Category: Features

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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LeVar Burton Gives a Powerful Voice to His Visionary 1997 Post-Apocalyptic Novel

Timothy Johnson If you’re a child of the ’80s like me, LeVar Burton may have been an important part of your formative years. Whether you tuned into Star Trek: The Next Generation every week, kept...

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Our Last Blue Moon: Dance of Love

Martin Mitchell Will it come like a change in the weather?Will its greeting be courteous or rough?Will it alter my life altogether?O tell me the truth about love.—W.H. Auden I thought of these...

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Emily Austin’s Debut Novel and Being Dead Someday

Melissa Wade The cover of Emily Austin’s debut novel presents visual insight into the book’s core dichotomy. In a design by Kelli McAdams, lollipop-colored rabbits bound with life in neatly...

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What We’re Looking For: Fall 2021

As a team of writers and creators, we know that submitting to journals can feel like a daunting and opaque process. As we continue to accept submissions for phoebe’s Fall 2021 issue, we thought it...

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Through the Revolving Door: a Salutation From Editor-in-Chief Timothy Johnson

As a reader, I’m not the biggest fan of letters from editors. Digging through phoebe’s archives, as I am wont to do, because I’m a big nerd, it’s clear someone agreed with me. At one time in...

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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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Eroded Ephemera

by featured artist Nikolina Lazetic  lunar, untitled no.2Medium: acrylic, oil, ink on paper (modified print)   My creative processes are informed by an upbringing in a war-torn space, mute losses...

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