Category: Features

Why phoebe Takes a Summer Break and You Should Too

Temperatures are climbing in our hometown of Fairfax, Virginia, and the drone of our local brood of 17-year cicadas is so loud that we can hear it inside, fan running, windows closed. We’ve held...

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Traversing Languages, Genres, Cultures: An Interview with Ye Chun

Ana Pugatch Ye Chun is a bilingual Chinese American author and translator. Her stunning poetry and prose meditate on the power of language, the dichotomy of othering/loneliness, and navigating two...

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From the Room: A Farewell from Editor-in-Chief Melissa Wade

“Goodbyes always make my throat hurt. I need more hellos.” Charlie Brown When it comes to personal notes like this, I tend to think that someone else has already expressed how I feel better than...

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Bigger and Bigger Worlds Beyond ‘Little Fish’: An Interview with Aja Gabel

Melissa Wade  So here at phoebe, every once and a while, we sell a back issue, but a few months ago, we got a bounty of requests for one particular printing: our Fall 2011 contest issue. When I...

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playing with boxes: an interview with Irene Cooper about spare change

Millie Tullis Irene Cooper’s spare change (Finishing Line Press)  is a collection composed of small poems that constantly surprise through line, image, and charged, simple language. The poems...

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Little Fish by Aja Gabel

This is my earliest memory. I was twenty-nine. The last waterslide park in northern California was closing at the end of the summer, and I felt I owed it to my childhood to take one last run. I...

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Correlatives: A Review of W. Todd Kaneko’s This is How the Bone Sings

Christian Stanzione I was a natural reader for W. Todd Kaneko’s The Dead Wrestler Elegies, a book that examines the pageantries of professional wrestling to access and discuss his relationship with...

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Bradley Bazzle Writes Unique Fiction With Familiar Skin in New Collection

Tim Johnson Bradley Bazzle describes his new fiction collection, Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, as an “alchemical mixture of realism and complete bullshit.” As I read it, I decided I...

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Navigating MFA Decision Day During COVID: Three Considerations

Ivan Moore A year ago, I was still weighing my options. Quarantine had just started, but I already suspected it could extend into Fall 2020. Like everyone, I was stockpiling canned goods and trying...

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On-Call

Zachary Barnes When COVID-19 hit and the world shuddered to a standstill, a lot of folks like me found a new pocket of time on their hands. I hadn’t realized just how much time I spent...

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