Smokelong Weekly for May 25, 2015:

The Sadness of Spirits

art by Katelin Kinney
by Aimee Pogson

The spirits gather around the Ouija board. They never know which one of them will be called, but they are hopeful. They have messages, words of advice, theories on life they have spent thousands of years perfecting. They are still working towards spiritual actualization, but that is a long process, often involving the silent voice … Continue reading The Sadness of Spirits

More stories:

The Easy Arm of AdamBy Katie McClendon

Ghosht KormaBy Rachna Kulshrestha

Old Man Falling Off of StoolBy Timur Jonathan Karaca

Any Friend of My FriendBy Mardith Louisell

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Issue Forty-Seven

April 6, 2015

This Week’s Reader:

Tara Laskowski

Tara Laskowski has been editor at SmokeLong Quarterly since 2010. She is the author of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons (Matter Press 2012). She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Her fiction has been published widely, most recently in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Her full-length story collection Bystanders will be published by Santa Fe Writers Project in 2016. Tara lives and works in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Read the interview with Tara Laskowski

Artist Spotlight: Karen Prosen


How would you describe your art?  Absent-mindfulness patterns paired with uninformed experiments on shading and the female form. When did you understand that you wanted to pursue art? Tell me about this discovery. Unfortunately, not until I was in college when I started with photography. I credit Ralph Giunta and Troy Ansley with teaching me … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Karen Prosen


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