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10 Questions for Katie Willingham

- By Edward Clifford

"Crack in the mug the wine seeps into,
            a pink vein. How close it all feels.
How close to the firehouse, how far
           From home. You bring the pumps
And I'll bring the glitter, but no one's willing
          To make the first sound..."

from “Impermeable Material Suit," Summer 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The oldest poems still in my possession go back to seventh grade and it appears, at the time, I saw fit to organize them in folders by theme: bitterness, family, friendship,...


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10 Questions for Max Berwald

- By Sarah Lofstrom

"Panic tightened Jean's throat. Apple's face had become the final hold–out, drifting somewhere about her chest. Her shoulders were sloping particularly the left, which hung nearer and nearer the floor. Everywhere drops were swelling, and every so often one would become too heavy and fall to the carpet. She seemed, by will, able to keep these drops somewhat slower and steadier in the falling than they might otherwise be, and even capable of sucking them back in. But the trend was clear." —from “The Melting Children,” Summer 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
There was an early story about two ants that leave their colony. They encounter earwigs that try to kill them. The...


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10 Questions for Rebecca Foust

- By Edward Clifford

"When Iggy moved now, she shimmered in red, blue, and yellow pixels melding into an overall impression of green. And she was always moving, pacing the cage from end to end. She resisted being picked up, struggling and thrashing her tail. The boy could not help being afriad, but his love only grew along with the iguana as if, like the procession of tanks, it could expand indefinitely to hold them both."
from “Iguana Iguana,” Summer 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
Well, there was “Lucky the Leprechaun” in second grade, very bad, and then a review for The Altoona Mirror in sixth grade, not much better. I’ve written poems since I was taught to hold a...


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10 Questions for Charles Swift

- By Sarah Lofstrom

Alan pulled up in his new car, watching his father hunched over near the curb, grateful the old man had some pants on. His father was sitting on a stack of boxes put out for the garbage truck, looking at a yel¬lowed copy of the local newspaper, making sure no one could get near the boxes before they got hauled off." -From "Boxes" Summer 2018 (Volume 59 Issue 2) 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote. 
The White Knight Versus the Black Knight. I was about eight-years-old. Cranked it out on my parents’ ancient Underwood typewriter by typing in each quadrant of a page, four pages thick with three sheets of carbon paper in between (no photocopiers in the mid-sixties), then cutting the pages and stapling them...


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10 Questions for Andy Sia

- By Edward Clifford

“Once a security guard caught me practicing my art
in the nearby park. He instructed me to stop my obscene
driveling. I paid him no heed, sent a bubble towards him
like a free-spirited man in a parachute. He was
unmoved. I lose hope, sometimes. I grow weary…”
from “At age 10, I showcase my ability by blowing spit bubbles,” Summer 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I began writing poems in high school, and I still remember the first poem I wrote. It came about after a long drive home alone one night. It was late and I’d not taken this route before, and the quiet road glowed orange and stretched on and on like a dream. When I got home, without...


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