Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga

Sebastian Sarti is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives in New York.

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Equinox Mirror by Tantra Bensko

Lisa Holden is an artist, writer and translator based in Amsterdam. Her artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, New York, Miami and Oslo and is represented in various private and public collections. For several years, she was the in-house book reviewer of Eyemazing, an independently-owned fine art photography magazine.

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Bipolar Cowboy by Noah Cicero

Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, and book reviewer living in Austin, TX. His reviews have appeared in places like Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Verbicide, Entropy, Marginalia, Atticus Review, That Lit Site, Heavy Feather Review, and other print and online venues. You can read/reach him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias

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The Myth of Brilliant Summers by Austin Collings


Bobby Gant is a published writer and poet, having had poetry, short stories and reviews published in a variety of online and print journals and magazines. Bobby also does freelance journalism and blog work, though he maintains that he has never hacked anyone’s mobile phone. He is a proud Yorkshireman, living just outside of Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

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The Roadkill Collection by Jon Sindell

Review by Amy Willoughby-Burle

We’re told not to judge a book by the cover, but let’s face it—we all do. It’s like that first glance across a crowded room, you do a double take, you make your move—then, well, you know how it goes from there. One look at The Roadkill Collection by Jon Sindell and you settle on a pick-up line. And when you get it home, you won’t be disappointed. It is what you hoped it would be; a funny, irreverent, unexpected, and unusual in all the right ways, take on life and the world we all live

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Divining the Prime Meridian by Carol Smallwood


Christine Redman-Waldeyer is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at Passaic County Community College, N.J. and earned her D.Litt from Drew University in writing. She is currently finishing her Ed. D. in higher education at Rowan University. She has published three poetry collections, Frame by Frame, Gravel, and Eve Asks (all with Muse-Pie Press), co-edited Writing after Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and has appeared in Paterson Literary Journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, Verse Wisconsin, and others. She founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women’s topics. She is a freelance writer for EP Magazine recently covering New Jersey Special Olympics and Tim Shriver’s newly released book, Fully Alive and has served as a program consultant.

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This Wasted Land and Its Chymical Illuminations by Marc Vincenz


Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections of poems: TRYING TO HELP THE ELEPHANT MAN DANCE (The Backwaters Press, 2007) and JUST BEAUTIFUL (New York Quarterly Books, 2010.) He has poems published and forthcoming in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review, Plume Poetry Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, Mudlark, december magazine, Ploughshares, and Stand Magazine in England. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

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The Palace of Illusions by Kim Addonizio

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The Palace of Illusions by Kim Addonizio Soft Skull Press 2014 ISBN: 978-1-59376-542-2

Review by John Yohe

Kim Addonizio’s writing goes for the guts—punches of raw common american language, about raw common human relationships, that are also, at times, funny and sexy, with touches of all her street-level poet heroes, like Charles Bukowski, Frank O’Hara, Anne Waldman and (early Satan Says-era) Sharon Olds. I have up to this point mostly thought of Addonizio as a poet, though she has written some novels, and her first collection of short stories, in the box called pleasure, is as unapologetically in-your-face as, say,

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The Reverse Tree by Kiriti Sengupta

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Mrs. Usha Kishore is a British poet (born in India), writer and translator, resident on the Isle of Man, where she teaches English at Queen Elizabeth II High School. Usha’s poetry and translations have been internationally published. Her poetry has won prizes in UK Poetry competitions, has been part of international projects and features in the British Primary and Indian Middle School syllabus. The winner of an Arts Council Award and a Manx Heritage Foundation Award, Usha’s debut collection On Manannan’s Isle has been published in January 2014 in the UK. A book of translations from the Sanskrit, Translations of the Divine Woman and a second collection of poetry are forthcoming from India.

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Loitering: new and collected essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

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Loitering: new and collected essays by Charles D’Ambrosio Tin House Books, Nov. 2014 360 pages

Review by Nathan Knapp

One gets the feeling that the essays contained in Loitering, Charles D’Ambrosio’s new book of essays, were conceived and composed in the dark. It’s certainly not a notion D’Ambrosio himself does much to dispel. In the book’s preface he writes: “I thank God for certain kinds of failure. New silences layer over the old. I hope this brief superficial essay hasn’t simply circled around a peculiar woundedness.” The essay may be brief, but it’s nowhere near superficial, and it’s that peculiar

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