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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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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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part V)

This post is the fifth and final part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. A couple of weeks ago my dad returned from a vacation complaining about the book he’d [...]

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Yes, I’m in an MFA Program.

I spent the past week working at the 16th annual Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. It was my second time attending the Conference—I’m lucky enough to be the Graduate Assistant for the TSWC—and this time around I was better prepared to take advantage of my time in Taos. A perk of working the Conference is that [...]

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part IV)

This post is the fourth part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. The life of an MFA student goes something like this: “Here, read this.” “No, read that.” “No, wait—read [...]

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part III)

This post is the third part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. If you Google “book recommendation engines,” you get a Google-typical 26.9 million results (in 0.25 seconds, no less). [...]

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