Because I’m Not Truly Alone: A Conversation With Steve Himmer

In Steve Himmer’s debut novel The Bee-Loud Glade (Atticus Books), Finch, a down-and-out corporate blogger whose life is spiraling, receives an email from Mr. Crane, a billionaire in search of someone to employ as a decorative hermit on his enormous property. Finch accepts the job and what ensues is a rich, funny, “postmodern pastoral,” that […]

Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Duet: Tyehimba Jess and Jeanann Verlee

This is the latest in Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Duet. To go to the column page, please click here. Infernal by Tyehimba Jess There is a riot I fit into, a place I fled called the Motor City. It owns a story old and forsaken as the furnaces of Packard Plant, as creased as the palm […]

Two poems by Tyler Gobble

Unpacking Straight Down The skydiver sighs the whole way down. Not even the bull could hear his feet lost in the grass. The colors engulf him, his parachute wrapped him for the first time. At some point it will be time to pack the backpack. It will be harder than the leap. From above the […]

Six poems by Heather Cox

We Were Tired of Living on Earth I. The wood panels on the wall began to flake and splinter. We saw, more than once, the face of Jesus Christ in carpet stains. The ceiling seemed to drip syrup; the vents coughed black ash. Our neighbors never smiled–in fact, I can’t remember their full-faces, only frowns. […]

Four poems by Jeanann Verlee

Gunslinger After the Psych Ward She cooks alone at the stove in underwear. The water is cold again. Now hot. She wants to drown in a tubful of milk. Wants a bottle of champagne and a thimble from which to drink. She wants the forks to rise up like a readied battalion. She sips tea […]