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2020 Prose Competition Prizewinner Announced!

For our 2020 Prose Competition, please join is in congratulating and celebrating Sara Kachelman, whose prose piece “Friends of the Gyre” was nominated as our prizewinner by judge Jordan Kisner! You can read “Friends of the Gyre” TOMORROW when our Spring 2020 issue is released! And keep an eye out for an interview with Sara Kachelman herself, coming out very soon.

2020 Poetry Competition Prizewinner Announced!

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Bryn Evans, whose poem “Thotiana’s interlude, or Barbara Mason reconsiders settling down” was nominated as our 2020 Poetry Competition prizewinner by judge Robyn Schiff! Read this brilliant poet’s award-winning piece in our Spring 2020 issue being released TOMORROW! And keep your eyes peeled for an interview with the amazing Bryn Evans herself coming out in the next few days.

2020 Poetry Competition Second Runner Up!

Join us in congratulating Kirsten Ihns, whose poem “WATER LENS BAY DOG COUCH BUTTER MOTHER” was also nominated by judge Robyn Schiff as a runner up in The Columbia Review’s 2020 Poetry Competition! You can read “WATER LENS BAY DOG COUCH BUTTER MOTHER” below:


In Support of BLM: Organizations to Donate to

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: “Harlem’s beloved NYPL branch—a research institution, community center, and artistic stronghold dedicated to Black history and thought—dedicates itself as much to historical preservation of Black lives as to present and future activism.” –Ryan Daar The Loveland Foundation: “The Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance for Black women and girls in the U.S. to access mental health professionals and therapy sessions. It is committed to supporting the mental healing and wellbeing of Black women and girls: therapy sessions can cost anywhere from $80-$200, and Loveland works to ensure that recipients will…

2020 Poetry Competition Runner Up Announced!

Our heartiest congratulations to Sidney Eberly, whose poem “The Sidewalk Queen” has been announced as a runner up in The Columbia Review’s 2020 Poetry Competition by judge Robyn Schiff! You can read “The Sidewalk Queen” below: The Sidewalk QueenSidney Eberly2020 Poetry Prize Runner-up, selected by Robyn SchiffA carpet dawn of pink and red poppiesclogs the shower drain, the sink.It’s a hazardous everywhere and no meansof participation, fire or friendly, the dogasks if I lift my hind leg to piss everything away, will it sound pretty?Why not. A poet told me to never answera question asked in a poem, but insteadI…

Jake Skeets and Christopher Soto: On Literary Activism During Covid-19

Intro: Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and Christopher Soto is the editor of Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018). In this interview, they discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the Navajo Nation and how the pandemic intersects with…

Sunday Staff Picks: May 17th

Writers and Lovers by Lily King Writers and Lovers is Lily King’s latest book after the success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel, Euphoria. Her new novel follows 31-year-old Casey Peabody who copes with her mother’s sudden passing, heartbreak, and pursuing a writing career while drowning in debt. King’s first-person narration gives us a direct gaze into Casey’s thoughts which reveals her constant uncertainties and very real anxieties. Despite all that seems to be going badly for her, Casey never ceases to point out the humor and absurdity in everything. Writers and Lovers is full of little truisms delivered…

Sunday Staff Picks: May 10th

Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell is not the book you’re expecting—but unquestionably the book we all need during the seismic shift of COVID-19. Throughout, you follow the conversational meditations of this worried yet apprehensively optimistic author as he goes through the same mental loops I’ve felt…

Sunday Staff Picks: May 3rd

Temporary by Hilary Leichter “I have a shorthand kind of career,” confesses the protagonist of Temporary, Hilary Leichter’s zippy debut novel. This confession is true, as it turns out, in a delightfully unconventional way. A temp at “an uptown pleasure dome of powdered women in sensible shoes,” Leichter’s unnamed protagonist is sent out to fulfill…