Issue No. 29

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Entrails | Fiction

I arrived at my aunt and uncle’s house in Colorado on a Sunday. Three days later, we slaughtered e...

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Dr. X | Nonfiction

The Center sent me to him and I happily went. This was during the time when I slept too much or not ...

From the Blog

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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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#TBT YA Literature

After reading BMR’s recent interview with Kristen-Paige Madonia, I started thinking about some of the young adult and children’s literature that I still cherish to this day. As Kristen-Paige said, there is something magical in young adult literature that is hard to find anywhere else. Here’s some of the fiction from my youth that I [...]

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Review: Before You Become Improbable by Nick DePascal

Full disclosure: Nick DePascal is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico’s creative writing MFA, through which the Blue Mesa Review is also produced. That being said, if you look for his debut collection of poetry Before You Become Improbable (West End Press 2014) through the university’s library, it isn’t there. What you will [...]

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Why YA? An Interview with Kristen-Paige Madonia

A slew of articles came out this summer both for and against Young Adult literature. We talked with YA author, Kristen-Paige Madonia about her perspective on YA, and why, ultimately, it can (and certainly does) hold value for readers of all ages. And the timing couldn’t be better. Yesterday the National Book Foundation announced the [...]

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Our Favorite Summer Reads

Here in New Mexico summer vacation has come to a crashing close. School started last week and we’re just settling into a new semester. In a moment of nostalgia, we put together a list of our favorite books from the summer. Enjoy! Jill Dehnert | Editor-in-Chief I know I’m a bit late to this party, [...]

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Introducing Rananim: An Online Writing Community

The staff of Blue Mesa Review is comprised of current creative writing MFA students from the University of New Mexico. One of the coolest things about our program is working for Blue Mesa Review. But another great thing that a lot of us get to do is work for the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, which [...]

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Review of Elegy on Kinderklavier

Arna Bontemps Hemenway thinks about story a lot—even for a fiction writer. His collection Elegy on Kinderklavier, published by Sarabande Books earlier this year, examines narrative in surprisingly self-aware ways. The characters in his collection are unafraid to explore the stories they tell themselves, and Hemenway is just as unafraid. Many of the stories in Kinderklavier [...]

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Another Cacophonous Summer

It’s not often I pick up a book of poetry and discover it’s a page-turner; poetry is enlivening, strange, wild, challenging, and often beautiful, but it doesn’t always compel me to move from one page to the next the way novels do. One With Others by C. D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press 2010) is an exception—I couldn’t [...]

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The Summer To-Do List

We all – at least those of us currently entrenched in academia – have one. The long, idealistic, and extremely optimistic list of all the things we’re going to accomplish over summer “break.” Some of us may just have bullet points, some Post-its or index cards, some use a planner or their smart phone, some [...]

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