Strumming and Crying w/ Elijah Burrell

“Music is my answer to everything. I love to listen to music just before I write. I’m sure it has something to do with the rhythm in it, the instruments’ sonic textures, the way the voices sound, the comfort in knowing it’s always there waiting for me.”...

Nancy Jainchill Remembers Diane Di Prima

 In every issue, we try to remember something. In our Winter/Spring 2015 Issue, our friend Nancy conjures some turbulent moments. Remembering Diane Di Prima We went to the same high school—Hunter College High School in New York—all girls at the time, and you took a...

Australian Drew Smith is the Oyster Man

“From the Charente to the Gironde is an open oyster garden in the sea. At the heart is the Marennes-Oléron, famous for their greenish hue, caused by a single celled algae which forms on the bottom of the oyster parks in spring and colours the waters. When the...

Heads Up: On Characters

February is one of our big submission months and we’ve already seen a few patterns in our turn downs. My feeling about character complexity has changed after working with some playwrights last summer. I used to think we should let characters define themselves by...

North by way of South

Now that we are putting the finishing touches on our fifth issue (due in February 2015), the awards are showing up for our 2013 issues. It seems fitting that Sandra Ramirez’ Best American Essay notable selection would begin South of the border because Free State...