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August 2015 Issue | Word Riot
Issues | August 16, 2015

August 2015 Issue

The August 2015 issue features work by Cathy Allman, Elvira Basevich, Lindsay Brader, Monica Busch, Linda Carela, M. Cooper, Gabriela Frank, Alan Good, Marc Grey, Leslie Kendall Dye, Safwan Khatib, George Korolog, Jacob Little, C.T. McGaha, Christen Noel, Deanna Paul, Cooper Renner, Chuck Strangward, and Satarah Wheeler.

Interviews | August 16, 2015

A Conversation with Robert Shapard and Cooper Renner

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World Edited by James Thomas, Robert Shapard and Christopher Merrill (Norton, 2015)

NB: While FFI’s publication by W.W. Norton, an independent but hardly small press, would normally put it beyond the purview of Word Riot, we’re making an exception because so many of the writers featured in the anthology began and still continue their careers in the pages of small press magazines and in collections from tiny literary presses.

COOPER RENNER: Hello, Robert. I’m really pleased that you have the time and willingness to talk about FFI with me. What I’d

Interviews | August 15, 2015

Women and the Curse of Fraudulence Syndrome by Christen Noel

Christen Noel writes and teaches in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she’s also an associate editor for Passages North and MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University. Most recently, her work can be found in The Rumpus, and Appalachian Heritage.

Reviews | August 15, 2015

Imago for the Fallen World by Matthew Cooperman and Marius Lehene

M. Cooper is an inland empire poet, PoetrIE member, CSUSB MFA Graduate, Veteran, and parent to two great sons: Markus & Jonathan.

Poetry | August 15, 2015

Two Poems by Satarah Wheeler

Satarah Wheeler is a MFA candidate at The University of Kansas. Her current poetic interests include building a giant city out of high-powered telescopes one poem at a time. Her work appears in Midwestern Gothic, Moon City Review, Cave Region Review, Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies and others. She was raised in Branson, MO.

Poetry | August 15, 2015

Two Poems by Deanna Paul

Deanna Paul is a New York City attorney by way of Miami Beach, Florida. Though a full time lawyer, she has spent the last two years taking writing courses at New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies and Gotham Writers and poetry workshops through UCLA Extension, Brooklyn Poets, and Poets House. This is her first poetry publication.

Poetry | August 15, 2015

Two Poems by C.T. McGaha

C.T. McGaha is a writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. His work has previously appeared in Potluck Mag, 90s Meg Ryan, and others. When he’s not writing, he’s reading apocryphal texts from the early Desert Fathers or driving around town listening to Modest Mouse.

Poetry | August 15, 2015

Two Poems by Safwan Khatib

Safwan Khatib is from Indianapolis, Indiana and currently lives in New York City where he is an undergraduate student at Columbia University. His poetry most recently appears in The Adroit Journal.

Poetry | August 15, 2015

Two Poems by Elvira Basevich

Elvira Basevich lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches philosophy at Queens College, CUNY, where, in between lectures on god and the human spirit, she sits in a grey, windowless room and makes idle conversation with Brodsky’s ghost and writes love letters to the Atlantic Ocean.

Poetry | August 15, 2015

Two Poems by Cathy Allman

Cathy Allman’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in California Quarterly (CQ), Caveat Lector, Crack the Spine, The Critical Pass Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Edison Literary Review, Elysian Fields, Front Range Review, Off the Coast, The Old Red Kimono, On Location, Pearl, Penmen Review, Peregrine, Pisgah Review, River Poets Journal, The Potomac Review, The Round, Sanskrit, Talking River, Terminus, and Town Creek Poetry.

Short Stories | August 15, 2015

In the Penile Colony by Alan Good

Alan Good’s writing has appeared in Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Legendary, Atticus Review, and Bookslut. He lives in Denver and can be stalked on Twitter: @TheAlanGood.

Short Stories | August 15, 2015

This Is New Jersey by Linda Carela

Linda Carela lives in The Bronx, NYC, and works at a humanitarian relief organization where she analyzes donor data and provides customer service. She is also trying to climb the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jelly Bucket, Limestone, and Crack the Spine. She attended The Writers Studio for four years and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz.

Flash Fiction | August 15, 2015

No One Here Knows a Damn Thing About Birds by Chuck Strangward

Chuck Strangward’s work has appeared in Brevity, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he co-founded Corridor Z, a lit review, and has worked as a journalist and editor, mailman, and fried green tomato slayer. He lives in the Peanut Capital of the World.

Flash Fiction | August 15, 2015

The Feast of Almost by Marc Grey

Marc Grey is an American writer and director of short films and commercial videos, and the founder of an unregistered production company called Kozak Films. His films have been featured online at Indie Wire, Film School Rejects, Director’s Notes, The Huffington Post, and Film Shortage. His writing has been published in The Daily Beast, Word Riot, The Forward, Creative Times, and The Jerusalem Post. He lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Flash Fiction | August 15, 2015

What We Return by Gabriela Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank’s writing appears in Works (of Fiction) in Progress Journal, Bird’s Thumb and ARCADE. Her multi-media installation, “Ugly Me”, debuted at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery in July 2015.