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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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The Real Issue: Gary Jackson’s Origin Story

KS Keeney I read Gary Jackson’s first book, Missing You Metropolis, when I was twenty-one, still getting my feet under me as an adult and poet, and was awed at the idea that you could mix poetry...

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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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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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