Poem: Kelly DuMar

All These Cures One day you imagine the grandmother you need and find her living in a Swedish bakery serving tea to customers in wooden booths on wooden floors in her sweet and steamy shop where she feeds your hunger for cinnamon and vanilla, your dream of comfort from butter and baking, the yeasty promise … Continue reading

Photo by David Crouse.

Three Questions: Melina Draper

We featured an excerpt from Melina Draper’s Later the House Stood Empty (Red Hen Press, 2014) last month. Last year, she won an individual artist grant from the Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska. Her first book, Place of Origin~Lugar de Origen, co-authored with Argentine writer Elena Lafert, (Oyster River Press, 2008) won the Latino Book Award … Continue reading


Excerpt: Jen Karetnick

From Prayer of Confession Arrival: A Love Villanelle for Haiti Nou led, nou la. “We are ugly, but we are here,” you say through the cracks of your lips, your hands coated with the dust that masks any succor. Your breasts may fall like bricks but still pucker for the mouths of fashion-blind infants: Nou … Continue reading


Story: Greg Letellier

Waiting Every summer, Jack keeps a vegetable garden in the backyard, and each year he pulls a milkweed plant from the ground. He looks for a leaf with a caterpillar on it so he can put it in a mason jar with tiny holes in the lid and set it on the mantle. For Jack, … Continue reading


In Place Podcast: House of Paine Poetry Salon #4

As promised, the In Place Podcast is growing. Our second episode takes us to Worcester, MA and inside the House of Paine Poetry Salon #4. The event is hosted by poets Victor Infante and Lea Deschenes in their living room. Today we feature the openers from the first half of the salon. Next week you’ll get … Continue reading


Poem: John Goodhue

Mimic Just how I have learned to breach the bones of another, the odd luster they refract, and drown in the marrow. There is a prayer, which unlaces flesh from the limbo between two bodies, as though “anything” sends ripples through “anything else”. I speak it like a bullet, like oil under starlight. And I … Continue reading


Excerpt: B. D. Fischer

From Slowly But Thoroughly I arrived in Southern City barely a man, fresh from an unsuccessful stint with a large financial conglomerate in Northern City, that principal American metropolis, that ended with an escort out of the building (our offices were on the 22nd floor), the flabby uniformed guard’s soaking hand heavy and staining the … Continue reading


Story: Peter Korchnak

Where Are You From? “Where are you from?” says the guide from a rock in the middle of the Khao Sok jungle. It comes out as “Where you from!” but he gets the ‘are’ for effort. He looks over my head to count the tour group. Before I say USA he turns toward the gash … Continue reading


Poem: Kanchan Chatterjee

Satori I open the window full of Sun and a lady draped in a shawl with big spring-flowers printed on it standing on the opposite terrace gazing the sparrows Kanchan Chatterjee is a male executive working in the finance ministry of government of India. Although he does not have any literary background, he loves poetry … Continue reading

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Three Questions: Soren Melville

We featured an excerpt from Soren Mellville’s S/N/D (Civil Coping Mechanisms) earlier this month. As an illustrator, he has worked for Perigee Books. He spends far too much time on twitter, where, among other things, he runs @DeathMedieval, an account tweeting deaths from medieval coroner’s rolls. Your new book, S/N/D, is two novels–Laura and Black … Continue reading


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