by Mark Alvarez
My old San Francisco neighborhood has two hearts: Portsmouth Square and Washington Square. While the former is something whose name is unrecognized even by many San Franciscans, part of the vagueness they thrust upon Chinatown–despite being the spot where the state of California was founded–the latter is one of the most well-loved public spaces in the City, a tree-lined green slope decompressing North Beach density, perfect for absorbing the between-fog sun.
… More Requiem for a Kool-Aid Wino: Why is Richard Brautigan, the Original George Saunders, Still Ignored?
Dear Anger, I have been staring for months at the blank word documentthat should be my next writing piece. Once a week I tap out a few bitter wordson my keyboard before deleting them once more. My problem: I am still not overyou. For more than a year I drowned myself if you, drowned my … More Dear Anger, What is Next? by Mekenzie Dyer
by Courtney Brooks
Author Dana Diehl has a complicated obsession with reality TV shows, particularly those one can find on TLC. Diehl’s fascination with the lives and struggles of the characters she watches on shows such as Dance Moms, Cake Boss, Sister Wives, The Bachelor, and House Hunters made way for the stories in her new chapbook, TV Girls. … More Dana Diehl Talks About TV Girls and What She Loves in Reality TV
A hermit crab essay is one that imitates a non-literary text—recipe, obituary, rejection letter—using the found form in novel ways, but retaining the semantic resonance of the original. … More The Hermit Crab Essay: Brenda Miller Unshells her Own
In a conference for writers, metaphors will rule. Do text and textiles share more than just a Latin root? Are collections like dead fish or disgusting birds? Are they like unruly orphans, clogged drains or music albums? … More A Clogged Drain, Box of Rocks, a Fish’s Heart: How Writers Structure their Collections
by Margarita Cruz
He is a former tow truck driver, former drug dealer, former tattoo shop owner, frank about his love for strippers and strip clubs as a former strip club bouncer. … More More than a Vulture: Talking Love and Loss and Sin and Forgiveness with Jesse Sensibar
Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” (1818) is one of the most famous paintings of the 19th century, and is often used to describe the era’s cultural concerns, as well as to highlight how damn well they dressed. The painting is often used to illustrate 18th and early 19th century notions of … More Science Confirms: The Aesthetic Sublime is Pretty Right On
Katie Quinnelly is a poet from West Virginia, where she is also a climbing instructor. Her chapbook, Sparrow Pie, is the winner of Eggtooth Edition’s 2017/2018 chapbook competition. … More So I Scream: An Interview with poet Katie Quinnelly
is what we call grapefruit juice club soda
and vodka. Also the name of a wolf and
inefficient bus. There is where you told … More Greyhound, by James Croal Jackson