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."
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."
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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 interview by Clinton Crockett Peters with author Patrick Madden on his latest collection essays, Sublime Physick, a follow-up from Quotidiana.
In their interview, they discuss the challenges of writing about the everyday, bodily fluids, Montaigne, and intertexuality: "I found Montaigne to be a delightful companion, a well-stocked and supple mind with whom I loved to think. I have become so converted that I now declare that if one would be an essayist, she must first learn to love Montaigne."
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Check out our latest interview by Clinton Crockett Peters with author Mike Scalise on his memoir The Brand New Catastrophe, a darkly comic memoir on Scalise's experience growing up with acromegaly, the same disorder that afflicted André the Giant.
In their discussion, they discuss writing illness memoirs and how humor can help writing arrive at truth: " I joked a lot while all this was happening, so if I didn’t write about that, the memoir wouldn’t have been truthful. I think humor’s a natural place for me to run to, socially, but when it comes time to write I know I need to look past it to the more thorny and uncertain aspects of my life that manifested the humor."
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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