Issue 89, Summer 2015

Issue 89, Summer 2015


The Fiction Issue

This issue includes a selection of ten short stories by Jill McCorkle, Micah Stack, Antonya Nelson, Ramona Ausubel, David Means, Jayne Anne Phillips, Chris Drangle, Christine Schutt, April Ayers Lawson, and Nick Fuller Googins. The works were selected by guest-editor Jamie Quatro, who opens the issue with an introduction to the stories called “Asking for Directions.”

Plus essays by Will Blythe, Chris Offutt, Delaney Nolan; poetry by Davis McCombs; and more.

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Points South

Jamie Quatro goes looking for directions

Origin Stories, a story by Nick Fuller Googins

Three Friends in a Hammock, a story by April Ayers Lawson

Burst Pods, Gone-by, Tangled Aster, a story by Christine Schutt

Delaney Nolan listens to Chateau Poulet

Confessions, three stories by David Means

Untold Story, a story by Jayne Anne Phillips

Harrison Scott Key contemplates the F word

Keith O’Brien investigates a sinkhole

Common Ground, by Courtney Balestier

Randal O’Wain returns to Graceland Too


Poetry
by Davis McCombs

Of Thorns

Trundle

Liquid Assets

The Hill Itself


Features

SWINGER
a story by Jill McCorkle

MAKING LOVE
a story by Antonya Nelson

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO DATING IN SLOCOMB COUNTY
a story by Chris Drangle

THE G.R.I.E.F.
a story by Micah Stack

DO NOT SAVE THE FEROCIOUS, SAVE THE TENDER
a story by Ramona Ausubel

FIVE ENCOUNTERS WITH VEGETATION
by Will Blythe


Omnivore

THE METCALFIAD
Ben Metcalf’s sentences of feeling
by Wyatt Mason

Cooking with Chris:
MAKING THE WATER
by Chris Offutt


Art by  Isabel M. Martinez, Leanne Surfleet, Ben Couvillon, Jeffrey Whittle, John Baldessari, Tatum Shaw, Natalie Faye, Andre Petterson, Katie Kline, Michelle Arcila, Burk Uzzle, Wendy Given, Walker Pickering, David Bowman, Annie Wentzell, Galina Kurlat, Katherine Wolkoff, Tom Martin, Kehinde Wiley, Eleanor Davis, Bradley Castellanos, Bo Bartlett, Andrew Kodama

Cover: “Dock #1” © Isabel M. Martinez (2011), from the series Quantum Blink