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Half Revealing, and Half Concealing the Soul: Barrett Warner Interviews Cassie Pruyn

Cassie Pruyn’s first book of poems Lena was published in May by Texas Tech University Press. It was followed six months later by Bayou St. John: A Brief History, a prose collection of place. Poet Rachel Mennies talks about Cassie Pruyn’s writing this way: “Lena asks readers to understand love—crucially, a first love, an erotic love—in the context not of a love lost but instead of an identity gained: we must consider not only was she worth it, but also, who has she made me? This statement was shocking to me. Although I’ve known of Cassie for some five years now, I never knew that she had ever been in love....

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5 Poems by Michael Glaviano

Michael Glaviano lives in Iowa City. Other poems of his have appeared in PANK, Whiskey Island, Verse Daily and other journals. From the Everyday Genius Vault. First published in February 2011. Everyday Genius was edited by Adam Robinson that month. THE NEW DEAL The brazenest stowaways just bared their breasts tied themselves to prows and stayed still for months.You can’t name your dog Spirit of Everything. But you can take Dirt Cityin the palm of your hand and shout a prayer more mandate than prayer. What’s the differencebetween a long stretch of desert highway and a baby? The sun doesn’t set over a baby....

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Octopus Finder Stuff: An Interview with Paige Taggart

A conversation with poet and jeweler to poets Paige Taggart of Mactaggart Jewelry Green mossy and marbled agate. Hot pink and smoky quartz. Carnelian, topaz, hematite, abalone, lapis lazuli, chalcedony, and black onyx. Wearable incantations. Beads made from fossilized sea sponge. Body Armor. Semi-precious stones substantial enough to swing over your head for a different type of protection. Vintage rings sans rocks, their naked settings filed into “window” frames, transforming the wearer’s finger skin itself into the thing to be flashed and admired, even better if an old tattoo peaks through. Stones that evoke planets, arranged like planets. Hitchcock’s...

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Clam Simmons Interviewed by Joshy Simmons (Grandson)

Why are is your podcast rated explicit when you don’t say fuck or nothing? Health and safety. These spinetinglers are the scariest stories in the history of the world.   I don’t really like your stories but I really like the commercials. Especially the one in episode 7 when you hype my band the Toilet Cobras. Thank you Joshy. That means a great deal coming from my grandson.   Sure pops. So, what’s the deal with your yelp stuff? I wasted so much time in my early years at the bad Wendy’s, the bad Olive Garden-it feels good to...

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McMuffins and Steak Frites: An “Escape Plans” Menu by Teri Vlassopoulos

When one writes fiction, at any given moment there are people, usually family or friends, who believe that much of what you’ve written is true. They pick out the threads of real life and whatever they can’t recall happening or being verbalized suddenly become portals into a presumed secret world: did you really do that? Is that how you really feel? My most recent book, a novel called Escape Plans, charts the final days of Niko Kiriakos’ life before he dies in a sailing accident on the Greek island of Spetses. Years later, his surviving wife, Anna, and daughter,...

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Teaching in Jail by Mairead Case

I’ve taught—I teach—poetry in jail (and public libraries and schools, but let’s keep this simple) for over ten years, primarily in Illinois and Indiana, a little bit in Washington, and now in Colorado with Hoist Point. Every place and class is different. Most of the time I am the teacher, solo or in a pair, but I have also been the drive-and-wait-outside-er, the grantwriter, the book supplier, or the self-care hookup. These roles are all equally necessary for sustainability. I don’t publish much about this work in my journalism or on social media, in large part out of respect...

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We Didn’t by Rachel Yoder

From the Everyday Genius Vault. First published in October 2011. Everyday Genius was edited by Mary Miller that month. Rachel Yoder lives in Iowa City. For more info visit In February, love month, cold month of snow-cased love, we didn’t. Not in the bed, nor on the couch. We didn’t standing up, in the stand-up shower, or sitting down, in the sit-down tub. We didn’t late at night, as the TV played on the mirrored wall. Didn’t in the morning, when no-colored light sat on the windowsill. We didn’t even as our bodies, invisible and warm, rested beneath the feather...

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It’s Just Nice and I Want It by Timothy Willis Sanders

From the Everyday Genius Vault. First published in June 2012 in an issue edited by Justin Sirois. Short story, 250 words.   Timothy Willis Sanders is the author of the novel Matt Meets Vik and the collection Orange Juice and Other Stories. He lives in Austin, TX. She says, “I love hiking. Used to go with my dad,” and skips songs. “Once we were walking. This man behind a bush.” She makes her hand an O. She shakes her hand and says, “Right here.” She presses her calf. “They said they hadn’t seen him before.” “I want – I don’t know how you...

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Winter on the Choppings by Jeff Snowbarger

From the Everyday Genius Vault. First published in June 2012. Selected by Adam Robinson. Short story, 5500 words. Jeff Snowbarger lives in Wisconsin. His work has been published in Tin House, Hobart, and many other journals. SNAP JAW SMALL HAD A TAVERN ACT, a foolproof way to win free shots of squirrel whiskey. Think of anything alive—frogs, snakes, snow-white weasels—if it fit in Snap Jaw’s mouth, he’d chewed the head off one. He saved earnings that way. He mailed his wife bolts of linen and sacks of salt. He sent her letters about how cold it was among the choppings. How soon the...

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Cleveland State University Poetry Center Book Prizes

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center invites submissions for their 2016 Book Competitions Full-length manuscripts will be accepted from January 1 – March 31, 2016 FIRST BOOK POETRY COMPETITION JUDGE: DANIEL BORZUTZKY OPEN BOOK POETRY COMPETITION JUDGES: EMILY KENDAL FREY, SIWAR MASANNAT, & JON WOODWARD ESSAY COLLECTION COMPETITION JUDGE: CHRIS KRAUS Each winner will receive a $1,000 prize, publication, and a standard royalty contract. For submission guidelines (there is a $28 fee for each prize) and to send us your work go...

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Tamales and Tropical Fruit: A Juventud Menu by Vanessa Blakeslee

Vanessa Blakeslee’s debut novel, Juventud, is forthcoming from Curbside Splendor Publishing in October, 2015. Her collection, Train Shots, won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. The book was also long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been optioned for feature film by writer/director Hannah Beth King. For more, visit At some point during the writing process, the novelist is faced with a sub-facet of craft left largely untouched in workshop discussions, but one that is enormously integral—food, and the role it plays in the fiction taking shape. In Juventud, I was...

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A Hollywood Notebook Menu from Wendy C. Ortiz

  At Table of Contents, the author of a new release provides a food/drink menu that’s themed to their book. This week, Wendy C. Ortiz, author of Excavation, offers a prose poem of a day’s comestibles to complement her new prose poem memoir, Hollywood Notebook, just out from Writ Large Press. Breakfast Tap a box of couscous so that ½ a cup pours into the saucepan. Cover with water. Turn on the heat. Break an egg over a heated pan. Watch it fry. Pay attention, no getting lost in the yolk. Fluff the finished couscous in a handmade bowl. Slide the fried egg over top. Shake tamari droplets all over so it’s like sweat. Serve in front of a window next to a full French press of coffee, your mug topped off. Break the bright yolk you almost got lost in with a spoon, let it ooze thick over the semolina. (more coffee) Lunch Combine leftover saag paneer, aloo gobi, basmati rice, and samosa in a pan. Stir, mash, over medium heat. Serve in front of a window. (more coffee) Dinner Musso and Frank Grill: Dark red wine Porterhouse steak Potatoes Lyonnaise Brioche Bread Pudding *No split plates*  (Psilocybin mushrooms) (Jack on the rocks) (Pale ale) Late night snack Uncountable glasses of pinot grigio. Orange wedges, peels attached. Sticky wet slices of nectarine. No...

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Three Otherwordly Writing Prompts from Kirsty Logan

This week’s prompt is from Kirsty Logan, a writer based in Scotland whose debut novel is The Gracekeepers (Penguin), a lyrical story of a world covered in water. Choose something you think you cannot live without: food, oxygen, light; or your child, the internet, your hands. Now write about a world where everyone has adapted to live without that thing. Choose a strong emotion you have felt recently: grief, heartbreak, joy, confusion, despair, shame, love. Now write five ways that emotion could manifest itself in the real world (perhaps a heart that could be rented and returned for each new lover;...

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Egg Casserole and Simulated Water: A Big Venerable Menu by Matt Rowan

 At Table of Contents, the author of a new release provides a food/drink menu that’s themed to their book. Today, Matt Rowan renders a startling bill of fare for his brand new book of stories, Big Venerable, out from CCLap Publishing. I’ve had a sort of obsession with Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s corporation, for a huge part of my life. Maybe this has been going on since I was old enough to be obsessed with McDonald’s as a restaurant chain, and certainly ever since my dad first told me Kroc’s idea of a good sandwich for Catholics abstaining from meat consumption...

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Steven Karl on Miami

Many imagine Miami to be an endless Spring Break inhabited by PED bodies lounging about on sandy beaches under a lazy sun. The ambiance consisting of nothing but palm trees (tho’ technically not a tree), club music, luxury hotels, and shiny condos with shiny people entering and exiting. Or, maybe you imagine all the drugs, cocaine in particular, right? A little over three years ago, as I prepared to relocate from Manhattan to Miami, many of my friends jokingly mentioned the TV show Miami Vice, the entertainer Will Smith, and the awful market collapse. While for some (residents and tourists...

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