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Supplementary materials for teaching Issue 08 are listed below.
Listen to Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker discuss The Common, the role of place in literature, and the editorial process.
Brian Sholis and S. Tremaine Nelson discuss the American West, beauty and destruction, and the similarities between fiction and photography. Sholis’s essay “Our Poor Perishable World” appears in Issue 08.
- Gerry LaFemina reads “Caged Bird Society” and “Heroin Chic.”
- Maceo J. Whitaker reads “Wordsworth in Poughkeepsie.”
- Larissa Shmailo reads “Phylum.”
- Elizabeth Metzger reads “Starving the Mustangs.”
- John Matthis reads “Postcolonial Chicken.”
- Sylvie Durbec reads “A Little Man” and the original French version of “Yes or Know?”
- Elizabeth Hazen reads “Burial At Shanidar.”
- R. A. Villanueva reads “Epithalamion, Memorial Day.”
Contributors in Conversation
- Jonathan Moody and Sarah Smarsh discuss Moody’s poem “Dear 2Pac” and Smarsh’s essay “Death of the Farm Family.”
- Daniel Tobin and R. A. Villanueva discuss Tobin’s poem “The Origamist” and Villanueva’s poem “Pareidolia.”
- Ishion Hutchinson and Jonathan Gerhardson discuss Hutchinson’s poems “Vers de Société” and “Trouble on the Road Again” and Gerhardson’s poem “Shy Mother.”
- Terese Svoboda and Ralph Sneeden discuss Svoboda’s story “Dutch Joe” and Sneeden’s essay “Stepping Off.”
- Antonio Monda and Ian Bassingthwaighte discuss their stories “Am I Speaking to Hyman Roth?” and “Reichelt’s Parachute.”
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