Issue 16

Visual Art by Sandy Commer and Ashley Parker Owens. Nonfiction by Dawn Davies, John Lane, and Monica Restrepo. Poetry by Louisa Howerow, Tricia Knoll, Jen Rouse, John Schneider, Joanna M. Weston, Kimberly White, Martin Willitts, and Marilyn Windau. Fiction by Ben Leib, Denton Loving, and Norman Waksler. Comics with Wes Locher. Interviews with Dawn Davies, John Lane, and Wes Locher. New Publications: Chris Abbate, Geraldine Connolly, and Darren Demaree. VISUAL ART Sandy Commer: Acrylic Pour on Clayboard Ashley Parker Owens: Digital Painting INTERVIEWS Dawn Davies: The Extraordinary … [Read More...]

Wes Locher: Wacky, Irreverent, and Offbeat Sensibilities

Wes Locher (pronounced “Low-Curr” by non-telemarketers) has written comic books and videogames for myriad publishers and developers across the world. His past clients include Alterna Comics, Titan Comics, Markosia Enterprises, Arcana Studios, FableLabs, Pocket Gems Games, Based on the Play, PulseTense Games, and Nanobit Software. He'll sleep eventually. Wes was interviewed by editor Thomas Logan for Sliver of Stone. Thomas Logan: You’ve written several fan comic shorts, from TMNT, to Bucky O’Hare, to Battletoads. Why this affinity for the short form? Wes Locher: In addition to the … [Read More...]

The Extraordinary Ordinary: A Review of Mothers of Sparta and Interview with Dawn Davies

Elizabeth Strout, in a recent interview said, “Every life, if one could see into it enough, will prove to be extraordinary.”  Dawn Davies, in her debut essay collection Mothers of Sparta, A Memoir in Pieces, shows us this is true. Davies slices her life open and invites the reader in. In some ways it’s an ordinary life; a moved-around-too-much misfit child, a somewhat lost young adult, a mother in all its forms—single mom, soccer mom, mom of a child with profound challenges. But when she renders this life on the page, with her visceral prose, hilarious details, and courageous honesty, she … [Read More...]

Reaching Back to the Past: A Conversation with John Lane

If you like your literature ferociously earnest, your earth fiercely protected, and your authors unscripted, spirited, rascally and down-to-earth, then John Lane is about as likeable as they come. He is one of those exceedingly rare grown-ups who somehow managed to smuggle into adulthood all the imagination and inquisitiveness of childhood. Along with his wife, Betsy Teter, John is co-founder of the Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg, South Carolina – one of the integral forces behind the civic revival that has swept through the former textile mill community. Author of a dozen books, … [Read More...]

New Publications

We are very excited to announce that Sliver of Stone contributor Geraldine Connolly's new book of poetry, Aileron, is now available from Terrapin Books.  You can order a copy from Amazon (including a Kindle version). Geraldine Connolly's Aileron sensuously evokes the plenty of life—the "spiky chestnut grenade" of the buckeye tree, the "buttery sweetness" of the Seckel Pear—while moving through various landscapes, each precisely tuned to "this one small thing that lives along the road of my mind." Yet, amid these riches, a perspective of loss is ever present in "a landscape/ whose immanence … [Read More...]

The Extraordinary Ordinary: A Review of Mothers of Sparta and Interview with Dawn Davies

Elizabeth Strout, in a recent interview said, “Every life, if one could see into it enough, will prove to be extraordinary.”  Dawn Davies, in her debut essay collection Mothers of Sparta, A Memoir in Pieces, shows us this is true. Davies slices her life open and invites the reader in. In some ways it’s an ordinary life; a moved-around-too-much misfit child, a somewhat lost young adult, a mother in all its forms—single mom, soccer mom, mom of a … [Read More...]