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Front Cover by Ward Schumaker, Hate Is What We Need, 2017. METHYLCELLULOSE AND ACRYLIC PIGMENT. Courtesy of the artist.

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"POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION has been moved to our Current Affairs section.” Written on a chalkboard outside the Bookloft bookstore in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning just after the last U. S. presidential election, Zazu Galdos-Schapiro’s witticism was instant meme material. Like all good jokes, her line flashed electric between id and insight, a short-circuit buzz that made us chuckle. A couple of years later, we’re no longer laughing, yet the challenge remains: if speculative fiction has indeed sublimated into document, critique, and analysis, well then, it’s high time to take it seriously. Peer publications like the Boston Review, with their “Global Dystopias” issue, have already begun such work; in these pages, the prose we publish offers a panoply of spec fic, mostly mixed blends of fantasy and sci-fi. Lit mags have a reputation for snobbery when it comes to genre, we know, but the best have always been interested in...

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by Gabriella Kurvilla, translated by Victoria Offredi Poletto and Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi

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“We are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest [...] the teachings of Thoreau are alive today, indeed, they are more alive today than ever before.”

—REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (MR 4.1, Autumn 1962)

From the Blog

10 Questions

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...

10 Questions

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...

10 Questions

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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10 Questions for Jill Maio

- By Abby MacGregor

“One at a time, the men emerged; their arms were dense with tattoos, earlobes deformed by gappers, noses pierced by silver rings. They looked, An­nie thought, like they’d given up on being human, had begun trans­forming themselves into whatever came next.”
—from “All Ink and Metal”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)


Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
Most early work is probably best forgotten. Although when I was six I wrote stories about a brilliant detective (who also happened to be a six-year-old girl) and I remember thinking they were very good.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way...


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- By Emily Wojcik

Join MR with a gift on #GivingTuesday!

Tuesday, November 27, is #GivingTuesday, a global day of philanthropy to support national and local nonprofits. We hope you'll give to the Massachusetts Review so we can continue to publish important voices from around the world.

Your support has made so much possible this year. You enable us to push boundaries, confront apathy, and promote diverse voices. This year, we were able to double...

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