I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I shared something to read here.
Okay, actually I can believe it. This little blog is quite neglected.
But, I’ve been saving up tons of stories I’ve found online to share, so I’m going to get the “Go Read Something!” train a-movin’ again.
Right out of the gate, I wanted to start strong, so I’m sharing CJ Hauser’s story “Bangana,” which won the Fall 2014 Narrative magazine contest. It’s a bit longer than most stories I’ve shared here, but well worth the read. Enjoy!
Note: You do have to sign up on the Narrative site to read the entire story, but sign up is free and you can elect not to receive emails from them.
Last week I shared an essay from “Fringe” magazine which ceased publication in 2014. This week, I’ve got something from “Pank” which (shockingly and sadly) will stop publishing new work online this year, and their last print issue will be spring 2016. I’ve read “Pank” for years and am incredibly sad to see them go, but I know the fabulous folks who adorn their masthead will carry on in their amazing work in the world of writing.
Go read all kinds of things from “Pank” in their final year. But maybe start with Kara Vernor’s “Four Hands.”
**UPDATE: Pank did not stop publishing after all. I learned that they’d be staying open not long after this post but forgot to mention until now. They’re still there! Go read more from them!
It seems like many lit mags are shuttering their (proverbial) doors and turning out their (online) lights. Although new ones are popping up all the time, it’s still sad when somewhere you loved is no longer publishing new work.
Like “Fringe,” which stopped production (I believe) last year. BUT, on the bright side, their website remains open and functional and accessible, leaving open the door to all their wonderful offerings from the past.
One great example? “Self-Portrait in Apologies” by Sarah Einstein. Go read it!
Back by popular demand. Or … just demand. Or … just back.
It’s been a loooong time since I posted a Go Read Something, and I’ve got oodles of stories and poems and essays that I’ve gathered to share! I’ve just been slacking on posting them because … life.
I’m trying to get back on track, so please enjoy!
For this week’s return to “Go Read Something!” please enjoy Rebecca McKanna’s “A Chain of Tiny Disasters” from “Narrative” magazine.
I know last week’s post wasn’t “easy” reading. This week won’t be either.
Go read Patricia Lockwood’s “The Rape Joke” published by The Awl.
This piece of non-fiction is longer than my normal recommendations, but damn does she get to the heart of an impossible relationship. Abuse is ugly, but she writes about it beautifully.
Go read “It Will Look Like a Sunset” by Kelly Sundberg, published in Guernica.
I know I’ve posted a link to Kathy Fish’s work before. She really is adept at the flash fiction form. She’s nailed it time and time again, and this one is no exception.
Go read Kathy Fish’s “Strings” published by New World Writing.
I read a lot of emotional writing. It just tends to be what I gravitate toward. I like authentic characters in unique situations that are just strange and messy enough to feel real.
This story is a perfect example of this.
Go read Leesa Cross-Smith’s “Whiskey & Ribbons” published by Carve magazine.
Go read “Milk” by Steve Edwards, published by Whiskeypaper.
Go read “Prescott, Presley, Preston” by Matt Bell, published by jmww.