Nonfiction Online Feature
John Jeremiah Sullivan
In the last issue and first part of this essay, readers were introduced to the seminal African American arts critic Columbus Bragg, who contributed a short-lived column to the Chicago Defender in and around 1914. Bragg’s w...
Poetry
Jennifer Habel
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Poetry
Kaveh Akbar
I meant to invite you to my confession and maybe I did it might have gotten lost in the mail or in the back of my mouth who can keep track of such loss I was so focused on what I wo...
Poetry
Jennifer Habel
Nonfiction
Merritt Moseley
On October 25, 2016, Paul Beatty was announced as the most recent winner of the Man Booker Prize. This outcome surprised many observers because Beatty’s novel The Sellout is not con...
Fiction
Erin McGraw
Frank Sinatra’s career had two distinct acts, with 1952 marking the low point between them. After the war, his massive bobby-soxer audience largely dissolved, his movie career found...
Fiction
Mónica Lavín
To many North Americans, Mexico is a land fraught with cartels and criminals poised to stream across the southern border. This is a fiction that raises a wall of ignorance. The foll...
Fiction
Mónica Lavín
To many North Americans, Mexico is a land fraught with cartels and criminals poised to stream across the southern border. This is a fiction that raises a wall of ignorance. The foll...
Craft Lecture
Alice McDermott
Here’s the simplest advice I can offer to a writer in the midst of composing a novel: for God’s sake, read what you’ve already written. Read it often—daily, if need be. Read it all....
Poetry
Mary Ruefle
Dispirited While Packing My Books Away One Summer Morning, I Utilize Phrases From One That Was Destined For Fodder By the Ming there were well over A thousand theorists of poetry. S...
Poetry
John Randolph Carter
John Randolph Carter, Old Woman in Stuffed Chair, Animal on Table, ink on paper, 14” x 17”. John Randolph Carter’s muse is a restless one. Like his contemporary Mark Strand, Carter ...
Nonfiction
Roger D. Hodge
  Adapted from “Texas Blood,” forthcoming from Knopf in October, 2017.   I was wandering through downtown El Paso, not far from the old neighborhood of Chihuah...
Fiction
Tom Franklin
A bull, dead in a field, this field, just before dusk, the giant creature mangled, broken. Its backbone was snapped mid-way down and its neck snapped, too, red jags of bone sticking...
Fiction
Mónica Lavín
To many North Americans, Mexico is a land fraught with cartels and criminals poised to stream across the southern border. This is a fiction that raises a wall of ignorance. The foll...
Nonfiction Online Feature
John Jeremiah Sullivan
In the last issue and first part of this essay, readers were introduced to the seminal African American arts critic Columbus Bragg, who contributed a short-lived column to the Chica...
Fiction
Jen Logan Meyer
During the winter holidays, the wealthier expats rented casas brancas in Búzios. Janie had been there the year previous, with another American girl named Ginny and her family. She a...
Poetry
Jennifer Habel
Is her ring finger really her weakest? Who put Barbie in the bathroom drawer? Is it true she remembers every one of her mother’s insults? If so, are they relatively few? To whom is ...
Poetry
Jennifer Habel
If a child needs a band-aid and his mother doesn’t have one Jane has one. It is deep in the zippered compartment of her purse, its wrapper worn as an old dollar. Matches, bottle ope...
Poetry
Jennifer Habel
a cento Father came to-day Father went home to-day Father’s tremendously tall Father’s always so just Father really lets me do anything I like Father gave me a splendid parasol wi...
Nonfiction
John Psaropoulos
In 2010, when Nurzai was eight years old, a shoot-out at the Afghan-Iranian border separated him from his family. It was late at night, and Nurzai, his parents, his older brother, a...
Nonfiction
Hannah Pittard
Last July, at a reading I was giving in Washington, D.C., a woman raised her hand and asked: “You write so well about trauma, but has anything really terrible ever happened in your ...
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