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Uncomfortable Intimacies: Virginia Quarterly Review’s Summer 2018 Issue

There are many ways to tear a person apart, and the stories and poems within Virginia Quarterly Review’s Summer 2018 issue prod and poke at the external and internal causes. From Hannah Louise Poston’s nonfiction about a scandal in the beauty community to Kaveh Akbar’s poems that feed the unknown, the writers in this issue of VQR capture the unrest in our current American climate. Part of the appeal…

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Taking Back Agency: A Review of Tin House Magazine’s Poison Issue

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Tin House’s poison-themed issue addresses the uncomfortable and toxic times we live in. In this collection, many of the stories, essays, and poems show the struggles women face and the ways they take back agency of their own bodies, making Tin House‘s Fall 2018 issue more important than ever in America’s current political climate. In her essay “Intrusions,” Melissa Febos recounts…

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Raw and Humorous Realities: A Review of Taddle Creek (Summer, 2018)

Taddle Creek is a semiannual Toronto, Canada-based literary magazine that proudly proclaims itself as “an odd mix, to be sure, which is why Taddle Creek refers to itself somewhat oddly as a ‘general-interest literary magazine.’” This description could not be more accurate. The magazine’s Summer, 2018 issue reveals a hodgepodge of content, including fiction, poetry, cooking recipes, comics, and historically-educating essays. The raw humor throughout the summer issue is…

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2019 Pushcart and Best Small Fictions Nominations

Portland Review is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize and the 2019 Best Small Fictions anthology. A very warm congratulations to our contributors! Nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize: Dani Burlison, “How to Spend the Weekend with a Man Who Doesn’t Love You” Christopher Coake, “Getaway” Molly Gutman, “You and the Clarinetist” Christine Kitano, “Denim” Penny Newell, “Chopping Wood for Mum Because…

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Finding Me in You: A Review of Poetry Magazine, September 2018

Poetry Magazine’s September 2018 issue is a collection of poems that speak strongly to the ideas of space and identity and the ways these two concepts are interconnected. Whether traditional or experimental in form, the poems in Poetry’s September 2018 issue explore the complexity of human relationships, addressing relatable and long-asked questions regarding one’s identity in relation to the self, to others, and to broader…

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