CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TSR SHORT SHORT FICTION PRIZE WINNERS!
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.
TSR Contributor Martin Ott's Third Poetry Collection Will Be Published on June 1st
“New Old” Tara Isabel Zambrano
"Once the Downs Empty” Annie Raab
”Muscle” Karen Smyte
The winning entries will be published in the Winter/Spring 2019 issue.
TSR Contributor John Stintzi Has a New Chapbook
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.
The Machete Tourist by John Stintzi is a "chapbook of poetry from knife | fork | book about mental health, identity, gender, love, and everything in-between."
You can read more about The Machete Tourist on Stintzi's website, johnstintzi.com.
© Lynda Koolish
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.
TSR In The News
Announcing the 2018 Short Short Fiction Prize Winners
"The Strip Club"
"On the Street Corner"
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 Marriage. The 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.
TSR contributor Nausheen Eusuf's debut collection of poetry, Not Elegy, But Eros, has just been published by NYQ Books!
Read one of Nausheen's poems, "At my uncle's hacienda," which we recently published on TSR Online.
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.
The 10th Anniversary Issue
The Summer/Fall 2017 issue of TSR is packed with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, art, photography, cartoon, and a special #WriteOurDemocracy section.
We're thrilled to announce that "Taut Rhythmic Surfaces" by George Saunders has been chosen for publication in the 2018 edition of the Pushcart Prizes.
"Taut Rhythmic Surfaces" originally appeared in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.
Read an excerpt here.