Issue No. 31

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Really Living | Nonfiction

By now we’ve loaded three washing machines and need quarters for dryers. I feed bills into a slot ...

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Honolulu | Fiction

You’re all about proving me wrong, that laws are laws, facts are facts. Fact: what’s keeping me ...

From the Blog

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Top 5 Dead Sexiest Dead Writers

Forever a sexy profession, writers are not always the sexiest people.  This trend is well documented.  While you can’t judge a book by its author’s photo, you can certainly judge its author.  Look, who wants to read a book written by a freakin’ nerd?  We sifted through our stacks to bring you our picks for [...]

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Wine, Writing, and Being an Artist: A Writing Group

My hometown is Redlands, California, and I left it for the MFA program at The University of New Mexico. On my last night in Redlands, I was mugged 1.2 times. It was two separate events, but really each was a fraction of a full mugging. All you need to know is that during the first [...]

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Summer Must Reads: Latin@ Poets

Summer Must Reads: Latin@ Poets The Latin@ canon is vast, rich, and important because of how these writers uniquely explore their identities through themes of cultural inheritance, geographical location, and being multilingual. As these writers carve out their places, we see a wonderful diversity of voice, style, and continuous storytelling. My list of favorites is [...]

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The Mission of Creating a Writing Space

In his June 8 article for The New Yorker, “The Strange Rise of the Writer’s Space,” writer Evan Hughes introduces the concept of the “writer’s space,” a place where writers go to write that’s like an office – but not. The writer pays rent, and in return gets a desk, some common office facilities such [...]

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The Invaders: An Interview with Karolina Waclawiak

I have been a fan of Karolina Waclawiak’s work ever since her debut novel How to Get into the Twin Palms was published in 2012 and proceeded to rock my world with its rawness, desperation, and simultaneous hope. If it hasn’t already become clear, I read a lot of immigrant literature, but that isn’t the only [...]

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An Interview with Suzanne Richardson

I was very excited when the opportunity to interview Suzanne Richardson presented itself. Suzanne grew up in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Utica College in New York. Suzanne also served as Editor-in-Chief of our very own Blue Mesa Review from 2010-2012 while she was an MFA student in [...]

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Top 5 things to look for in an MFA program

So you’re a writer, eh?  You took every CRW class listed during undergrad—even won a couple hundred bucks in a University-wide fiction contest once upon a time.  Yet still, unfathomably, Harper’s won’t return your calls and The New Yorker thinks it’s too good to print that magically real story you wrote about your last break [...]

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Summer Suggestions: Memoir Turned Graphic Novel

Illustrations and narrative: the perfect reading combo beside the pool or under a shade tree during the lazy days of summer. We enjoyed them when we were kids (who doesn’t still love Dr. Seuss?), and the graphic novel is the adult version of this beloved pairing of mediums. A classification that straddles genre fences, the [...]

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The 2015 Summer Contest is Open!

It’s June 1st and that means our 2015 Summer Contest is now open for submissions! We are really excited for this year’s contest because for the first time we’re including nonfiction. You have until August 31st to get your best stories, essays, and poems submitted. Head over to our contest page to get the full [...]

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A Southwest Bookstore Road Trip

I love the chance to spend a few hours in an independent bookstore. The selection of books is always a testament to the store’s ownership, and the spaces that house the shelves are always cozy. I especially love how these stores bring communities together by hosting author readings and other events. This summer I want [...]

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