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Reviewed by Sam Slaughter Is it too late for this? That was the first question that came to mind upon opening Thomas Zigal’s fifth novel Many Rivers to Cross. Is a novel set among the wreckage of post-Katrina New Orleans published in 2013 still relevant almost decade after the tragedy? MRTC follows various members of […]
Jessi Lewis is a Virginian writer with roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an MFA from West Virginia University. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Ghost Town Literary Magazine, Stymie, Flyway and forthcoming in Rock & Sling. Her work “Walnuts” was nominated for a Pushcart. She is the former Founding Head Editor […]
Reviewed by Donna Meredith Take a wounded woman with a good heart and addiction problems. A troubled child who needs love. A dog in need of a home. And a man who has known since childhood the name of the woman he wants to marry. Throw them into the same story, mix thoroughly, and you […]
Ana Reyes is an MFA Candidate in creative writing and instructor of composition at Louisiana State University. Publications include fiction and poetry in Gulf Coast, Pear Noir, The New Delta Review and Foliate Oak. Her short stories have been finalists in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award and the Donald Barthelme Prize for short […]
Reviewed by Yasser El-Sayed In Battlegrounds of Memory, Clay Lewis traces a rich and conflicted trajectory of loss, pain and redemption over the course of generations. This slim book is a uniquely American story that is narrated with unflinching honesty and infused with such elemental raw emotion that its ultimate achievement lies far beyond a […]
Yasser El-Sayed has recently published fiction in Natural Bridge, The New Orphic Review, The Marlboro Review, Red Truck Review, and elsewhere. His short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2014 and in 2008. Yasser’s prose focuses upon the intersections of Arab and American experience both in the Middle East and the United […]