From The Attic: Charles D'Ambrosio's "Seattle, 1974."

In anticipation of the publication of Charles D’Ambrosio’s Loitering, Front Porch is pleased to feature “Seattle, 1974” which was originally published in Issue 10 and will appear as the first essay in Ambrosio’s upcoming essay collection. We're looking forward to the release of the full collection and hope you’ll enjoy “Seattle, 1974” as much as we did when the essay first appeared here.

[Read the full essay here]

After you've read the essay, check out Narrative's video of Charles D'Ambrosio reading, "Screenwriter," a short story in which a disillusioned Hollywood screenwriter finds himself in the psychiatric ward of a New York City hospital, sharing cigarettes with a troubled young ballerina and which was first published in The New Yorker and later appeared in the The Best American Short Stories 2004.


If you don’t have a Narrative subscription, simply set one up — it’s free — and then watch the video.

issue number 23

Front Porch Journal
August 2014

In An International Episode, Henry James writes, “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Summer may be ending, but Front Porch’s Issue 27 has just arrived. We hope you’ll enjoy your final summer afternoons with the work of a talented group of freewheeling, unflinchingly honest, and imaginative writers featured within this issue.

In fiction, you'll discover two sisters conjuring up the dead as they run a shop named ‘Wings of Isis New Age Gifts.’ In poetry, listen to a woman record her brainwaves for NASA’s Voyager Golden Record, intended to communicate a story of our world through sounds and images to extraterrestrials. Our creative nonfiction includes an excerpt from Wendy C. Ortiz’s recently released Excavation: A Memoir, which chronicles the author’s complicated sexual relationship with her 8th grade teacher.

In addition, enjoy print and video interviews with poet Victoria Chang, Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, and Writespace founder Elizabeth White. Also featured are quality reviews of Bianca Stone’s Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Marjory Wentworth’s New and Selected Poems, Ethel Rohan’s Goodnight Nobody, and Chloe Honum’s The Tulip-Flame. Finally, Issue 27 boasts exclusive videos of Etgar Keret, Kazim Ali, and Sergio de la Pava reading from their work and discussing the craft of writing.

—Jane Hawley and Reyes Ramirez, Managing Editor and Co-Managing Editor


Katherine L. Hester- Bubble
Sarah Kokernot - Wings of Isis New Age Gifts And More


Rachel Mindell - YearsOneTwo and Dimension
Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco - Learning to Downhill Ski, By the House, and Hegenberger Road
Emily Carr - State of Grace
Mackenzie Jarvis - Patchwork, When the Earth Eats the Trees, and Through the Shutters
Alyse Knorr - Jane records her brainwaves for NASA’s Voyager Golden Record, 1977 and Jane and Then-Jane dance in their bodies
Dillon J. Welch - Poem in Which We Are Built from the Wrong Parts and Poem in Which Things Happen Much Too Soon


Wendy C. Ortiz - September 1986
Amber Paulen - The Spinster of Atrani


Pledging Allegiance to the Question: An Interview with Victoria Chang
The Stranger Is My Father: An Interview with Antonio Skármeta
Freedom of Space: An Interview with Elizabeth White–Olsen

Book Reviews

Someone Else’s Wedding Vows by Bianca Stone, Reviewed by Abigail Ashford-Grooms
The Tulip-Flame by Chloe Honum, Reviewed by Daniel Barton
New and Selected Poems by Marjory Wentworth, Reviewed by Dorothy Lawrenson
Goodnight Nobody by Ethel Rohan, Reviewed by Amanda Scott


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 language, 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.

Etgar Keret Reading and Q&A from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Etgar Keret reads his work and answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Kazim Ali Q&A from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Kazim Ali answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Sergio de la Pava Q&A from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Sergio de la Pava answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Sergio de la Pava Reading from Front Porch on Vimeo.

Sergio de la Pava reads his work at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.


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

Eric Blankenburg

Copy Editor
Sessa Kratz

Interviews Editor
Amanda Scott

Public Relations Manager
Samantha Tanner

Book Reviews Editor
Mallory Chesser

Blog Editor
Josh Lopez

Assistant Blog Editor
Alicia Salzmann

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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