“My projects often zig and zag; I always think I know what I’m doing, then realize after a while that oh actually, I want to do this other thing—but it still builds off of it.” – Rebecca Dunham

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Bradley Bazzle Writes Unique Fiction With Familiar Skin in New Collection

Tim Johnson Bradley Bazzle describes his new fiction collection, Fathers of...

Writing from the Body: Felicia Rose Chavez’s’ The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

Shabrayle Setliff The statement that everyone writes from the body could serve...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

“The beauty and challenge of writing is that every piece is unique; you can’t approach it with the tools you used last time.”- Alyssa Quinn, from “How Long Does It Take to Write a Short Story”

Embody: Featured Artist, Jillian Ellis

Embody #2 Melissa Wade  Years ago, I wrote a biography on Ansel Adams for a...

Relaxing Colorful: An Interview with phoebe Cover Artist Kelsey Howard

Melissa Wade  A few months ago, with #painting typed into the search function...