issue number 23

Front Porch Journal
May 2014





With spring upon us, we at Front Porch are excited to share with you an issue of blossoming talents and fresh beginnings. In fiction, an elderly man drives across the country with the wreck of his dead son’s Buick in tow, and a Census Taker makes an unlikely connection with the last citizen on her list.  In poetry, watch Baywatch with the sound off, write a ransom note to yourself, and find common ground on a bridge between ideological extremes. Also in this issue: interviews with Aimee Bender, Lily Hegnauer, and Wendy Xu, along with videos of readings and Q&As with Kevin Brockmeier, Olga Broumas, Christian Wiman, and Cristina García.

—Jeremy Garrett, Managing Editor


Fiction

Devin Murphy - Leaving Maine
Melissa Scholes Young - People Counting

Poetry

Laura Donnelly - In the field with the god
Amorak Huey - The Saboteur’s Grandfather
Peter Leight - Bridge
Muriel Nelson - Backlit / A Mutter to Self
Russ Woods - I was going through my things today when I found an avalanche down

Nonfiction

Tanya Chernov - Gradual Habituation
Bryan Fry - If You Find This

Interviews

You Eat What You Feel: An Interview with Aimee Bender
The Big Tent of Interiority: An Interview with Lilah Hegnauer
The Radical Act of Being a Better Person and Then Maybe Dying: An Interview with Wendy Xu

Book Reviews

Canticle of the Night Path by Jennifer Atkinson, Reviewed by Carter Mason Guthrie
Equivalents by Jessica Baran, Reviewed by Sara Lupita Olivares
Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro, Reviewed by Anabel Graff
In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place by Jessica Hollander, Reviewed by Dena Garcia
The Diegesis by Chas Hoppe and Joshua Young, Reviewed by Mike Kaufmann
Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce, Reviewed by Theresa Holden
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Reviewed by Cristina Chopalli
Dallas Noir by David Hale Smith, Ed., Reviewed by Kamron Mehrinfar
Still Life with Judas and Lightning by Dawn Diez Willis, Reviewed by Laura Drell

Videos

One of the major perks of pursuing an MFA at Texas State University in San Marcos is our continuing reading series featuring premiere poets, writers, and critics of the English langauge, owing in no small part to the Texas State English Department, The Lindsey Reading Series, and The Burdine Johnson Foundation. Below is just a sample of some of the readings, talks, and Q&As delivered by the wonderful guests who have recently visited us at the Wittliff Collections in the Alkek Library at Texas State University, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas. We hope you enjoy them. For more videos and sound recordings, please visit the Front Porch Audio/Video Archives.



Kevin Brockmeier Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Kevin Brockmeier reads his work at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas.



Kevin Brockmeier Q&A from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Kevin Brockmeier answers questions at the Witliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.



Olga Broumas Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Olga Broumas reads at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas.



Cristina García Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Cristina García reads in the Wittliff Gallery at Texas State University in San Marcos.


Christian Wiman Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Christian Wiman reads at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas.




Masthead


Executive Editor
Tom Grimes

Managing Editor
Jane Hawley

Co-Managing Editor
Reyes Ramirez

Poetry Editor
Jennifer Whalen

Fiction Editor
Stan Rivkin

Nonfiction Editor
Heather Lefebvre

Webmaster
Eric Blankenburg

Copy Editor
Sessa Kratz

Interview Editor
Amanda Scott

Public Relations Manager
Samantha Tanner

Book Review Editor
Mallory Chesser

Blog Editor
Josh Lopez

Assistant Blog Editor
Alicia Salzmann

Readers
Abby Ashford-Grooms
Lauren Bull
Elisabeth Garry
Katrina Goudey
Anabel Graff
Stephen Harmon
Gabriel Schnell
Benjamin Seanor
Casey Winters

Faculty Advisor
Steve Wilson

Founding Editors
Michael Hart
Evelyn Lauer
Josh Magnuson
Toby Peterson
Michael Wolfe

Advisory Board
Katie Angermeier
Ben Engel
Evelyn Lauer
Herpreet Singh

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