Recommended Reading 1/16/2017

I just finished reading Lincoln Michel‘s collection, Upright Beasts.  One of my favorite stories is “Things Left Outside,” which also appears online at Weird Fiction Review


An essay of Walter Robinson’s that was originally published in The Sun has now been picked up by Reader’s Digest, and you can read the whole piece here: (Check out Walter’s new website for more of his work:

Corina Zappia has a new piece, My Sandwich Is Going to Eat Me, at The Stranger:

Kate Jayroe has an essay online at JMWW:

Keith Lesmeister interviewed Susan Pagani on his blog (Life as a Shorty) about her story, The Fledgling, in The Rappahannock Review:

Finally, I was excited to read Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s thoughts about the English poet Stevie Smith in this review:! I didn’t know much about Smith’s poetry before reading this piece, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz continues to be so smart.  I admire her more all of the time.

Recommended Reading 1/4/2017

As the new year is starting, I wanted to share some of the great stories, poems and essays that I’ve been reading lately.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

Darnell Arnoult’s essay, When I Started to Cry, is online at Blackbird:

Becky Bond, who is always hilarious, writes about the anxiety that comes with filling out forms:

Agatha French, the new staff writer in books at the Los Angeles Times, recently interviewed Stephanie Danler about her bestseller, Sweetbitter:  She also interviewed Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles about creativity, “queer art,” and the end of their relationship:

Megan Galbraith’s wonderful essay, Learning to Mother Myself, was published in The Manifest Station:

Keith Lesmeister’s forthcoming collection, We Could Have Been Happy Here, is included in Memorious’s list of most anticipated books of 2017:

Linda Michel-Cassidy interviewed Gonzalo Torne for The Rumpus:

Shawna Kay Rodenberg has written an important article about education, coal and poverty in Eastern Kentucky for Salon:

Susan Pagani’s story, The Fledgling, is in the new issue of The Rappahannock Review:

Cassie Pruyn wrote a brilliant essay for VIDA that you should read and share:

Corina Zappia is a frequent contributor to The Stranger’s Food & Drink section. Recently, she wrote “Mackerel, You Sexy Bastard: In Defense of Sardines, Herring, and other Maligned Fishy Fish,” and “Washington Is Getting so Cheesy,”





Recommended Reading 9/23/2016

I’ve been reading some great stories, poems and essays in the past few weeks.  If you’re looking for something to hold your attention over the weekend, try one (or all) of these:

Barrett Warner’s poem, Oxon Run, was recently featured at Autumn Sky Poetry Daily:

Emily Mohn-Slate has two poems at Connotation Press:

Linda Michel-Cassidy interviewed Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram, the creators of Book Fight!, over at Entropy:

K.L. Browne’s fantastic story, Toucan, was published this week at Ascent:

Susan Pagani wrote this cool article about a cooperative grocery store in Minneapolis for Civil Eats, a national food justice mag:

Finally, I highly recommend you check out this essay by Jamie Zvirzdin in The Kenyon Review’s Poetics of Science issue:  The essay is titled, “Observations of a Science Editor: If Romantic Scientists Pilfered Fiction’s Toolbox, You Can Too,” and it’s really fascinating.

Recommended Reading 9/9/2016

If you’re looking for something good to read this weekend, here are several worthy options:

Poetry lovers should check out Cassie Pruyn‘s three poems that were included as part of CutBank’s “All Accounts and Mixture” online series:

And Tanya Grae has some beautiful new work online at Agni and at Fjords Review: and

And be sure to read a new poem by Larry Thacker‘s in The Rappahannock Review:

If Creative Non-Fiction is more your style, you should read Elizabeth Glass’s essay “A Series of Almosts” online at The Manifest-Station:

And Susan Pagani has a wonderful essay, “On Living with Geese,” online at Switchback:

Corina Zappia wrote a fantastic review of Seattle restaurants in The Stranger: I promise it’s a fun read, even if you won’t be in Seattle anytime soon.