Volume XXXVIII, no. 2

MAR 38.2 Cover Art: There was no going back, by Michelle Kingdom

38.2 Table of Contents

Fiction
Katherine L. Hester, “Dirty South”
Naomi Telushkin, “Submarine”
Cat Ingrid Leeches, “My Dead Mother Is into Rotting Fish & Crystals”
Carley Gomez, “The Art of a Bonsai Killer”
Andrew Mitchell, “Nosebleeds”

Poetry
Ruth Foley, “The Circle of What I Can Control”
Eve Jones, Two Poems
Clayton Adam Clark, “The Noctambulists”
Allison Blevins, “How to Explain Fertility When an Acquaintance Asks Casually:”
Kim Welliver, “St Agatha Redecorates”
Jennifer Habel, Two Poems
Fay Dillof, Two Poems
Hannah Beresford, “This Is Not How I Know”
Jacob Sunderlin, “Hangover for Townes Van Zandt”

Translation
Salgado Maranhão, “Flight”
Translated from the Portuguese by Alexis Levitin

Translation Chapbook Feature
Salvatore Quasimodo, The Foreigner in Me
Translated from the Italian and Introduced by Julia Older
Abdourahman A. Waberi, The Path That Leads to the Source
Translated from the French and Introduced by Nancy Naomi Carlson

The 2017-2018 James Wright Poetry Award
     First Prize
Cammy Pedroja, “Ants Eating Poison”
     Runner-Up
John Sibley Williams, “The Detainee Is Granted One Wish”
     Finalists
Leila Chatti, “Deluge”
Anita Olivia Koester, “Cartography of a Labyrinth”
Cameron McGill, “Because I Did Not Die”

The 2017-2018 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award
     First Prize
Sakinah Hoefler, “The Prophet, The Fixer”
     Runner-Up
Connor McNamara, “Grief”

What We’re Reading
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib, reviewed by Nicholas Rys
Set to Music a Wildfire by Ruth Awad, reviewed by Suzanne Hodsden
Black Jesus and Other Superheroes by Venita Blackburn, reviewed by Kari Hanlin
ActivAmerica by Meagan Cass, reviewed by Katy Cesarotti
Darling Nova by Melissa Cundieff, reviewed by Annie Cigic
Street Calligraphy by Jim Daniels, reviewed by Dan Gualtieri
Dots & Dashes by Jehanne Dubrow, reviewed by Madelaine Pope
Should I Still Wish by John W. Evans, reviewed by Nathaniel Meals
Beast by Paul Kingsnorth, reviewed by Becca Orchard
Sky Country by Christine Kitano, reviewed by Anthony Lograsso
Run Away to the Yard by Lisa C. Krueger, reviewed by Abigail Cloud
Bridled by Amy Meng, reviewed by Hadeel Salameh
Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past by Kathryn Nuernberger, reviewed by Roseanna Boswell
Darwin’s Mother by Sarah Rose Nordgren, reviewed by Erin Carlyle
The Osiris Poems by Simon Perchik, reviewed by Remigius Ward Recchia
Square Inch Hours by Sherod Santos, reviewed by Madeline Grigg
Gatherest by Sasha Steensen, reviewed by Anna Short

Volume XXXVIII, no. 1

Image: issue 38.1 Cover art, Time makes knots, by Michelle Kingdom
Issue 38.1 Cover Art: Time makes knots, by Michelle Kingdom

38.1 Table of Contents

Fiction

Matthew Pitt, “A Horizon of Koi”
C.A. Schaefer, “Last Rites”
Maggie Su, “Far Be It for Me to Say”
Victoria Campbell, “We Were Here”

Poetry

Zack Rybak, “A Softer Glass”
Sam Killmeyer, from The Teeth Poems
Nin Andrews, “Never Tired”
David Thacker, “A Fetus Dreams of Her Embodied Mind”
Marsha Truman Cooper, “Sisters”
Jacqui Zeng, “Between House and Hearse”
Margaret Cipriano, “In the Century of Specialty”
Lisa Rosinsky, “Fairy Tale with No Known Provenance”
John A. Nieves, Two Poems
Jesse Littlejohn, “The Animation (1939)”
Graham Hillard, “Corner Studio, Artists’ Colony”
Kelly Moffett, “Candling before Divorce”
Gabriella R. Tallmadge, Two Poems
Selina Foster, “I am a reunion of broken parts”
Elizabeth Barnett, “Winter shows us to the road”
L. A. Johnson, “Self-Portrait as Live Oak”

Non-Fiction

Jennifer Militello, Two Works
Beth Peterson, “Wittgenstein’s Cabin”
Henrietta Goodman, “Animals”

Translation Chapbook

Dimitra Kotoula, This Slow Horizon Behind Me That Breathes
Translated from the Greek and Introduced by Maria Nazos

The 2017 Fineline Competition

First Prize
Peter Krumbach, “Fugitive”

Runner-Up
Lynne Nugent, “My Grief Is a Student of the Humanities”

Finalists
Emily Rose Cole, “Dorothy as Witch of the East, a Grimoire”
Lucia Galloway, “Earth Beneath the Snow”
W. J. Herbert, “Pine Vole”
Sonja Johanson, “Spell for a Child Afraid of Spiders”
Jeanne Mack, “Desi”
Claire Polders, “Dawn”
Eleanor Stanford, “Obviously, however, such recombinations cannot be thought to represent genuinely possible worlds.”
Corey Zeller, “New Objects”

The 2017 AWP Intro Journals Awards

Katie Amundsen, “Whale Soup”
Rachel Toliver, “My Cartographies”

What We’re Reading

All Soul Parts Returned by Bruce Beasley, reviewed by Dan Gualtieri
Heavy Metal by Andrew Bourelle, reviewed by Anne Weyer
Lighthouse for the Drowning: Poems by Jawdat Fakhreddine, translated by Huda Fakhreddine and Jayson Iwen, reviewed by Annie Cigic
Glory Days by Melissa Fraterrigo, reviewed by Hadeel Salameh
Every Room in the Body: Poems by Kerri French, reviewed by Madeline Grigg
A Lesser Love: Poems by E. J. Koh, reviewed by Anthony Lograsso
Bright Darkness by Ken Letko, reviewed by Anna Short
The Disintegrations by Alistair McCartney, reviewed by Nicholas Rys
The Wild Night Dress: Poems by Laura McCullough, reviewed by Theodora Hannan
Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum by Nadine Sabra Meyer, reviewed by Remigius Ward Recchia
Double Portrait by Brittany Perham, reviewed by Roseanna Alice Boswell
The Most Foreign Country by Alejandra Pizarnik, translated by Yvette Siegert, reviewed by Erin Carlyle
Gravity Changes by Zach Powers, reviewed by Katy Cesarotti
Novena by Jacques J. Rancourt, reviewed by Preston Smith
Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir by Jennifer Sinor, reviewed by Kari Hanlin
In the Still of the Night by Dara Wier, reviewed by Abigail Cloud

Volume XIV, No. 2

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Table of Contents

Fiction
Tim Keppel “Campeon”
T.M. McNally “The Dark Part”
Douglas Smith “The Secrets of Other Lives”
Ian Randall Wilson “A Wire Man”
Charles Wyatt “The Bagpipe”

Poetry
Rebecca Baggett “Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue and Green Music”
William Virgil Davis “The Morning After”
Sheila Dietz “The Murmuring of Fish”
Mark Irwin “We”
Meg Jeffers “Ordnance”
James Kimbrell “Variation on a Theme by Chagall”
Al Maginnes “Sharks in Kansas”
Dionisio D. Martinez Two Poems
J.D. Scrimgeour “Under the Ghost”
Jennifer Snyder Two Poems
Kerri Webster “Landlocked, Idaho”

Nonfiction
Jean Anaporte-Easton “Healing Our Wounds: The Direction of Difference in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton and Judith Johnson”
Cathryn Essinger “Recreating Fairyland – A Feminist Perspective: Transformations by Anne Sexton”
Julian Gitzen “Charles Wright and Presences in Absence”
Catherin Houser “Missing in Action: Alienation in the Fiction of Award-Winning Women Writers”
Diane Lefer “‘Intellectual Women Aren’t Interesting’: Literature and Woman’s Quest for Knowledge”
Suzanne Matson “Without Relation: Family and Freedom in the Poetry of Louise Gluck”

Translations
Eugenio de Andrade “Solar Matter 38”
Angel Gonzalez “This Moment”
Gunter Kunert “Larmoyance”

What We’re Reading
The Ninemile Wolves by Rick Bass
What Have I Ever Lost by Dying? by Robert Bly
The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck
After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties edited by Ray Gonzalez
Churlsgrace by William Hathaway
Morning Star by Margaret Holley
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

Volume II, No. 2

 

a2-2Fall 1982
Cover Art: J. Hackett

 

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Table of Contents

Fiction
Daniel Curley “The Reunion”
Paul Friedman “The Family”
Robert Shapard “Messages”
Terry Stokes “Women and Children First”

Poetry
Theresa Bacon Two Poems
David Baker Two Poems
Tina Blade “Hoan Tri Dang, Clerk III”
Emanuel Chill “Rilke”
Joan Colby “Mere Man”
Joseph Green “Watching the Neighbors Load All Their Belongings Onto a U-Haul Trailer”
Jeff Gundy Two Poems
Mark Irwin Two Poems
Judith Kitchen Two Poems
Frannie Lindsay “Kites in Paradise”
Joel Lipman “Longtime Rossford Greenhouse Owner”
Denise Low “Small Two Landscape”
Sister Mary Lucina Two Poems
Richard Michelson “Reading the Advice Columns”
Gerald McCarthy “Susquehanna”
Laura Newton “Accident”
Jim Peterson “Alive and Well At the Camelback Inn”
Carlos Reyes “Bahia De Palma”
Judith Root Two Poems
Michael Spence “Fogged In”
Harriet Susskind “Sunday at Sunset Bay”
Jody Swilky Two Poems
Pamela Uschuk Two Poems
Adrienne Wolfert “In America”
Fred Wolven “Viewing Ernst’s Little Girls Set Out to Hunt The White Butterflies I Think Of My Daughters”

Articles
Terrance Doody “After Modernism”
Steven G. Kellman “The Great American Novel: 1938-83”
James Curry Robinson “Joiner as a Resurrection of the Hero in Contemporary Fiction”

What We’re Reading
The American Book of the Dead by Jim Barnes
D’Apres Tout: Poems by Jean Follain
Shrunken Planets by Robert Louthan
Breaking and Entering by Peter MaKuck
The Astonishment of Origins: French Sequences by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Culmination of a Career: James Wright’s THIS JOURNEY

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Fineline Competition

The Fineline Competition for Prose Poems, Short Shorts and Anything in Between

Our congratulations to Diane LeBlanc, whose piece “Possum” was selected by F. Dan Rzicznek as winner of the 2019 Fineline Competition!

Runner Up: Richard Garcia’s “San Francisco”

Honorable Mentions to: Cherie Hunter Day; Leonora Desar; Merridawn Duckler; Jeff Gundy; Nancy Ludmerer; Carmen Maldonado; Molly Reid. 

You can find these pieces and our other finalists in issue 40.1 of Mid-American Review.

The 2020 Fineline Competition is open!

First Prize: $1,000 and publication in MAR Volume XL, Number 1.
Ten finalists: Notation and possible publication

Final Judge: Sherrie Flick, author of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Whisky, etc. Her work has appeared in: Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Passages North and many others. 

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Contest is for previously unpublished work only—if the work has appeared in print or online, in any form or part, or under any title, or has been contracted for such, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. There is a 500-word limit for each poem or short. A $10 entry fee (payable online for online submissions, or check or money order made out to Mid-American Review for submissions by post) is required for each set of three prose poems/short short stories. Entry fees are non-refundable. All participants will receive Mid-American Review v. XL, no. 1, where the winners will be published. Submissions will not be returned. Manuscripts need not be left anonymous. Contest is open to all writers, except those associated with the judge or Mid-American Review, past or present. Our judge’s decision is final.

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