Issue No. 32

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The Safe Side | Nonfiction

Plenty of patients walk out of our hospitals, clinics, and offices with their diseases under control...

From the Blog

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Happy New Year!

Sorry for the radio silence. The BMR crew all went into hibernation over the holiday, which really isn’t what you might think. We were reading, writing, planning, and resting up for a new semester which is now in full swing. Suddenly, we look around and January 1 is 25 days in the past. However, it’s [...]

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Issue No. 32 Letter From the Editor

For the last few weeks, the Blue Mesa Review team has been working tirelessly on Issue 32. We have spent late nights copyediting and scrolling through art for paintings or drawings that would pair well with the words we’ve already selected. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time contemplating my introduction to this issue. [...]

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Citizen While Black

Literature, politics, race, and viral Internet images came together last week in an important way. Many have seen the pictures and video of Johari Osayi Idusuyi, a black woman, being rebuked by white audience members for reading during an Illinois rally for presidential candidate, Donald Trump. She defiantly rejected their demands and remained steadfast with [...]

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Debra Monroe Educates Us Unsentimentally

The allure of memoir is that it’s part voyeurism and part cheerleader. The reader is fascinated with the writer’s journey through the seemingly un-navigable; trusting, of course, that the events of the memoir are related fairly and accurately along the way. Memoir is a dicey genre for that reason: it treads the treacherous territory of [...]

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Five Signs Your Man is Living a Secret Literary Life

So, he tells you he doesn’t like to read, and you believe him. Then, the tingles begin. Ever suspect your man is cheating with Chaucer? Sneaking around with Shakespeare? Dallying with Diaz? Here are 5 signs your man may be living a secret literary life. 1. He accidentally uses SAT-style vocabulary words in regular conversation. [...]

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ANNOUNCING: The Blue Mesa Review Summer 2015 Contest Winners!

Drum Roll Please….here are the winners of the 2015 Summer Writing Contest! FICTION WINNERS, judged by Antonya Nelson: First Place: “What We Are Doesn’t Have a Name Yet” by Ellen Scheuermann Antonya said: “This piece admirably introduces and marries two unfamiliar worlds — the military and the fringe religious — in a fascinating series of [...]

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The Gateway Drug to Writing

If there is any truth to the stereotype of MFA program snobbery, I may be ostracized from mine for admitting this, but here it goes. I did not come to writing from a love of books. There, I said it. I was not the teen huddled under the blanket with a flashlight and a copy [...]

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Poetry Slam and Academia: Mutual or Mutually Exclusive?

I won my first poetry slam in January of 2011. I was sixteen and for the next three days I felt like a warrior princess. I was a champion of words, and for the first time ever high school couldn’t keep me down. I spent about six years flirting with Albuquerque’s poetry slam community. I [...]

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