Author: Emily Faison

Review: The Committee on Town Happiness

Review by Emily Faison   “Had the edge moved in the night?” “Where did the balloon go?” “How do you measure happiness?” Ninety-nine brief stories ask more questions than they answer. Narrated by a mysteriously collective We, Alan Michael Parker’s The Committee on Town Happiness questions and redefines the meaning of community. Nearly every chapter is written in third person…

Jen McClanaghan & Steve Kistulentz

  Jen McClanaghan, Assistant Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, earned her undergraduate degree from Antioch College then moved to New York City where she worked in publishing for seven years, including a job as a photo editor for the National Audubon Society Field Guides. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA (2004) and Florida State…

Author Q&A: Patty Seyburn

Interview by Ramsey Mathews Patty Seyburn has published three books of poems: Hilarity (New Issues Press, 2009), Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998). Her fourth collection, Perfecta, was just released from What Books Press. She is an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry…

Erin Belieu & Skip Horack

Listen to Erin Belieu & Skip Horack read their work at The Warehouse. Erin Belieu, Professor at Florida State University, MFA The Ohio State University (1992), MA Boston University (1995), specializes in poetry. Her first book, Infanta, was selected by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series and was named one of the ten best books of 1995 by Library Journal, Washington…

Contributor Spotlight: Kate Angus

Kate Angus’ story, “My Catalog of Failures,” appears in Vol. 33.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.   Tell us about “My Catalog of Failures.” What inspired it?  In part, what inspired “My Catalog of Failures” was the collapse of a friendship, one close to my heart and difficult to categorize, and how that forced me to come…

Contributor Spotlight: Chelsea Wagenaar

Chelsea Wagenaar’s poem, “Hope,” appears in Vol. 33.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.   Tell us about “Hope.” What inspired it? Where was it written? My parents went through a long, arduous divorce seven years ago. This is one of those poems that, while not strictly autobiographical, is so personal—in sentiment—that it took me a long time to…

Contributor Spotlight: Christine Pivovar

Christine Pivovar’s story, “Love in the Time of Communists,” appears in Vol. 33.1 of The Southeast Review. Purchase the issue here.   Tell us a little bit about your story, “Love in the Time of Communists,” and what inspired it. When the tram creaks to a halt at the last stop before it crosses the Vltava River into the tourist center…

Review: Charles D’Ambrosio’s Loitering: New & Collected Essays

Review by Gary Sheppard   In Loitering: New & Collected Essays, Charles D’Ambrosio’s first book in eight years, we encounter the same masterly attentiveness to the complexities of language and memory that many readers and writers, too long in the know about this guy, have come to expect from D’Ambrosio’s probably more well known short fiction. A professor of Fiction…

Review: Ron Salutsky’s Romeo Bones

Review by Laura Minor  The innocence and desire for love in a first book—I’ll never get over it. There is an intimacy in trusting someone’s imaginative leaps for the first time. In Ron Salutsky’s Romeo Bones, one longs for escape in a world pinned down by maps, loss, love, and sobriety. The self-deprecating is comforting in Salutsky’s world, in the…

Author Q&A: CJ Hauser

Interview by Amy Denham Q: Music seems integral to the very soul of The From-Aways. We have Guns N’ Roses in the epigraph, a singer-waitress, a folk songwriter, and the inception of the Band with the Best Band Name Ever, Cassandra Galápagos and the Aged Tortoise. But for me, the town itself felt like a song. (That song would probably…