issue number 17

in this issue, we are thrilled to feature poems by Sherman Alexie and an excerpt from Joyce Carol Oates’s new memoir, A Widow’s Story.

D.E. Steward is another poet featured in this issue. In “Hombres Necios,” he writes that Sor Jauna Inés de la Cruz, “[a]rgued spectacularly for the freedom to be left alone to write.” Then, line after line, Steward pays homage to and exercises that freedom with textured, concrete and evocative details—“Chalk dust felt erasers cloakroom outhouses potbellied stove / One teacher for all start with first move serially to eighth”—details that tell both a personal and universal story.

In addition to the excerpt by Oates, you’ll find nonfiction by J.W. Young. She writes in tones both practical and poignant (“Apparently there’s a racket going on in the Dustbowl…”) about that which creates distance and mystery between mother and daughter: geography, economy and underlying all, time—emotions that linger from the past.

Our fiction pieces, by Julee Newberger and Jennifer Hurley, jauntily capture the way human beings confront aging, and, in that process, seek out a “second spring” season in their lives.

This issue’s book reviews take a critical look at works from Rose Metal Press (Mary Hamilton), University of Alabama Press (Darlene Harbour Unrue), Fence (Josie Sigler) and FC2 (Lynn K. Kilpatrick), to name a few. Smaller presses, too often overlooked, are publishing brilliant work, and we hope you’ll discover some of it here.

The interviews focus on the role of the translator in literature. Among other things, one tells why Justin Quinn inserts American names into his translations of Czech poems, and why translations in the Czech Republic got worse after the Velvet Revolution.

Finally, take a look at our videos. You’ll watch recent readings by Doug Dorst, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Robert Stone, and an extended Q&A with Nick Flynn. What have these authors reading their work aloud to do with life, and not just literature?

A possible answer is suggested in our blog section. A staffer encourages us “to be open to those unexpected dialogues, to never presume that one thing read or written has nothing to do with another, and to welcome those connections and explore them.” Enjoy this spring issue of Front Porch; you’re bound to discover content that speaks to other content and more importantly, to you.


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

Sarah Howze
Dan Barton
Niko Kyriakou
Theresa Holden
Brandon Ricks
Casey Winters
Rachel Gray
Lawton Cook
Lauren Bull
Benjamin Seanor
James Deitz
Timothy Dailey
Maggie Ilersich
Stuart Gill
Katrina Goudey
Dorothy Lawrenson
Ram Hinojosa
Meg Griffitts
Jacob Massey
Paul Adams
Allison Myers
Phillip Mandel
John Edgar
Michaela Hansen
Shelby Newsom
Ashton Kamburoff
Graham Oliver

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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