issue number 23

Front Porch Journal
December 2013





welcome to our latest issue of Front Porch, featuring fiction from Alex M. Frankel, Carol Guess, and Kelly Magee, poetry from Gary L. McDowell, Chris Haven, Ciara Shuttleworth, and Michelle Donahue, and nonfiction from Anthony J. Mohr and Emily Eddins. Also in this issue, new interviews with John Dufresne, Kiki Petrosino, Nelly Reifler, and Jillian Weise, as well as video Q&A sessions with Karen Russell and Justin Torres. Pull up a rocking chair, relax, and feel welcome to lounge on our porch as long as you'd like

—Jeremy Garrett, Managing Editor


Fiction

Alex M. Frankel - Flame at Door and Raisin
Carol Guess and Kelly Magee - With Snakes

Poetry

Michelle Donahue - Musings on Antigua I & II
Chris Haven - Flannery at Lourdes
Gary L. McDowell - Doxology
Ciara Shuttleworth - Lilith

Nonfiction

Emily Eddins - Dead or Alive?
Anthony J. Mohr - A Very Pretty Girl

Interviews

Pill Mills In Paradise: An Interview with John Dufresne
Going Down To the Body: An Interview with Kiki Petrosino
How To Plan Your Own Abduction: An Interview with Nelly Reifler
Poems Over Parties: An Interview with Jillian Weise

Book Reviews

The Inside of an Apple by Joshua Beckman, Reviewed by Sara Lupita Olivares
Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe by Noam Chomsky and Laray Polk, Reviewed by Graeme Mullen
X Marks the Dress: A Registry by Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess, Reviewed by Laura Drell
The Kind of Girl by Kim Henderson, Reviewed by Chelsea Campbell
Taipei by Tao Lin, Reviewed by Kamron Mehrinfar
The Skin Team by Jordaan Mason, Reviewed by Jeremy Bauer
Sidewalk Dancing by Letitia Moffitt, Reviewed by Mike Pitoniak
Herself When She’s Missing by Sarah Terez Rosenblum, Reviewed by Cristina Chopalli
The End of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Reviewed by M. Perna

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.



Karen Russell Q&A from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Karen Russell answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.



Justin Torres Q&A from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Justin Torres answers questions at the Witliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.



Elissa Schappel Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Fiction writer Elissa Schappel reads in the Wittliff Gallery at Texas State University in San Marcos.



Michael Dickman Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Michael Dickman reads his work at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas.


Mihaela Moscaliuc Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Mihaela Moscaliuc reads in the Wittliff Gallery at Texas State University in San Marcos.



George Saunders Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

George Saunders reads his work at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas.





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Executive Editor
Tom Grimes

Managing Editor
Jeremy Garrett

Co-Managing Editor
Jeremy Bauer

Poetry Editor
Dana Sprayberry-Thompson

Fiction Editor
Chelsea Campbell

Nonfiction Editor
Sean Rose

Webmaster
Aaron M. Fortkamp

Copy Editor
Reyes Ramirez

Interview Editor
Ben Seanor

Media Editor
Jessica Martin

Public Relations Manager
Jennifer Whalen

Book Review Editor
Jane Hawley

Readers
Cristina Chopalli
Laura Drell
Michael Kaufmann-Lynch
Stephen McIlhon
Kamron Mehrinfar
Graeme Mullen
Sara Olivares
Mary Perna
Danny Peters
Michael Pitoniak

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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