Issue 37; January (2021)

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ISSUE 37, Jan 2021 (Year 8)


Poetry | ‘On Not Having Written King Lear’ & ‘Dinner in Xanadu’ by Michael Lavers | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Michael Lavers teaches poetry at Brigham Young University, Utah. He is the author of After Earth, published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, The Hudson Review, Best New Poets 2015, TriQuarterly, and the Georgia Review. He lives with his wife, writer and artist Claire Åkebrand, and their two children, in Provo, Utah. He won the £5,000 Bridport poetry prize with his poem ‘Low Tide’, in November, 2020.

Fiction | ‘Flat – Out Earth Moving’ by Mark Anthony Jarman | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Mark Anthony Jarman currently teaches at the University of New Brunswick. His novel, Salvage King Ya!, is on Amazon.ca’s list of 50 Essential Canadian Books. He has been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize and Best American Essays, won a Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award (twice), and the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Yaddo fellow, he has previously taught at the University of Victoria. 

Poetry | ‘Casual Leave’ by Kashaf Ali | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Kashaf Ali is a Fulbright Scholar, and a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She currently lives in Karachi, Pakistan, where she divides her time between managing education systems, teaching sociological thinking, and writing not-so-fictional fiction.

Poetry | ‘Covert Compartments of my Head’ by Vidhi Pandit | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Vidhi is a messy, but proud mom of two stunner labradors, Jelly and Don. She wakes up at 5 to go running on days that she’s not already up binge-watching thrillers. Apart from poetry and dogs; her husband, a small, plant-flooded balcony, and pizza also manage to take away a huge chunk of her daily concentration and succeed to make her feel complete and happy.

Fiction | ‘Fireflies’ by Kavitha Yaga Buggana | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Kavitha Yaga Buggana is an American writer living in Hyderabad, India with her husband. They have two children and a very excitable golden retriever. Her essays and short fiction have been published in The Hindu, River Teeth Journal, Tehelka, Out of Print Magazine, JaggeryLit, and Muse India Magazine. Her travel memoir, Walking in Clouds was released in December 2018 by HarperCollins, India. 

Poetry | untitled by Simon Perchik | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Simon Perchik, 96; is an attorney whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The Reflection in a Glass Eye published by Cholla Needles Arts & Literary Library, 2020. His poetry collection, Hands Collected was longlisted for the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry.

Fiction | ‘Manta Rays, a Massage Lady, and Love’ by James Roth | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

James Roth, who lived and taught in Japan and China for many years, has written several nonfiction pieces, but this will be his first published short story in more than twenty-five years. Until the Pandemic struck, he was an English Language Fellow in the U.S. State Department’s Language Program at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, where he lived until recently. Currently based out of Cape Town, he hopes to return to Zimbabwe to continue the fellowship.

Poetry | ‘For Frida Kahlo’ by Atreyee Majumder | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Atreyee Majumder is a poet, writer and anthropologist currently teaching at the O P Jindal Global University. She is researching the contemporary life of Krishna bhakti in Vrindavan and recently finished a PhD dissertation at the Department of Anthropology, Yale University. Her first book on the time and space related to late stage capitalism – Time, Space, and Capital in India – is published with Routledge (2018), while other work has appeared in Cafe Dissensus Everyday, Sunflower Collective, the RIC Journal, The Bangalore Review and The RIC Journal.

Poetry | ‘Still’ & ‘Words heard in Dreams’ by David Leo Sirois | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

David Leo Sirois is a Canadian-American poet who has had 93 publications so far in six countries. He lived & performed in Paris for seven years, where he hosted a weekly multi-art open mic called Open Secret. He now hosts the global open mic, Spoken World Online, from Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. He won Third Prize in Winning Writers’ Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, & his poetry has appeared in journals such as The Poetry Village, The Sunday Tribune Online, Ariel’s Dream, The Opiate, 21 Magazine, Time of the Poet Republic, The Gronthee, THE BASTILLE, Paris Lit Up, and Terre à Cièl.


Fiction | ‘The Straight’ by Sohrab Homi Fracis | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Sohrab’s first book, Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America, was the first by an Asian American to win the Iowa Short Fiction Award. His novel, Go Home, was shortlisted by Stanford University Libraries for the William Saroyan International Prize. An excerpt, ‘Distant Vision,’ in Slice was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He taught literature and creative writing at University of North Florida and was Visiting Writer in Residence at Augsburg College. He was an artist in residence at Yaddo and a Florida Individual Artist Fellow in Literature/Fiction. The South Asian Literary Association (that’s right, SALA) bestowed on him its Distinguished Achievement Award.

Fiction | ‘Palace on Fire’ by Susan Bloch | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Susan Bloch’s essays have won a prize in the Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards and received a notable mention in Best American Essays 2017. Her short stories and essays have been published in a variety of magazines and literary journals, including The Forward, Entropy, The Citron Review, STORGY, Pif Magazine, Tikkun, and HuffPost. A lifelong traveler, she lived in South Africa, New York, Tel Aviv, London, and Mumbai before alighting in Seattle.

Fiction | ‘The Reluctant Teller of Tales’ by Mukesh Manjunath | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Mukesh Manjunath is a writer currently based out of Mumbai. He has previously published in The Wire, EPW, and The World of Apu. He is working on his debut non-fiction book titled The Age of Heroes to be published by Harper Collins India.  He received his Integrated Masters in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, Chennai. 

Poetry | ‘Aubade’ & ‘Flying over Bonaire’ by Ricardo Pau-Llosa | Issue 37 (Jan, 2021)

Pulitzer nominated Ricardo’s poems have appeared (and/or will soon) in Ambit, American Journal of Poetry, American Poetry Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Boston Review, Burnside, The Common, december, Ekphrasis, The Fiddlehead, Hudson Review, Ilanot Review, Island, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Plume, PN Review, Poetry, Prism, Quadrant, Southern Review, Stand, Vayavya, Virginia Quarterly Review, Volt, among many other journals. 



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