Playing

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I wasn’t getting anything done. And I was working all the time. At least I felt like I was working. Everything I was doing felt like something that someone else was telling me to do. But no one was telling me to do anything. And that meant the voice that was telling me what to… [more]

The World Is Cancelled

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Shaina Yang is a multidisciplinary visual artist with roots in California and Taiwan, now based in Brooklyn NY. They are interested in the stream of consciousness, family superstitions, and the collective mind.

Queer Party

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Shaina Yang is a multidisciplinary visual artist with roots in California and Taiwan, now based in Brooklyn NY. They are interested in the stream of consciousness, family superstitions, and the collective mind.

Two Poems

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Back and On Down Okay so I’d buried her body in a shallow graveand told mom we couldn’t go back to the cabinbecause I’d never fed the dog & let it die but it wasthe woman. And had struck her. With shovel maybe.A tussle. Thinking you know when you molest a child you really molest… [more]

Textures of Light and Shadow

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Barbara Paulus is an artist, writer and photographer living in New York. She studies film, publishes zines and binds her own books using thread and beeswax. To this end, she is learning to keep bees.

from Feed

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from Feed Dear reader, Candle light is not too poetic to mention in a poem if we say the light slicks across our faces like mud butt. The candle light slicked across our faces like mud butt. If I’d have known that was the last time I’d see his face lit at night I might have… [more]

Women & Other Hostages

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Everyone seemed stuck or silenced that summer,                nobody’s T-shirt with the right slogan, the news shifting                       so fast, you couldn’t keep up with the latest outrage, & one person’s outrage was another’s fact, & did you know   … [more]

Three Portraits

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Born in Minsk, Belarus, Tanya Levina moved to New York City in 1995. She studied painting at studio the Arts Students League, Slade School of Fine Arts in London and The New York Academy of Art. She is a recipient of a COJECO Blueprint Fellowship award and has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues… [more]

GINGER MOON BULB

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Stella Santamaría is a Latina Poet that lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stella is the author of In Between Spaces-Miami, and she has poems in Cathexis Northwest Press, Pennsylvania English, The Bohemian, and forthcoming in Juked. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California.

The Apartment Story

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I woke up to a loud rapping at the door. It was my landlord again, looking for the rent. It was the middle of the month and he’d been at this for days. Every few hours he’d bang away, screaming his head off. I’d let him get it out of his system and then he’d… [more]

AN INTERVIEW WITH R.O. KWON

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R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, a stunning novel that explores the fresh pain of loss and the lure of the absolute. Psychologically deep and haunting, the story is set on the campus of a Northeastern college and told from the perspective of three characters: Will Kendall, a scholarship student coming to terms… [more]

EXCERPT: Hurricane Diane

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Hurricane Diane will be performed at the New York Theater Workshop from February 6-March 10, 2019. Tickets are available for purchase here. __________ Lights. With a great wind, the god appears. DIANE I have returned, and it begins. DIANE is a butch charm factory, with that combination of swagger and stillness particular to masculine women…. [more]

AN INTERVIEW WITH MADELEINE GEORGE

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Madeleine George is an award-winning playwright and author. Her plays include Hurricane Diane, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Precious Little, and The Zero Hour, and have been produced across the country. She was a founding member of 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), the Obie-winning playwright’s collective, and is a resident playwright… [more]

“AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE THERE WAS SOMETHING VERY VERY WRONG?”: A Review of Andrea Abi-Karam’s EXTRATRANSMISSION

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Andrea Abi-Karam’s debut poetry collection, EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019), takes on military exploitation of human and animal bodies, the scourge of bro culture, and the Uber-fication of urban space. Their forceful, often capslocked lines pursue a “poetry of directness” in opposition to the pervasive, unrippling “language of avoidance” that smooths over everyday potentials for… [more]

Nervous Break

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Nervous Break National Guard units have mobilizedOn a syndicated game show. Today Contestants shoot up a dental labWith machine guns. I can feel it burn. Through the power of suggestion aloneWe see the quantity of fried chicken grow. I got here and there were 700 people in line.Massive liquidity courtesy of central banks Ceaselessly and… [more]

People Who Look Like People I Know

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I am twenty-four years old and I have lived for less than fourteen days. I have never seen the woman I am about to meet but she knows me intimately. What am I? Apparently he enjoyed these kinds of riddles, which is to say I enjoy them, or I should; and, thankfully, I do. Doctor… [more]

Ten Theories

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Ten Theories 1 The street ends in a dead end, a space removed. Air currents flow around it. Fading gravity. You, inside, at least in theory. It takes a lot of bulbs to light the world. 2 I arrived before too early. I remember your birthmark. Now it’s no longer too late. Symptoms reemerge. They… [more]

Tied Up With String


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Another thing Sheridan has never gotten used to about Ross is his expressionless sex face. He’s almost soundless, too, but that’s par for the course: guys rarely make much noise except when a few beers have featured (uh-UH-I’m gonna co-o-ome!). The exception was the one who’d moaned and bucked like a porn actress when she’d… [more]

September Mourning


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SEPTEMBER MOURNING A Ten-minute, One-Act Ceremony in 3 scenes for 4 actors in a performance space: 1. “Arrival” 2. “Boy Meets Girl” 3. “A Day of Promise” First presented as “A Day of Promise in New York” at Players Theater, NYC, June 21-24, 2018. Produced with the same cast at Equity-Library Theatre, in New York,… [more]

Two Poems

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my God says it’s not in my job description to stay clean. hygiene is monetized farce. a trick to keep soap & rehab & the church & conscience & your silence in business. i scrub my own tongue hard to a shiny silence. a bad childhood stuttering cannot be blamed. mother says the pen is… [more]

The Sinkhole

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ONE The sinkhole appeared without warning one night, opening up at the end of our driveway as if to swallow us whole. Anderson and I bought the house—a run-down Victorian in upstate New York—in the hopes of restoring it ourselves, but the plain truth was that it was in even worse condition than before, and… [more]

STILL

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STILL I wore an armor                                                  made of lingerie I thought I wanted                                                        to be read sonnets but really                                               I wanted to read I wanted myself   … [more]

The Man With Blue Eyes

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The Man With Blue Eyes i. legs like birch trunks stripped white by winter ginseng root toes mangled from wear chest scarred the color of wheat fields but he smears like wet ink when we touch ii. we celebrate the harvest moon forgetting to mourn the death of summer launched paper boats bleed colors soak… [more]

Works on Water: An Impression of ‘Voices from the Roanoke River’


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In the recent year, the Trump administration has flouted many environmental protection laws within its borders. In the international scene, the administration took the U.S. out from the Paris Agreement when even war-torn Syria, the only hold-out, signed it. The administration is obviously tone-deaf to what is happening to the environment. It is bad enough… [more]

An Interview With Edwidge Danticat

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As a writer, Edwidge Danticat is revered for her elegant prose and her moving depictions of Haiti and the Haitian diasporic experience. She has written more than a dozen books, including her debut novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, which was an Oprah Book Club selection, and the memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book… [more]

An Interview with Yiyun Li

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Yiyun Li is the author of two story collections, two novels, and, most recently, a book of essays called Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. When I read her novel Kinder than Solitude, I was just beginning to take writing seriously, and the psychic familiarity of her characters spooked me – they were instantly… [more]

Little Fishes

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“Put you in the piss tank and flush you too!” Mandy. Five years old, half awake. She stands in the kitchen in her cloud-print PJs, curly brown hair bunched up on one side. Gramma Jean at the table lights a Kool. “What did she say?” “Piss tank,” says Pete by window. He’s twelve, dark-haired like… [more]

An Interview with Lisa Ko, Author of ‘The Leavers’

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  Lisa Ko is the author of the much-acclaimed The Leavers, which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. The novel follows the story of an undocumented immigrant woman and her child in the U.S. – a story that feels both timeless and… [more]

Celebrity

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E. Y. Smith’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Thoughtful Dog and is forthcoming in The East Bay Review.

Ursus: a tavern play in verse

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Jason Brown is a playwright and writer from Ireland. Since graduating from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama in Dublin with a Degree in Drama (Performance) a decade ago, he has been writing for the stage and publishing much of his poetry and short fiction here.

Lovely Madness

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Ariella Carmell is a third-year student and writer at the University of Chicago. She has had prose and poetry published in Maudlin House, Spry, Words Dance, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Souvenir, Cleaver Magazine, Burningword, Alexandria Quarterly, and other places. In the past, she has also been named a 2014 Foyle Commended Poet of the Year… [more]

The Spiral Path

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The Spiral Path When it is three-dimensional or four how can you follow one, you ask. Think of a mountain road, up an ideal mountain too steep to climb directly. So you find the road that’s been paved before. It circles, rises, narrows to the summit a perfect apex with a perfect point that you… [more]

An Interview with Phil Klay

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Phil Klay is the author of the short story collection Redeployment, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. He’s a graduate of the MFA program at CUNY Hunter, and a Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to Iraq. I met Phil a year after I left the military and returned to New York City. Phil is… [more]

Legendary Wolves; In Memory Of Peter Stumpp’s Daughter (Redux)

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Emma Johnson-Rivard is a Masters student at Hamline University. She received her undergraduate degree in Film Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and currently lives in Minnesota with her dogs and far too many books. Her work has appeared in Mistake House, Moon City Review, and the Santa Ana River Review.

Beeswax

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Beeswax   This is the first time that I have cried in a long time, and I realize more than I ever have before what a good person Tom is. I am glad that he told me off. I did treat him like I was being his counsellor, and I am so damn worried about… [more]

Relic

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Alfonse Pagano is an artist based in New Jersey.

Oh, wondrous day!

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Rachel Joseph’s short stories and plays are published in journals ranging from North American Review to Kenyon Review Online. Her novella “The Man in the Trees” was a shortlisted finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom competition. Additionally, she was a finalist for the 2017 Arts & Letters Drama Prize, a semi-finalist for the 2017 Elixir… [more]

‘The Third Eye Counts’ & ‘Fly Trap’

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The Third Eye Counts    not at all. It rolls, unfocused and lashed shut, worm-white, unbidden by you in some place like the black void of a frying pan. It hides though it may not want to. After all, who bothers with an eye not yet accustomed even to soft lights and the harsh knowledge… [more]

Machtig Prachtig / Mightily Marvelous

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Born in the Netherlands, Tamara Stoffers is an artist who has long been fascinated with Russia and the Soviet Union. As the artist puts it: “[The USSR’s] typical visual language in architecture and art feels nostalgic to some and is still relevant to others. I compose my images from old books concerning the USSR, cutting… [more]

ROSA STRUGGLES: ADAPTS AND CONQUERS

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Envision the type of pathos that describes the true meaning of the Rose. It seems surely as if the Rose has come to mean more to us in a neurobiological or perhaps neuropsychological system of being, than a mere flower, a biologic entity evolved primarily for the propagation of a plant, a very complex method… [more]

Transformation Perfection

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Mark Burrow is a writer from the UK. His work has appeared in various publications in England, Ireland, the US, and in the French Riviera-based Côte Poets magazines.

Screen

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    Shinto Imai was born in San Francisco, California on October 30, 1981. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. He lived and worked in New York City from 2008 to 2016. He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can find more of his work here and on Instagram.

Cristina

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There was something about Cristina that I liked right away. I was embarrassed to admit how quickly I calculated her looks and their probability of arousing my husband, but maybe such estimations were inevitable and instinctive. Sizing up Cristina was easy. She was chubby, with a pretty face, and wore nondescript outfits such as jeans… [more]

L.A. Play

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Singer Joy is a playwright and composer who splits her time between New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Singer has produced her own written work for the stage independently and the Sacred Circle Theater Company. Singer has also written music for stage productions. L.A. Play is a movement-and-poetry piece inspired by Los Angeles flora.  

Treatise on Morality

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Sharon Willdin is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. You can find more of her work here.

Recommended Holiday Reading


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Christmas is all about the traditional: gingerbread, brandied eggnog, tinsel, and curling up in front of toasty fires with good stories. Or, if you’re a poor motherless MFA student like us at The Brooklyn Review: a fifth of whiskey, a shoplifted fir-scented candle, and your roommate’s three-month-old copy of The New Yorker. Whatever. Maybe you’re tired… [more]

Departure of the Ark & Land of the Free

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Fabrice Poussin, "First Error," photograph, 2017

DEPARTURE OF THE ARK     At midnight it was still chewing quietly on its anchor chain while the puddles meandering along the waterfront engulfed the chunks of watermelon we had thrown overboard after our farewell picnic.      At two a.m., sound of the waterfront tugs suddenly flapping and churning. In no time we… [more]

Motions for Red Coffee

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Magdalena Dukiewicz, Bastard 1, Hydrolyzed collagen sculpture, 20"20"50", 2017

  Listen, my best wishes for you are built from the inside out, like a sentence after the eye falls upon a reasonable stone and opens a window I remembered to save the glass, to feel December’s bearable embrace. At the cemetery edge, the shade of a neighboring house passes the afternoon in a hooky… [more]

From One Crotchety Spectrum Septuagenarian Too Chicken To Do Real Speed

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While First Lady Nancy Reagan was exhorting us turkeys to Just Say No, daughter Patti wrote, “my mother was a pill-popping Quaalude shrew.” As a gaggle of rugged individualists, some fellow travelers pick stimulants. Starbucks, CVS and shrinks offer caffeine, diet capsules, and Ritalin variants. Then IMHO, there’s Lockean ecstasy vs. Hobbes’ hell — MDMA… [more]

Interview with Monet Hurst-Mendoza + Excerpt

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Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an accomplished NYC-based playwright from LA. Rising Circle Theater Collective, Looking Glass Theatre (NYC), Amios, Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and many others have developed her plays. She is a current member of the 2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and is a 2016-2018… [more]