This issue features fiction by Jessica Denzer, Sam Asher, Roger Topp, & Elizabeth Childs among others; poetry by Luke Johnson, Melissa Ginsburg, Jordan Charlton, Dare Williams & Kara Knickerbocker among others; Creative Nonfiction by Les Brady, Shanisha Branch, Thomas Kevin O'Rourke, Sarah Edmonds, and Sandra Hager Eliason; Visual Art by Kelechi Nwaneri, Tania Nneji, and Segun Aiyesan; interviews with Luke Johnson, Kelechi Nwaneri, Tonia Nneji, and Segun Aiyesan. Preview issue here.
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"When Suffering is a Warm Blanket: Generational Burdens in Chelsea Bieker’s Heartbroke"
by Gianni Washington
"While at first, Heartbroke may hit the mind like a broken record—revisiting familiar tragedies through different characters who all occupy the same small patch of Earth—it is actually a study in the ways that small differences in nature and nurture can affect the way we view our place in this world."
Jessica Denzer Speaks with Fiction Editor D.W. White in this episode of West Trade Review’s PostScript Interview Series
"A lot of times in fiction and in real life we see how parents respond to gender and c“I think it’s really rare when you sit down and the language just leads you. I think you have to be in a space where you’re not trying to force something—that the stakes are not in a place that’s related to your awareness or actual cognizant intellectual ideas. That you somehow let those go, and I think that’s where the magic really happens, where the art happens.”..."
Jessica's short story "The Silence" appears in our Spring 2022 print edition. See link above.
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