“The sources for my work are varied: from commercial postcards to found family photos. I am interested in how each image frames the place differently. How does our perception shift when we stop looking as participants and start viewing as visitors?” — artist Boryana Rusenova-Ina
Her mother could sense things weren’t well. She always could. “Are you truly happy there?” Four months into Jim’s appointment, she still asked that question.
“Of course.” Margaret would pull her hair across her shoulder and shift the receiver, hoping to lose the lie in the shuffling. She wasn’t about to let on.
The trees near the abandoned farmstead, eighty acres over, were a little more complicated than the sheer amount of bones they contained. Beneath the various apple, pine, birch, and underbrush is, quite literally, where we put the animal corpses to rot, to be eaten by wolves and coyotes and foxes and bears, to swell and rot into the forest floor, losing their flesh.
Our current issue features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from:
Mary Ann Samyn
and many more.
Stuart Dybek’s writing life spans decades and genres, from his debut poetry collection Brass Knuckles, to his most recent collections of short fiction, Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories and Paper Lantern: Love Stories. Dybek spoke with associate fiction editor David E. Yee about approaches to craft, voice, and literary inspiration.