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IN THE EDITORS’ preface to Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers (1974), Frank Chin, Jeffrey Paul Chan, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Shawn Wong issued a provocative “shot across the bows” aimed at the U.S. literary canon. (The titular use of the hyphen in “Asian American” in Aiiieeeee! reflects a contemporaneous, mid-twentieth century usage.) Noting that Asian American authors had been “long ignored and forcibly excluded from creative participation in American culture,” Chin, Chan, Inada, and Wong stressed that Aiiieeeee! was the product of “fifty years of our whole voice.” Accessing the racist stereotype of a “yellow man as something that [sic] when wounded, sad, or angry, or swearing, or wondering whined, shouted, or screamed ‘aiiieeeee!’” the anthology’s editors were very much products of a mid-century civil rights movement marked by calls for increased cultural...

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Massachusetts Reviews: Sadakichi Hartmann, Collected Poems, 1886-1944

- By Edward Moran

SADAKICHI HARTMANN: COLLECTED POEMS, 1886-1944, edited by Floyd Cheung, Little Island Press, 2017.

Despite approving nods from Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. Karl Sadakichi Hartmann (1867-1944) remains one of the most eccentric—some say, dilettantish—figures in American literature. In that crepuscular, liminal era between Victorianism and Modernism, Hartmann held court as the quintessential jack-of-all-trades: a poet, a playwright, an art critic, a pioneering photography critic, a newspaper reporter, a proto-beatnik/hippie (he was crowned King of the Bohemians in Greenwich Village exactly a century ago), silent-film extra (he appeared as the...

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10 Questions for John Baum

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“Devon is a fourth-grader in Guilford, Connecticut when he begins his work in Fairy Theory. The project for Language Arts grows way beyond the single-page, class presentation. He fills notebooks with ideas and stories and maps and fairy family trees. He learns to shut-up about his ideas because it is not wonder or admi­ration in his friends’ voices when he hears them say Devon actually believes that stuff. He keeps quiet for a long time past fourth grade.”
from “Everything is Fine”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I think my first...

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10 Questions for Mika Seifert

- By Abby MacGregor

"SHNIP! That’s all it takes these days. Just a little shnip. And it’s painless, too. If, that is, you decide to take the Zonex they offer you at orientation (and why wouldn’t you?). And if you opt for the blindfold, so much the better. The sight of the ShadeBlade can still put the fear of God in some people."
from "Only Light, All the Time", Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
This was one of those rare times when a story falls into your lap fully-formed. A friend told me about a girl she knew at the music school who had a...

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10 Questions for Laura Willwerth

- By Abby MacGregor

“Flory slept in and her family left without her. They were already standing with all the other families in her aunt’s front yard, sipping second coffees and cooking in the sun.”
from “Parade”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first thing I wrote that I didn’t delete started as a list of strange things my parents said in conversation. For years when I visited them, I’d be jumping up from the dinner table to grab a pen and record something odd they’d just said. Those quotes became most of the dialogue in my first story. I need...

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10 Questions for Dennis Finnell

- By Abby MacGregor

Just now the thing inside
the flowering beauty bush is mewling
as little ones do wanting warm milk
or having a cramp meaning no one loves them.
from “Walking her into the beautiful night”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first deliberately creative piece I recall writing was a story for a high school English class. A young man suddenly loses his memory but feels compelled to go to California. I was very pleased with it,...

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