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Emergency Escape Plan published at Bending Genres

The best home safety fire escape ladder, it says on the back of the box, is portable and easy to maneuver.

The box is surprisingly light with a lid designed for easy flipping. On the front is a picture of a little boy in blue-and-white rocket pajamas, descending a nylon ladder from a fully engulfed window. The boy looks frightened, yes, but determined. Not safe, exactly, but nearly there. He is looking down at the ground where someone is waiting for him…

Emergency Escape Plan | Bending Genres

February 2018


Interview with David Leavitt of Subtropics

Leavitt by Anthony Rue

David Leavitt is the prolific author of several short story collections such as Family Dancing for which he was finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. He’s written numerous novels. While England Sleeps was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize and The Indian Clerk was not just a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize but also shortlisted for the IMPAC/Dublin Award. He’s co-authored anthologies and his work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Tin House. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gugenheim Foundation and the Institute of Catalan Letters in Barcelona, Spain. Professor Leavitt has taught at Princeton and currently teaches at the University of Florida where he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Subtropics.

I had the remarkably good fortune to interview him for The Review Review. Check it out!

“I Look for Stories That Grab Me by the Collar and Won’t Let Me Go.” A Chat With David Leavitt, Editor of Subtropics


Men Stop Me Running | Catapult



Men Stop Me Running published at Catapult

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Men yell at me from car windows. My stride is slow and steady. I’m training for the American Tobacco Trail Half Marathon, my first real race. Before now, I’ve never attempted anything over 5k.

“Hey!” a man yells and it sounds like he’s falling off a cliff. The car drives away and he’s still yelling the tail end of the word until the sound floats away to nothing and he is gone.

A mile later, a beige-gold Chrysler Town & Country swerves around me and a man yells, “I will fuck you!” The back window of his van is black with little white stick-family stickers: Smiling Mommy, Smiling Daddy, Baby Girl, Soccer-playing-Son, Silly Dog with floppy ears.

I watch the van drive away, cautious. Can you Stow-and-Go an adult human woman? I guess I’m just being paranoid.

He hasn’t really threatened me, has he? But, it wasn’t a compliment, either. Men do not yell at women from moving cars because we are desirable.

I keep running, imagining Smiling Daddy falling off the side of the cliff. His stick family stands at the top, dumbfounded. As he falls, he screams, “I will fuck you!” until his dying breath stretches out to nothing and he is gone.

Interview with Lesley Trites


According to Publisher’s Weekly, Lesley Trites’s short fiction collection, A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream from Véhicule Press “gazes deeply into modern womanhood and the way in which having it all can easily slip into wistful envy.”

Trites is an author of poetry, nonfiction and fiction and works as a developmental editor. She’s been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly and Eclectica Magazine. She also has a collection of poetry titled Echoic Mimic which is available through Invisible Press.

“It’s Important to Tell the Stories You’re Most Compelled to Tell.” A Chat With Author Lesley Trites


Interview with Windy Lynn Harris



I got to interview one of my favorite writers for The Review Review! Windy Lynn Harris has a new book coming out called “Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published” and she wants to help you publish in literary journals!

You should let her help you! She’s really good at what she does.

“Having a supportive community is important to any writer. Lucky for us, the world of literary magazines is a friendly pool to swim in. We cheer each other on and support the magazines we admire.”

“No Lazy Manuscripts Can Leave Our Desks.” A Chat With Windy Lynn Harris, Author of Writing and Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays

Short Fiction: What Happens Next | The Sunlight Press



Interview with Seth Luke at JuxtaProse

I had the very good fortune to interview Seth Luke, the Editor-in-chief at JuxtaProse. If you are submitting your work to literary journals, you should read this interview. Seth offers some really honest thoughts on publishing, cover letters and the slush pile.

Read it here:


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