Author: Alex Quinlan

Review: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi Review by Kaley Jemison   Helen Oyeyemi’s latest book, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, is a collection of short stories that ranges from magical realism to the ultramodern. Her stories center on themes of identity, love, and sexuality. They are connected through images of keys both literal and figurative:…

Adrian Matejka

  Sounds in Sequential Order (Edit)     —after Ann Druyan’s classification of terrestrial sounds for the Sounds of Earth record     Music of the Spheres   Frequencies get lean out here, echoing like abandoned ghosts rattling the forgotten umbrellas & coatless hangers in the front hall closet. Everyone just ghosted the minute the summonses came & the exodus…

Review: The Genome Rhapsodies

The Genome Rhapsodies by Anna George Meek Review by Kelsey Satalino Relatives coo over an infant, his future formed by both his drug-addicted parents’ DNA and the words of family members who have already decided who he will be. Father Gregor Mendel, meditating on the death of his father, shucks peas and gleans theories of genetic inheritance. A bride wearing her grandmother’s…

Oh, Miami Author Spotlight: Laurel Nakanishi

Interview by Hector Mojena After proposing the Sunroom Project to the Oh, Miami Poetry Festival last year, Laurel Nakanishi founded an initiative that in short time has become one of the most ambitious poetry workshops in all of South Florida. Working with middle schools and detention centers throughout Miami-Dade County, the Sunroom Project (supported by the Children’s Trust) instructs burgeoning…

Contributor Spotlight: Alicia Wright

Alicia Wright’s poems, “Self Portrait as St. Peter’s Youth Group Member” and “Elegy for Marilyn with Streaks of Silver,” appear in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here. This interview was conducted by Maari Carter, The Southeast Review’s assistant poetry editor.   First, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to publish your beautiful poems. You’re working…

Staff Picks: Word of South Festival

by Southeast Review staff Tallahassee’s second annual Word of South Festival is a celebration of literature and music and the connections between the two. At this festival, which is being held this weekend, April 8-10, in Cascades Park, you’ll find musicians who write books, authors who write about music, and combined performances by musicians and authors. Don’t miss out on this unique literary event! To help you…

Contributor Spotlight: Will McGrath

Will McGrath’s “Death of the Virgin” won The Southeast Review’s 2015 Narrative Nonfiction Contest, judged by Bob Shacochis, and appears in Vol. 34.1. Purchase the issue here and check out this year’s contests. Tell us about “Death of the Virgin.” What inspired it? I wrote a version of this essay long ago, when I was working at a homeless shelter…

Yona Harvey

Yona Harvey’s book of poetry, Hemming the Water, was published by Four Way Books in 2013. Listen to her share her poetry here: Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University.  She is also…

Contributor Spotlight: Jennine Capó Crucet

Interview Excerpt: “Navigating Rather Than Negotiating” Misha Rai’s full interview with Jennine Capó Crucet appears in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here. Misha Rai: So you once told me that you knew exactly who you were writing Make Your Home Among Strangers for. Can you talk a little about that?  Jennine Capó Crucet: Absolutely. I wrote this…

Review: The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy Review by Eric Schlich Benjamin Percy knows how to write a compelling monster novel. In Red Moon (2013), he uses lycanthropy (werewolves) to explore terrorism, racial profiling, and contagion politics. In his latest, The Dead Lands, Percy re-imagines the Lewis and Clark expedition in a post-apocalyptic America that has been destroyed by super-flu and nuclear…