SmokeLong Weekly for February 26, 2017:

Straight Lines

by Ryan Werner

My little sister moved into the chandelier in our dining room. She had a pillow and some jars of food and hopefully something for a bathroom. When our mother came to talk at her—about the party tomorrow, about safety, about lots of things—something fell on her head. I picked it up and it was one … Continue reading Straight Lines

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Issue Fifty-Four

December 19, 2016

This Week’s Reader:

Meagan Cass

Meagan Cass’s story collection, ActivAmerica, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and will be published by UNT Press in November 2017. She is the author of the fiction chapbook Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press), and her short fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she is a co-curator of the Shelterbelt Reading Series and edits Shelterbelt Books with her colleague Adam Clay. She also serves as an assistant editor for Sundress Publications.

Read the interview with Meagan Cass

Fridge Flash: The Rubber Lizards Of Concord

In this week’s Fridge Flash, eleven-year-old Irene Meklin shares a story about the end of school days, jelly donuts, sleepovers, throwing rubber lizards, and the exhilarating exhaustion of childhood. We are excited to share this story from this talented young writer whose name we are certain to see again in the decades to come.   By … Continue reading Fridge Flash: The Rubber Lizards Of Concord


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