Click here to open ALR's spring 2017 issue! Inside you'll find superb writing, including the winning pieces for our 2016 contest: sam sax's "Psychotherapy," Courtney Zoffness' "Peanuts Aren't Nuts," and Lara Lillibridge's "Essay Notes on Detachment Disorder." We can't wait for you to check it all out!
Click here to read a fantastic interview with the acclaimed novelist, short story writer, and essayist Dagoberto Gilb. Over the course of his conversation with ALR’s Kimberly Garza, Gilb discusses the kinds of people whose lives register as universal, the contrasting means by which fiction and essays illuminate life’s mystery, and his work editing Huizache, a magazine of Latino literature.
Regarding the relationship between novel writing and short story writing, Gilb has this to say: "I think short fiction is much closer to poetry—maybe a narrative poetry—than a novel. Stories work more with image and mood and tone in ways that a novel cannot. Stories don’t have to be about any sort of plot to work. The form is about confinement, being tight, reducing the use of words—to minimize and pick exact words and phrases, preferably with beauty, carefully, using sentences and graphs in the same way that poets work in verse. Stories feature the smaller people (never really small) and the smaller miracles (never really small) of being alive on a planet spinning in what appears to be an infinite space."
ALR accepts online submissions only. Our regular reading period runs from Oct 1st, through May 1st. Our contest is open from June 1st through Oct 1st. We hope you'll consider submitting! Please visit our Submissions page for more details.
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Since the journal's inception, we have made it a point to publish excellent poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages in their careers.
Highway, Laungedoc, France; Clothesline in Snow, Provincetown, MA; Graveyard, Provincetown, MA- Roger Camp
Check out our latest review by Joshua Jones on Michael Bazzett's newest collection Our Lands Are Not So Different.
In his review, he writes on Bazzett's book as an antidote to current events : "It can be hard to laugh given the current state of public discourse—harder still to laugh about epistemology, which was never very funny to begin with—but laughter reminds us that the ridiculous is actually ridiculous no matter how powerful or pervasive. Bazzett’s poems, therefore, do the necessary and paradoxical work of making us laugh at our terrors and shudder at our joys."
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Click here to read a luminary interview with Montana-based poet, Michelle Kwasny.
In a discussion with Stevie Edwards, Kwasny expounds upon the importance imagery of the natural and ancient worlds to her writing and the ways that the American landscape is pocked by the collective grief of atrocities committed upon it. She also gives fantastic advice to budding young eco-poets: "A poem, to be alive, to move, must not be merely descriptive but must engage with the poet. The image cannot simply be static object... When I say the object must not be static, that it should be allowed its life, I am not talking about personification. I am talking about allowing for something more than mere description to come through."
Check out our latest book review written by Sebastian Paramo on Jennifer Givhan's Landscape with Headless Mama, published in 2016 by LSU Press and winner of the Pleiades Press Editor's Prize.
In describing the nature of the collection, Paramo has this to say: "In the world of Givhan’s collection, ordinary small-town lives can inspire wonder or disappointment in equal measure. The speaker learns to create comforts out of the supernatural and thus seeks ways to escape to other realms. To read this collection is to revel in the landscape of these realms inside her head. Filled with a language unique to the speaker, one feels Givhan’s desire to split from the familiar, both in a literal and figurative sense; we seek to reinvent worlds where we can feel at ease with new eyes. Givhan’s poems play an important part in building the landscape in the reader’s head for not only the poems, but each section of this brave book."
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Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002, and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared in over 100 magazines including The New York Quarterly, New England Review, and Witness. His work is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery, NYC. You can learn more, here: http://rogercampphoto.com