Dying to Read You!

Meet our new fiction consultant, Jennifer Porter. Barrett Warner: Before you die, what would you change about today’s fiction?  Jennifer Porter: I would end the trend toward accessibility. Not everyone reads only at an 8th grade level....

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Escaping Every Danger Except the Past

Escaping Every Danger Except the Past

by Derek Berry In her debut short story collection Orders of Protection, Jenn Hollmeyer cartographs an ecology of escape in the state of Illinois—from fraught divorces, from crumbling marriages, from disappointing careers, from the past. At times messy or acute, these...

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The Look

The Look

It is Thanksgiving more than a yearafter your wedding, for which I had triedto write an epithalamion and failed.I walk the fields of your father-in-law’s farm,among leftover shreds of cottonmixed with busted stalks. The peanuts,which the bears ravaged, are sold,but...

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Lived Life, One Good Book

Lived Life, One Good Book

The Geography of Home Matthew Graham Galileo Press (South Carolina) 2019 Reviewed by Roy Bentley Excuse my needing to begin by saying, and bluntly, that some books are just sage-calm. Matthew Graham’s The Geography of Home is such a book. It maps Imagination’s...

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Transitions

Transitions

We’re excited to announce that Sorrah Edwards-Thro will be our new Transitions Editor.   Sorrah Edwards-Thro is a queer, trans masc, and autistic writer. He lives in a Maryland community of twelve people and holds jobs as a...

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Scary First Person

Scary First Person

By Edward Scissorhands    “Are dolls scary because they're lifelike or because they're so clearly not?” --Todd Dillard Halloween is a good time to talk about first-person. Is it real, is it a mask, or is it something darker? One problem with first...

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Where Have All the Demons Gone?

The trouble with poets is that we don’t have any urban myths. No story of the mad sonneteer with hooks for hands sneaking around Lovers Lane. No legend of the cannibal food poet who ate his extended metaphor garnished with his victim’s liver comfit. Try doing a survey...

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Wanted!

I’d cross any river if a poem or a story were on the other side, and that’s one reason I lobbied to become an editor for Free State Review in 2011, and eventually the book acquisitions editor for its publisher, Galileo Press. Being an editor lets me walk...

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Free State Review is a literary journal that comes out every 8 months. Want to know what we're into? Peruse our site and/or order a copy, then hit us up!

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