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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

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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.

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Theories of Forgetting by Lance Olsen

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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: www.gappsbasement.com

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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.

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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

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The Shimmering Go-Between by Lee Klein

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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

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Romance For Delinquents by Michael Hampton

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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

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Vow by Kristina Marie Darling

Review by James Eidson

Kristina Marie Darling’s newest, Vow, feels like a close revision of her previous, Petrarchan. Whereas the latter framed psyche as domestic space, Vow’s conceit is similar but more socially exigent. The manor of Petrarchan is now a solipsism shared by two egos – the home of newly-weds. Here, the vow of marriage becomes an ironic tension between how we connect to the world outside of our subjectivity, and how, in our loneliness, we, through marriage, inherently idealize human-connection.      Formally, Darling casts impressionistic anxieties as footnotes in tension with empty pages. The whitespaces seem to render

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Einstein On The Beach Again by Fred Skolnik

It was only in the early 1990s that I came to know the music of Philip Glass. I had heard his Violin Concerto on the radio and was immediately attracted to it, so at the first opportunity I went out and bought Music in 12 Parts after finding it noted with high praise in a CD guide that I had in the house. After a few minutes, however, I realized that what I was hearing, which had the effect on me of a broken record, was what I would be hearing for the next three hours and found myself thinking,

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What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie

Hanging Loose Press 2013 156 pages ISBN: 978-1934909-32-4

Review by John Yohe

As a break-out short story writer, then a break-out screenplay writer, then a novelist, and most recently a National Book Award-winning author of the YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, it’s easy to forget that Sherman Alexie started out as, and remains, a poet, and a good one. Some of his poems have been chosen for the yearly anthology Best American Poetry, and I would argue that his success in other genres is because he is a poet, and brings to them his unique

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Reflections on a Friend’s Suicide by Susan Lerner

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A Review of “Falling Into the Fire,” by Christine Montross

Fifteen years ago, as a newcomer to Indianapolis, I packed my tots into the minivan and drove to a playgroup, desperate to meet other moms. Among the mothers was a stay-at-home dad. Toddlers wobbled across the floor, babies gummed Cheerios, and the dad and I chatted. We lived in the same neighborhood. Over the course of the next few months we began to bump into each other outside the confines of the playgroup—at the neighborhood playground, at Little Gym birthday parties. The dad, his wife, and son, came to kiddie

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