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Issue 11

Interviews/Features: Jacob Appel, Joy Castro, Yago S. Cura, Campbell McGrath, and Jason Smith. Visual Art by Mia Avramut, Hayli England, Janne Karlsson, Iryna Lialko, and Richard Vyse. Fiction by Chris Campanioni, Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, James Holbert, Warren Read, and Jonah Smith-Bartlett. Nonfiction by Michael Milburn and Christina Fulton. Poetry by Dylan Debelis, Jenifer DeBellis, Jonathan Duckworth, Alison Hicks, Tricia Knoll, Rebecca Macijeski, and Joan Mazza. INTERVIEWS / FEATURES Joy Castro: How Winter Began Campbell McGrath: XX: Poems for the Twentieth … [Read More...]


Joy Castro: How Winter Began

Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Hell or High Water and Nearer Home and two memoirs, The Truth Book and Island of Bones. Her work has appeared in magazines including Fourth Genre, North American Review, Afro-Hispanic Review, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and editor of the anthology Family Trouble, she teaches creative writing, … [Read More...]


XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century: An Interview

Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, Florida Poems, Seven Notebooks, and most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012.  He has received many of America’s major literary prizes for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, a USA Knight Fellowship, and a Witter-Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic and on the op-ed page of the New York Times, as well as in scores of literary reviews and … [Read More...]


A Bitter-Sweet Story of Recovery: An Interview with Jason Smith

Jason Smith is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. His work has been published extensively in both online and print media. Smith is heavily involved in the recovery community in Northern California, where he frequently shares his experience, strength, and hope in getting out of the hell that is addiction. He is a frequent speaker at the California Medical Board and California Board of Pharmacy. Smith is currently the Creative Director of The Real Edition.com, an online community for people who’ve struggled with addiction, and their loved ones, to tell their stories and share … [Read More...]


Book Review: Einstein’s Beach House

EINSTEIN’S BEACH HOUSE BY JACOB M. APPEL Pressgang, 2014 179 pages ISBN 978-0-9849405-8-5 Review by Justin Bendell A mentally unstable couple adopts a hedgehog. A woman and her new beau kidnap her ex-husband’s tortoise. A mother has an affair with the father of her daughter’s imaginary friend. In the eight stories that comprise Jacob M. Appel’s impressive new collection, Einstein’s Beach House (Pressgang, 2014), the difficulties of love—in the wake of infidelity, mental illness, and second-guessing—are brought into sharp focus. Appel is an essayist, novelist, short story … [Read More...]


Yago S. Cura: An Interview

For many, American journalist James Foley—slain by ISIS in August 2014—is  a news item: an unfortunate yet abstract victim of  the crossfire in the Middle East. But for poet Yago S. Cura, and others, he was a friend, a classmate and a mentor. During James Foley’s captivity, Cura often reminded his friends on Facebook  to ‘Remember Foley.’ Months after Foley’s public death, Cura started a KickStarter campaign to fund the publication of Ghazals for Foley on Hinchas Press. Yaddyra Peralta interviewed Yago S. Cura about his circuitous journey as a poet, librarian, teacher, blogger, and … [Read More...]

James Foley

Yago S. Cura/Ghazals for James Foley

A video released by ISIS showed the beheading of American journalist and poet James Foley, who disappeared in November 2012 in Syria. As a tribute to Foley, Hinchas Press is publishing Ghazals for Foley. The collection is curated by Argentine-American poet Yago S. Cura who was a personal friend of Foley. The following poems are from the collection. *** Ghazal for a Tall Boy From New Hampshire by Martín Espada For Jim Foley, journalist executed on video by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), August 19, 2014 The reporters called and asked me: Did you know him? I was his … [Read More...]

Issue 11 Interviews


Jason Smith is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. His work has been published extensively in both online and print media. Smith is heavily involved in the recovery community in Northern California, where he frequently shares his experience, strength, and hope in getting out of the … [Read More...]

Books We Love this Fall

Silver dreams

We highly recommend Einstein's Beach House (short stories) by Jacob M. Appel. We also like Joy Castro's How Winter Began (short stories). We're also big fans of Campbell McGrath's XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century (poems). … [Read More...]

Campbell McGrath: Poems


EASTER, 1916 A terrible beauty is born. Just before sunrise on February 21st bombardments for the German attack at Verdun commence; two million shells are fired in five days; death is a grinding down of obdurate surfaces, a pulverization of will, a blind slaughter by distant artillery of helpless men huddled in freezing mud. Death […]

All That Glitters: Sliver of Stone Nonfiction


AVAILABLE NOW! Fresh, fierce, and enlightening, All That Glitters is a find. The talented nonfiction writers in this collection invite us along on the complicated, sometimes scary, but irresistible pursuit of truth. —Lynne Barrett, author of Magpies and The Secret Names of Women Sliver of Stone magazine presents its first volume of collected nonfiction. From the mouth of a Seattle whale to a Nordstrom’s swimsuit department, from an Idaho fundamentalist church to a fathomless Florida lake, the fifteen stories in ALL THAT GLITTERS recount lives and identities unsettled by impending doom. Also included are four … [Read More...]


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