Author: Phoebe Blog

On the Outskirts: A Review of Dur e Aziz Amna’s “American Fever”

Bareerah Y. Ghani Dur e Aziz Amna’s riveting debut novel examines adolescence, that no-man’s land of skepticism, anger, and a yearning to at once reclaim yourself and be who the world wants you...

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Richard Thomas’ New Short Story Collection Is a Masterclass of Dark Fiction Persona and Experimentation

Timothy Johnson I’ve been following Richard Thomas (but not in a weird way) for years. He is not only an exemplary writer, but a shining example of what it means to be a literary community member,...

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Nonfiction as Contradiction: On Jami Attenberg’s Memoir “I Came All This Way to Meet You”

Lena Crown “No fantasy is wrong,” Jami Attenberg writes in her memoir I Came All This Way to Meet You, released in January of 2022 by Ecco Books and Serpent’s Tail (UK). No fantasy is...

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The Processes Behind Poems and Novels: An Interview with Laura Kasischke

As a fiction writer without much of a knack for poetry, I’ve long appreciated writers with a talent for both genres. And when I think of authors who bridge that genre divide, Laura Kasischke is one...

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Hypothesis/Meaning: Erasure as a Vehicle for Understanding

Christian Stanzione What the erasure is is hard to pin down. In one sense, it is a new poem but the kind of poem that renders the reader hyper aware that language is a cultural hand-me-down. In...

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Review of Matt Bell’s “Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts”

Leah Sumrall I love craft books. It isn’t so much that I read them hoping to learn something new (though I almost always do), but that I enjoy finding new perspectives on what I already know about...

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Interview with Zev Labinger, Cover Artist for Phoebe 51.1

Timothy Johnson I believe you should judge a book by its cover. Of course, we often apply that idiom figuratively to people, and in that case, I don’t recommend it. In the literal case, though, a...

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Phoebe Issue 51.1 Takes Flight

Timothy Johnson Phoebe 51.1 is ready to read. It’s soaring through the air (and perhaps trans-continental fiber optic cables, a reference you’ll get if you read the issue) to your computer,...

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Chibundu Onuzo’s Sankofa Sparks Self-Discovery and Reinvention

Bareerah Y. Ghani Chibundu Onuzo’s new novel, Sankofa, is poignant and perceptive in its exploration of grief, family bonds and the intersectionality of race, ancestry and identity....

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Five Tips for Balancing Imagery and Clarity in Fiction

Kevin Binder An unexpected outcome of my MFA experience is that it’s deepened my appreciation for voice and style in fiction writing. Not that my literary tastes were all that refined to begin...

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