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Good Endings: A Farewell From Editor-in-Chief Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson In storytelling, endings are essential. I’m aware of the school of thought that stories aren’t about the endings but the journey; however, as a writer, I usually don’t even...

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This Is Not The Essay I Meant To Write: On Writing Into Uncertainty

Megan Pillow Here’s a secret: every night when I go to sleep, I put my dog Lucy’s collar under my pillow. When I toss and turn, I hear the jingle of the tags. It was the sound of her in the...

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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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The Uselessness of Fog: How Paradox Haunts Emily Wilson

Christian Stanzione Paradox isn’t the problem we take it for. Our want, or at least mine until the past few years of academic dithering, is to think of paradox as a sort of unsolvable dialectic—a...

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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 Quiet Zone: A Town Layered By Its Silence

Melissa Wade Towards the end of his recent stand-up special, Aziz Ansari asks the audience to clap if they spend too much time on their phones. The majority do. He asks if they’ve ever tried...

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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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The Interior Design of Art: An Interview with Camilla Taylor

KS Keeney While phoebe is primarily a journal for literature, over the years we have had the chance to feature some phenomenal visual art, and none more so in my tenure than the work of Camilla...

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