Issue No. 30

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Hilde | Nonfiction

My dead friend Hilde was a pathological liar. I have two dead friends who haunt me, both of whom die...

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Vox Clamantis | Fiction

  When Johnny told me his mother was dying, really dying, I didn’t know at first what he mean...

From the Blog

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Issue No. 30: Letter from the Editor

The story of Blue Mesa Review is an interesting one. I’m sure that is true for any literary magazine, any arts publication, or really any venue or outlet for the arts out there. So I won’t talk about that history here. Rather, I’ll talk about who we are now. Blue Mesa Review is a labor [...]

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After You Become Improbable: Catching up with Nick DePascal

Since he last appeared in this space, Nick DePascal has been moving up in the world. Just a year and a half ago he held the post of Blue Mesa Review Associate Editor while finishing up his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico. Fast-forward 18 months and he’s [...]

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Four Brilliant Book Covers

I knew that in order to win the heart of Airman First Class Frances Green, I’d have to appear bookish, for she often spoke fondly of books as heavy and dense as cinder blocks. A plan formed, and was carried out: I went to the base library and borrowed Naked Lunch. You know, the bright [...]

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Happy Holidays from Dysfunctional Literary Families

The holidays are coming up, and if you need a reminder that maybe, just maybe, your family isn’t the most dysfunctional one on earth, revisit these novels. Warning: contains spoilers! 1. We the Animals by Justin Torres Three brothers endure a bleak childhood, entertaining each other while their parents endlessly fight, building kites out of trash, [...]

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The Top Five Dogs for Poets

5. Irish wolfhound Because you need a dance partner when you go to all your friends’ weddings and you’re still single and looking for a job. Besides, you also need someone to carry your owl if and when you’re actually dancing with other humans, or when you’re not at Hogwarts. 4. French bulldog Because the [...]

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Announcing the 2014 Fiction Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce our 2014 Fiction Contest Winners. Thank you for you patience with the unexpected delay. Fiction judge Roxane Gay has selected the following short stories: 1st Place: “Vox Clamantis” by Jennifer Down “Everything falls apart while a broken couple pretends to still be together for a dying mother. As Johnny and Abby try [...]

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Four Outrageous Characters from John Waters’s New Memoir Carsick

John Waters is known in the film world as the Sultan of Schlock, the ever-so-influential Pope of Trash. With his infamous acting troupe the Dreamlanders, Waters splattered filth and camp on movie screens all over America throughout his 50+ year career, giving rise to many midnight movie cults. However, in recent years, Waters has turned [...]

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Top 5 Genre Bending Works

The following five works have redefined the parameters of literary fiction, borrowing the lenses of disparate genres to evaluate and illuminate the human condition. All this while sidestepping the stamp of genre-fiction. 1. Jonathon Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn  Lethem’s lauded Motherless Brooklyn imbues classic noir fodder with the kind of rich introspection one might expect from [...]

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Announcing Our 2014 Poetry Contest Winners

It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to announce our 2014 Poetry Contest Winners. Poetry judge Carmen Giménez Smith has selected the following poems: 1st Place: “Half-Elegy for My Mother’s Voice” by Sara Borjas “This is a classic elegy dense with sparkling imagery. The poem packs a powerful emotional punch, but is also generous [...]

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