Author: Zach Linge

Review: Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy Review by Whitney Gilchrist A rare abstract sentence in Maile Meloy’s new novel Do Not Become Alarmed offers a way of understanding the story itself: “One aspect of human resilience, in all its marvelousness, was the ability to recalibrate, to adjust to new circumstances with astonishing speed.” The story embeds this reflection on “recalibrat[ion]”…

Review: Contradictions in the Design

Contradictions in the Design by Matthew Olzmann Review by Ray Barker The thirty-seven poems in Matthew Olzmann’s recent collection, Contradictions in the Design, strive to find meaning and value in personal experiences as viewed through a historical lens. With an endless reserve of curiosity, Olzmann surveys a range of places and objects, questioning their significance as clues to deeper truths. Museums figure…

Author Q&A: Jordan Flaherty

Interview by Dyan Neary Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. He has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, RT America, the Alan Colmes Show on Fox, and News and Notes on NPR. He is the author of the books No More…

Author Q&A: A.A. Balaskovits

Interview by Misha Rai Originally from the Chicagoland area, A.A. Balaskovits has lived all across the American Midwest but currently calls South Carolina her home. She received her B.A. from Loras College, her MFA from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. from The University of Missouri.She has served as an Assistant Fiction Editor for The Mid American Review and…

Review: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Review by Theodore Yurevitch I didn’t know what a bardo was before reading George Saunders’s new novel Lincoln in the Bardo, and I can’t say I was sure afterward, either. I knew Saunders’s work, though, as many do; he’s the author of several acclaimed collections of short stories, novellas, and essays. Not long ago, one of…

Author Q&A: Piyali Bhattacharya

Interview by Misha Rai Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion which was awarded a grant from the National…

Volume 35.1

Contributors Lauren Albin, Margaret Bashaar, Barrett Bowlin, Yi Xiao Chen, Alexandra Comeaux, Sam Cross, Danielle Lee Davis, Chelsea Dingman, George Drew, Norman Dubie, Ezra Dan Feldman, Joyce Frank, Renata Fuchs, Christian Holt, Gwen Holt, Jill McCabe Johnson, Rebecca Lauren, Esther Lin, Dao Linh, Thomas McConnell, L.L. McDonald, Caitlin McGill, Brooke McKinney, Victoria Miluch, Aleksandra Panic, Samuel Piccone, Rachel Sahaidachny, Kate…

Review: You Should Pity Us Instead

You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine Review by Karen Tucker “Most serious and productive artists,” writes Joyce Carol Oates, “are ‘haunted’ by their material—this is the galvanizing force of their creativity, their motivation. It is not and cannot be a fully conscious or volitional ‘haunting’—it is something that seems to happen to us, as if from without, no matter what craft…

Review: A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Review by Megan Tilley At the center of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is love. The kind of love that binds four men together over the decades, as their lives expand past their shared college experiences. The kind of love that spurs a professor to adopt his former student to give him the parents that he…

Review: The Spectral Wilderness

The Spectral Wilderness by Oliver Bendorf Review by Rachel Sahaidachny Oliver Bendorf writes in the poem “Ghost Dog,” “I miss things sometimes that I cannot locate in the heart.” Art is a form of preservation. Poems in The Spectral Wilderness observe, interrogate, and record the subtle shifts in mind, body, and relationships through the process of transitioning from female to male, presented…