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September 2014 Issue | Word Riot
Issues | September 16, 2014

September 2014 Issue

FLASH FICTION Fly High by Sarah Domet Returns by Patricia Ann McNair The Count by Kate Ryan

SHORT STORIES Caterpillars by Jane Flett Two Weeks After My Thirty-Fifth Birthday by Claire Miye Stanford Rainy Night in the Hospital of Animals by Brenda Peynado Bauhaus by Naomi Telushkin

REVIEWS How to Catch a Coyote by Christy Crutchfield The Suicide by Mark SaFranko

POETRY STOMACH MUSCULATURE IN ISLA VERDE by Bindu Bansinath Elegy for the New by Andrew Collard The Reply by Sarah Fletcher THE NEW PROMISE by Joshua R. Helms Notes From a Diving Slate Kept by the Bath by Jennifer

Flash Fiction | September 15, 2014

The Count by Kate Ryan

My writing has been featured on Seven Ponds, Luna Luna Magazine, and Ravishly. You can find my personal blog at www.therevolutionelle.com. I currently live in Los Angeles.

Short Stories | September 15, 2014

Rainy Night in the Hospital of Animals by Brenda Peynado

Brenda Peynado has work appearing or forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Mid-American Review, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Cimarron Review, 3rd Place in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest, and others. She received her MFA from Florida State University and will attend the university of Cincinnati for her PhD in the fall. She is currently on a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic, writing a novel.

Reviews | September 15, 2014

How to Catch a Coyote by Christy Crutchfield

Review by Melissa Reddish

When I was in elementary school, I adopted a wolf. Unfortunately, this is not a children’s novel where together we race through woods and streams, our teeth bared and our heads thrown back to howl at the sky. I sent some money to a wolf sanctuary in California, and in return, they sent me a photograph of “my” wolf along with an information sheet. I had just graduated from an infatuation with rabbits to the peculiar draw of the predator: beauty and fear; compulsion and revulsion. I placed the photograph on my corkboard, a gray wolf

Poetry | September 15, 2014

Notes From a Diving Slate Kept by the Bath by Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer A. McGowan and obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she has persevered and has published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been Highly Commended in the prestigious Torbay Poetry Competition and the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition. Life in Captivity and Sounding, her pamphlets, are available through Finishing Line Press. Her website, with more poetry and examples of her mediaeval calligraphy, can be found at http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com and handwritten versions of her poems can be purchased at http://www.handwrittenpoems.co.uk.

Poetry | September 15, 2014

staple this to my dental records by Jess Rizkallah

Jess Rizkallah is a Lebanese-American twenty-something with internet connection and a subtle affinity for the moon and also burritos. She studies English and Illustration at Lesley University and edits Maps For Teeth magazine. Will probably get emotional about whales with you.

Poetry | September 15, 2014

STOMACH MUSCULATURE IN ISLA VERDE by Bindu Bansinath

Bindu Bansinath’s is a freshman at Columbia University. Her previous publications include PANK, the Smoke Long Quarterly, The Columbia Review, the Susquehanna Review, 2River View. She is forthcoming in CALYX.

Short Stories | September 15, 2014

Caterpillars by Jane Flett

Jane Flett is a philosopher, cellist, and seamstress of most fetching stories. Her poetry features in Salt’s Best British Poetry 2012 and her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio, awarded the SBT New Writer Award, and performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. These days, she calls Berlin home.

Short Stories | September 15, 2014

Two Weeks After My Thirty-Fifth Birthday by Claire Miye Stanford

Claire Miye Stanford’s fiction and essays have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bluestem, Paper Darts, The Monarch Review, Grist, The Millions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and currently lives in Minneapolis. She tweets occasionally at @clairemiye.

Poetry | September 15, 2014

Elegy for the New by Andrew Collard

Andrew Collard lives in Madison Heights, MI and attends Oakland University. Recent work is forthcoming from Posit, Ex Fic, and Words Dance.

Flash Fiction | September 15, 2014

Returns by Patricia Ann McNair

My short story collection, The Temple of Air, was published in 2011 and named the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year, Devil’s Kitchen Reading Prose Winner, and the Society of Midland Authors Finalist in Fiction. I am an associate professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Poetry | September 15, 2014

The Reply by Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher is a British-American poet based in London. She was a Foyle Young Poet in 2012 and a two-time recipient for The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize. She has been published in publications such as The London Magazine, Ink Sweat & Tears, and The Cadaverine and in anthologies by The Emma Press and Eyewear Publishing. She is looking forward to a pamphlet publication by Dead Ink in early 2015.

Poetry | September 15, 2014

THE NEW PROMISE by Joshua R. Helms

Joshua R. Helms completed his MFA at the University of Alabama in 2013. His work has appeared in Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Fairy Tale Review, Phoebe, New England Review, and Redivider, among others. His first book, Machines Like Us, won the inaugural Dzanc Poetry Collection Award (judged by C. Dale Young) and is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in fall of 2014.

Poetry | September 15, 2014

Two Poems by Kasey Erin Phifer-Byrne

Kasey Erin Phifer-Byrne is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, and an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her poetry appears in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Spillway, and other journals. She is currently the Poetry Editor at Devil’s Lake.

Short Stories | September 15, 2014

Bauhaus by Naomi Telushkin

Naomi Telushkin is pursuing an MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University and taught creative writing at the National University of Singapore. She is the recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award from Crab Orchard Review, and her fiction is published or forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, The Potomac and Bookends Review, among others.