Author: skopel

Julie Marie Wade

BONEFrom The Southeast Review Volume 30.1         I always had “good bones,” the doctor said, tapping my knee with his tiny hammer. “Fine bone structure,” it was clear to see, like my mother, who—by her own estimation—was still beautiful despite her large bones. “But women like us,” she said. “We have to work a little harder.”           Women like us. I swallowed the…

A. E. Loveridge

BLUES (AND BENJAMIN) From The Southeast Review Volume 30.1Very soon, the windows will shutter against August’s hurricanes,but until then, swing them wide like a curveball pitch. Pour me a bourbon and sing me the saddest song,one that a woman taught you about regretting a man, with a tenor saxophone in the chorus, a baritone voicelike the nightfall trains, the geese returning to…

David Crews

SILENCE From The Southeast Review Volume 30.1It was around the time I found the little girl,and then started having dreams of my mother. When we fought she sometimes came to my bed,tried to apologize, as I stared at the dark beige wall pretending to sleep. It felt like a thousand severed treespiled onto a frail body, branches scratching eyes. And since I…

Joshua L. Ruffin

THE GREAT SILENCE From The Southeast Review Volume 30.1They like to pretend The Good, the Bad,and the Ugly is a spaghetti western.Sure, the ingredients are there: the villain whom we know by his shoe-polish-blackmustache, the hero who’d just as soonmake love to you—with his gunbelt onif you asked—as light a cigar on your smoldering eye socket. Mostimportant: Morricone panning whistlesleft to right,…

Kim Henderson

A BROOKSIDE PARK SUNBURNFrom The Southeast Review Volume 30.1Winner of SER‘s 2011 World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest          We were thirteen and it was the summer of ugliness. Bony feet, rough and black-green on bottom, concave chests and taut lower bellies—still not quite women, lips chewed and chapped, ratty chlorine-bleached hair on end—no mothers around to fix it, every inch of our ugly…

Susan Bulloch

Fall 2012 Writing Regimen Contest Winner At the end of every month-long writing regimen, participants are invited to submit up to three of their best regimen-inspired pieces for a chance at publication in SER Online. After sifting through the varied and truly wonderful submissions from this summer’s run, we managed to select just one essay to display. We are proud to announce that Susan…

Rhythm and Blues

Rhythm and Blues John Casteen I.    (1997) That year the nights were full and fine and myriad of stars.  Each afternoon let crisp light fall across the rippled flanks of sleeping Appaloosa mares, cloud- dappled and lovely.  The mares’ bodies were the Blue Ridge mountains.  The stars were the woman I love.  This was my ever home, & this poem…

Interview: John Casteen

by April Manteris John Casteen is the author of For the Mountain Laurel (2011) and Free Union (2009), part of the VQR Poetry Series from The University of Georgia Press. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. He teaches at Sweet Briar College, where he founded and directs the Sweet Briar Undergraduate Creative Writing…

Interview: Debra Monroe

by Richard Garn   Debra Monroe is the author of four books, including her first novel, The Source of Trouble, winner of the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction. Her books have appeared on “Best Ten” lists in Elle and Vanity Fair, and in Borders Bookstores’ “Original Voices” series. Her most recent book, Shambles, is currently available, and her forthcoming memoir On the Outskirts of…

Jerome Stern Benefit

Mark Hinson is a senior writer and columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat and Tallahassee.com. His weekly Sunday humor column, For Amusement Purposes Only, is one of the most popular features in the paper. He studied with Jerry Stern in the mid-80s while he was also an arts reporter and cartoonist for the Florida Flambeau. Hinson also spent a stint working for the…