermelon. It begins at the carp, you posing for my artsy slow-motorcade and timing larva pierces, artsy, smudgy neon pierces, while we laughed like chimeras who have no idea what’s coming. It begins the last time we make...

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...

Bubbles

“The bubbleis what you make itlevying an emotional tax …as magical as a typicalDisney trip.”(Excerpted from “The True Cost of Life in the NBA...

The Fall of Toby and Lady

Before the neighbors leashed and fixed their dogs, they roamed freely through our fields, and Toby, my dog, courted Lady, the Airedale next door,...

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