Jona Colson's debut poetry collection, SAID THROUGH GLASS, available now!

TSR contributor Jona Colson’s poetry asks the reader to reconsider ordinary life as something curious, even fantastic. In a collection that illuminates both the public and private self, Colson leads us from grief to healing, giving voice to what normally goes unsaid. From fanciful, imaginary dialogues to sorrow over a father's death to a lyric sequence based on Velazquez' Las Meninas, in which the subjects of the famous painting speak, Colson shows himself to be a young poet of astonishing, apparently limitless range—sometimes whimsical, sometimes terrifying, but always contemplative, delicate, and wise.

Jona’s poem, “Snow,” appears in the Winter/Spring issue of TSR.

Twitter: @jcolson01 | jonacolson.com

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TSR Contributor Rae Gouirand publishes a new poetry collection!

Glass is Glass Water is Water (Spork Press, 2018) is a queer book of love and skepticism—of figuration, and of the tensions queer women inherit in their relationships to one another and to the culture in which they make their way. In it I hope to suggest something about what we might learn from moments of breakage and failures of resolution about our relationships to meaning itself. 

Rae Gouirand is the author of Open Winter (selected by Elaine Equi for the Bellday Prize for Poetry, Bellday Books, 2011) and Must Apple (selected by T.C. Tolbert for the Oro Fino Chapbook Award, Educe Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared recently in American Poetry ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, diode, Michigan Quarterly ReviewThe RumpusZYZZYVA, and many other journals and anthologies nationwide. She leads several longrunning workshops in poetry and prose in northern California and online, and lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis.

Purchase Glass is Glass Water is Water HERE.

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New Southampton Review Released With Emily Smith Gilbert At Helm

On November 16, the Winter/Spring 2019 edition of The Southampton Review was launched at an event at Stony Brook Southampton’s Manhattan Center for Creative Writing and Film.

When fans of the much-beloved publication get their hands on the new issue, they may notice that it comes with a slightly different look and feel than past editions. That’s because the highly regarded literary guide has a new editor-in-chief at the helm, Amagansett resident Emily Smith Gilbert, and, already, she has added her touch to the layout.

Read the full story HERE.

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The 2019 Pushcart Prizes are here...

…and Meg Wolitzer received a Special Mention for her story, “Deep Lies the Woods,” which first appeared in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of TSR.

Olabajo Dada’s story, “The Bar Beach Show,” from the same issue of TSR, is reprinted in full in the 2019 edition of the Pushcart Prizes.

Congratulations to Olabajo and Meg!

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Read an excerpt from NORA DECTER’s debut novel, HOW FAR WE GO AND HOW FAST, originally published in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of TSR.

Sixteen-year-old Jolene comes from a long line of Winnipeg lowlifes—but at least they’re musical lowlifes. Her mom is a tanning salon manager who believes she can channel her karaoke habit into a professional singing career. Jolene’s dad, a failed bass player, has fallen back on the family demolition business. (The company motto: “We do not build things, we only tear them down.”)

But Jolene and her older brother Matt are real musicians, and the songs they write together make everything Jo hates about her life—school, parents, her crappy hometown—matter less, if it matters at all.

When Matt up and leaves in the middle of the night, Jo loses her only friend, her band-mate, and the one person who made her cool. When it becomes clear that Matt is never coming back, Jo must use music to navigate her loss.

Buy the book here.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OLABAJO DADA ON HIS PUSHCART!

We're thrilled to announce that TSR Contributor Olabajo Dada's story "The Bar Beach Show" will be published in The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses (2019 Edition).

"The Bar Beach Show" originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of TSR. You can read it here

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TSR Contributor Martin Ott's Third Poetry Collection Will Be Published on June 1st

Lessons in Camouflage finds Sandeen- and De Novo Prize-winning author Martin Ott deeply exploring dark challenges and mysteries, revealing hidden reservoirs in his life, or lives, as interrogator and divorced father, as estranged son to a dying mother. Here is an unwavering eye cast on life’s turmoil: absence, fracture, pain, and death. Here is an ear attuned to language’s musicality, its rippling rhythms, its alternately joyous and elegiac song. Infused throughout is a determination to not merely survive but thrive, to evocatively interrogate life, to probe within and beyond its limits, to discover what, exactly, makes life worth living.

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TSR ANNOUNCES NEW POETRY EDITOR: CORNELIUS EADY

January 9, 2018

Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.

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TSR Announces New Fiction Editor: Amy Hempel

September 19, 2017

Amy Hempel is the author of four story collections, including Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the MarriageThe New York Times named The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of 2006. A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Guggenheim Fellow; and the recipient of the Hobson Award, a USA Fellowship grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, and the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary College. Hempel is a founding board member of the Deja Foundation, which offers direct assistance to dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in an effort to empower small rescue organizations to support sustainable adoptions.

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TSR in The Review Review

The Winter/Spring 2017 Issue of The Southampton Review is dedicated to “the visitation of the muse to writers and artists,” and it reads like a celebration of craft, rich in form.

Read the full review here.

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Congratulations to Alicia Mountain

Former TSR contributor Alicia Mountain's poetry debut, High Ground Coward, has been awarded the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize.

"Her voice is intimate, brash, always precise, heartbreaking in both its vulnerability and its authority. These poems are carried away by both lust and intelligence—this poet understand desire." —Brenda Shaughnessy, 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize Judge

Read three poems from High Ground Coward (Spring 2018, University of Iowa Press) that first appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of TSR here

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ANNOUNCING THE FRANK MCCOURT MEMOIR PRIZE WINNERS

"Delivering" by Suzy Vitello

"Sounds Kept in the Valley of the Tongue" by Sarah Cadorette

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