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Contributor Spotlight: Yao Xiao

Yao Xiao’s digital illustrations appear in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.  What drives you to make art? I’m driven by the effect that art has on people as emotional beings. Images help us connect and express values to one another. I’m happy being the medium and bridge between communicators.   How does your obsession with “absurd…

Author Q&A: Lawrence Coates

Interview by Misha Rai Lawrence Coates is the author of five books, most recently Camp Olvido and The Goodbye House. His first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award for Fiction and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series. His second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003, and his…

Craft Talk: Maria Mutch

HOW TO PLAY I learned a good deal about writing from watching and listening to jazz musicians. More specifically, I learned about the effective use of surprise, play and dissonance from them. I would take—and still do—my older son, who has autism among other things, to hear the bands play live because he loves the music, especially when it’s being…

Contributor Spotlight: James Dunham

James Dunham’s short story, “Passage,” appears in Vol. 34.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here. Tell us about “Passage” and what inspired it. I sometimes have surreal, unpleasant dreams, and “Passage” originated in one as the opening tunnel section where the societal outcasts gather. The image demanded exploration—that its story be discovered. Over the course of many drafts, I set…

Review: The Rusted City

The Rusted City by Rochelle Hurt Review by Keith Kopka Peter Johnson, editor of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, defines prose poetry as an intricate balance. He explains, “Just as black humor straddles the fine line between comedy and tragedy, so the prose poem plants one foot in prose, the other in poetry, both heels resting precariously on banana peels.”…

Review: Do Not Rise

Do Not Rise by Beth Bachmann Review by Brandi Nicole Martin When Beth Bachmann released Temper in 2009, she left a violent mark on the poetry world with her elegiac lyrics and her biting lines, lines which tear the universe open for the reader, allowing them to be shaken by haunting images—train tracks, bullet holes in the sky, a sister’s…

Craft Talk: Josh Booton

THE CATFISH ON THE MANTLE When Chekov famously asserted, “if a gun is on the mantle in the first act, it must go off in the third,” he probably did not intend for his dictum to extend into the realm of poesy. But with the first lines of any poem we begin to establish expectations, a primary ground from which…

Craft Talk: Ciara Shuttleworth

DANCING WITH DUENDE Duende has many definitions, but we will focus on Federico Garcia Lorca’s extensive writings on it, looking at duende through the lens of poetry, how it relates to poetry, and how it can be adapted to the art of your poetry. Lorca writes in his essay, “The Theory and Play of Duende,” “So, then, the duende is a force…

Review: Days of Shame & Failure

Days of Shame & Failure by Jennifer L. Knox Review by Laura Minor Even the lovers of poetry get bored sometimes, and we often bring a little of that disenchantment with us when we sit down to read the new book that came in the mail. But Jennifer L. Knox’s fourth book of poems, Days of Shame & Failure (available…

Author Q&A: David Tomas Martinez

Interview by Hector Mojena David Tomas Martinez’s debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, winning the New England Book Festival’s prize in poetry, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize. Martinez’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, Oxford American, Los Angeles Review of Books, among…