We were so happy to welcome Michele Finn Johnson to the team this summer! As Assistant Fiction Editor, she works with Katie Flynn to bring amazing short stories right to your door. (Or, you know, screen.) Check out one of her latest stories, "Brittle Arms" in Necessary Fiction, and get to know her through our 19 Rounds:
1. Early bird or night owl?
Major night owl.
2. What was your worst haircut?
It was an inside job at one of those beauty supply stores. For a solid month afterwards, I pulled on the ends...
We are so happy to bring you the work of Harrison Geosits this month. Harrison is the author of September's featured memoir, "Midnight, Branson." He gives us a glimpse at the inspiration behind the piece, as well as a picture of the most perfect baby:
"'Midnight, Branson' is about two young men who explore their sexuality during a school trip, an experience which shaped my identity for years to follow. However, writing the story never occurred to me until I moved in to the apartment just below his – s...
We're doubly excited about this month's featured short story, "Amuse-bouches," as it's a collaboration from Michelle Ross and Kim Magowan. Kim is kicking off September's round of Just One Thing by letting us into a bit of the inspiration behind the story:
"The bit in the second section about grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods selling more cat food is true. My father used to work for Safeway, and I remember him telling us over dinner this piece of information, in the same suspense-building way...
There’s a marvelous, disturbing moment in Archibald MacLeish’s play based on the book of Job, J.B, that has stayed with me since I first read it in high school. In scene four, a reporter snaps a photograph of J.B.’s wife Sarah in the very moment that she learns her children have been killed:
Second Messenger: I’m from the press. There’s been an accident …
First Messenger: Four kids in a car. They’re dead.
Our September issue is making its grand entrance into the world on Saturday the 15th, so you know what that means: it's time to learn more about some of our new contributors and what they've been playing, thinking about, and loving lately.
I loved Andrew Sean Greer’s novel Less: I read it, then immediately reread it. It’s a dazzling, funny book, full of perfectly turned similes, but what I loved best is that it’s a bildungsroman about someone turning 50, and at long last growing up.
Have you heard? Indiana Review & Split Lip Magazine are partnering on an issue set to publish May 2019!
We are looking for collaborative work written by two or more authors or single-author work that seriously considers the theme of collaboration. Work by two or more authors can be about any topic, and we're looking for single-author work that considers collaboration in some way: multiple POVs, characters working together, first-person plural, creative use of voice in a story/poem/memoir etc.
We are SO HAPPY that Anna Vangala Jones has joined us an Editorial Assistant! And have you read her latest story in Catapult, "Mae and Me"? If not, go ahead and open up a new tab. We'll wait. And then get to know Anna a little better through 19 Rounds!
1. Early bird or night owl?
Both. Night owl but not by choice. Been an insomniac since before it was cool, like watching VH1 Insomniac Music Theater in high school. Does that give away my age? Early bird because I have small, loud children.
We instantly fell in love with the work of Morgan Stephenson, this month's featured artist. Her photography packs the weight of a memory. Recently, she took the time to talk to us about her work and inspirations.
1. Your work has appeared in a number of literary journals. How do you view the intersection of art and literature?
For me, both art and literature are tools in which we use to tell a story and communicate. My work is very personal as I draw on memories from my childhood, family, and my enviro...
W. Todd Kaneko is August's featured poet, and we are so pleased to bring you his gorgeous poem, "Elegy for Mr. Spock." Be sure to check it out if you haven't already. Here, he shares with us the view of the Puget Sound at dawn from the window of his late father's house on Vashon Island and just one thing about "Elegy for Mr. Spock":
"There are a few things that I associate with going to my father’s house when I was a kid. One is late night pro wrestling. Another is Olivia Newton John’s album If Y...