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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

A literary journal so good it makes you drool

By Ken Brosky
I mentioned this in a previous post but I thought it might be worth mentioning again simply because it definitely is one of my favorite literary journals out there right now. Maybe it's the glossy cover, or the smooth, thick pages. Probably not. Maybe it's the fantastic cover design that never gets old no matter how many times I look at it. That's a possibility. But maybe it's the content...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Mystery author, poet, rug maker

By Ken Brosky
It's time to get to know another Wisconsin writer. Mary Logue writes both fiction and poetry, lives on both sides of the Mississippi and occasionally makes rugs. Yup, we writers always have an interesting hobby or two ready and waiting whenever the task of writing becomes too much. Mary Logue is best known for her Claire Watkins mystery series. The series centers around Watkins, a deputy ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

18 issues for $21

By Ken Brosky
I first heard about One Story a long time ago, when it was first starting out. The premise was simple: one story per issue, every three or so weeks, for a low price of just over a buck. To date, the stories publishing in One Story have been reprinted in The Best American ... series and the Puschcart Prize series, and even the O. Henry award. I really took a genuine interest after I read "Reason...
09.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Ken Brosky
If you're a fiction writer, you have a plethora of literary magazines you can submit your short story to, thanks in no small part to the explosion of quality zines online and in small presses. This is a good thing. A lot of these small press literary journals, both online and in print, showcase quality writing and are edited by some really, really good people. The problem, of course, is sus...
09.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Ken Brosky
So there's a spiffy little email making its way around the conservative circles, apparently "teaching" why Socialism doesn't work (although of course Socialism is a finicky little word, isn't it?). Apparently, it's a true story. It goes like this: An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class. ...
09.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Ken Brosky
I didn't know much about ASF (American Short Fiction, duh) until a classmate got one of her short stories published on the mag's Web site (you can read it here). It turned out this was the same short story I'd given her some critique on, so naturally I took most of the credit in its getting published. My classmate disagreed, rightly so, since she was the one who wrote it. But I've been keep...
09.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Ken Brosky
I don't think I really need to talk up Lorrie Moore at this point ... the New York Times book review section does enough of that. But she's from Wisconsin, and she's a great writer who finally just put out a new book called A Gate at the Stairs. For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to read anything by Moore, I managed to find a short story online that you can sink your teeth into. Here...
08.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Ken Brosky
Kudos to the Paris Review for getting on the Internet bandwagon. A little bit. But hey, it's a start, and the short story from their newest issue is a lot of fun to read. Here's a snippet of "Nightblooming" by Kenneth Calhoun: �I was told they found themselves retired and so they said, Now's finally the time to form a band! You should see the instruments they fished out of attics an...

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