The Girlfriend Game, stories by Nick Antosca

Word Riot Inc.: Kicking Small Press Into High Gear

Earth and Below by Susana H. Case


Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her recent books are American Galactic (Martian Lit Books, 2014), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) with artist Sally Deskins. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska and has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, and the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, and Feminist Studies.

» Continue reading Earth and Below by Susana H. Case…


The Suicide by Mark SaFranko

head shot

Christopher Brownsword is the author of two collections of poetry, ‘Icarus was Right!’ (Shearsman Books 2010) & ‘Rise Like Leviathan and Rejoice!’ (Oneiros Books 2014), a novella, ‘Blind-Worm Cycle’ (Oneiros Books 2013), and a novel, ‘The Scorched Highway’ (Oneiros Books 2013). His latest novel ‘Liberty’s Old Story’ is forthcoming in an omnibus edition along with a recent novella titled ‘A Transition to Nothingness’ from Oneiros Books.

» Continue reading The Suicide by Mark SaFranko…


How to Catch a Coyote by Christy Crutchfield

mel photo 1

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

» Continue reading How to Catch a Coyote by Christy Crutchfield…


Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files by Trevor D. Richardson


Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files by Trevor D. Richardson Montag Press Collective, c2014. 558 pages. $19.95.

Review by David Renton

I first read Dystopia Boy as a serialized story at The Subtopian Magazine, founded by the author, Trevor D. Richardson. I was a fan. It was presented as a grungy looking PDF that had the look of a transcript printed off of one of those old IBM computers with the lines and the perforated holes on the side. I’m sure you remember those, unless I’m way older than I think. It caught my attention, made me smile, and, more importantly,

» Continue reading Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files by Trevor D. Richardson…


An Untamed State by Roxane Gay


Louise Krug is the author of Louise: Amended (2012), a memoir about the brain surgeries she had when she was 22. She teaches creative writing and composition at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Some of her recent work has appeared in Parcel and Huffington Post. She has a collection of essays forthcoming from 99:The Press in 2015.

» Continue reading An Untamed State by Roxane Gay…


Theories of Forgetting by Lance Olsen

Pulley Bio Pic

Natanya Ann Pulley has a PhD in Fiction Writing from the University of Utah and is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota. A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review Native Issue, Drunken Boat, As/Us, and McSweeney’s Open Letters (among others). Links to Natanya’s publications can be found at her website:

» Continue reading Theories of Forgetting by Lance Olsen…


Do You Have a Vacancy?: Morrissey and Getting What One Wants by Art Edwards

Art Edwards’s third novel, Badge (2014), was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s literary contest. His writing has or will appear in The Writer and Salon, among many others.

» Continue reading Do You Have a Vacancy?: Morrissey and Getting What One Wants by Art Edwards…


Kicking the Sky by Anthony De Sa

Review by Virginia Baker

The world is shaped by movement. This migration is part of us, and so is the uncertainty. When we move from one place to the next, all we can expect on is uncertainty. This historical struggle of uncertainty is the bedrock of Kicking the Sky. Canadian author Anthony De Sa has been writing this first novel in his head ever since he was a young boy. De Sa was born and raised in Little Portugal, Toronto, the same neighborhood where his novel takes place. The author’s intimate familiarity with the setting allows him to depict it

» Continue reading Kicking the Sky by Anthony De Sa…


The Shimmering Go-Between by Lee Klein


Review by Christopher Allen

Any review of Lee Klein’s intricately layered debut novel The Shimmering Go-Between (Atticus Books, 2014) will be an exercise in restraint. The publisher, you see, has requested that reviewers avoid spoilers. Well, apart from giggling for 700 words, I’m not sure how I’ll pull off a spoiler-free introduction of this surprising, and surprisingly believable, story—but here we go . . .

On one of its many levels The Shimmering Go-Between is a love story: love between a man and a woman, a man and himself, the outer man and the inner man, the big man and

» Continue reading The Shimmering Go-Between by Lee Klein…


Romance For Delinquents by Michael Hampton


Review by Vickie Weaver

Published by: Foxhead Books 2013

Hampton’s characters are the people we choose to not see. We don’t know them, but we want to read about them. Their depravities, their failures, their scrambled brains, their overdone body odor steeped in over-worn tank tops, their disregard for social boundaries, their ignorance of consequences. Romance for Delinquents, a short story collection, satisfies our curiosity about the down-and-out and does so, ironically, with tangibly poetic language that bares the hearts of everyone between its covers, including the reader’s.      The Hampton’s pen is the sparkler from a white trash 4th

» Continue reading Romance For Delinquents by Michael Hampton…