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Manhattanville Reading Series
12/20/2016

Manhattanville Reading Series

TONIGHT at 7:30 at Unnameable Books: Manhattanville Reading Series 12, featuring Mitchell S. Jackson! At this season finale, Whiting Awards winner Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years) will be joined by emerging stars Emily Cementina (fwriction : review), Carrie Cooperider (New York Tyrant/Tyrant Books), and Nancy Hightower (Sundog Lit). Free admission!

09/01/2015

New Routes, by Jane Liddle
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Renee sat at the freckled desk and stared at the test questions as they blurred together into little black clouds of lost facts. She looked at the clock. It was keeping alien time, the second hand dissolving into a point...

08/03/2015

The Rat King, by Kerry Cullen
I moved in with the rat king because things between my girlfriend and me fell apart. Of course, I mean this literally.
Six months in, she gave me a necklace that she’d made of silken string and sea glass—to commemorate...

07/01/2015

Last Train, by Paul Crenshaw
The woman sat alone on a bench on a cold night in winter an hour before the last trains ran. She wore a coat that was too thin, and no gloves. She kept looking up and around at the snow that came swirling out of the night...

The new issue is here! Enjoy Sergei Burbank's "Missed." (And...share!)
06/03/2015
Missed, by Sergei Burbank

The new issue is here! Enjoy Sergei Burbank's "Missed." (And...share!)

–Hey you, there. Don’t know why you’re not picking up. I thought you were acting weird at the place during the thing, didn’t want to bring it up in front of everyone, like maybe you wanted to be free to … whatever after the party, so I thought … Don’t know if you’re home yet. Or if you went home. Sa…

01/30/2015

This Story Because It Was There, like Mt. Everest…It Came from Outer Space! – An Interview with Emily Kiernan
Interviewed by Diana Arterian
Emily Kiernan’s novel Great Divide was published this spring by Unsolicited Press. In it, the protagonist Jane...

01/16/2015

Update from fwriction : review
As you may (or may not) have noticed, we have yet to post a new issue since the start of the new year. Rest assured, this does not mean we won’t be; simply put, we have been trying to catch up on submissions (we’re...

11/13/2014

2014: A Year in (fwriction)Review
• "The Boy Who Turned Into the Man Who Ate Himself," by Paul Davenport-Randell
• "The Plaything of Whales," by jamesclaffey
• "Apollonia at the Retirement Home for Great Apes," by Martha Otis
• "On Returning," by...

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11/12/2014
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"The single constant fundamental truth that clung to Lisa like the earthy smell of her own flesh, was that she lived for being saved. It was Sal who saved her at the party in which they met. She stood on her hands, her legs straight in the air, her small breasts disappearing into nothing but nipples, her blonde hair tickling the beer-splattered tabletop. She fell like a tower, straight and rigid. He saw it happening before anyone else did and jumped in, catching her before she landed flat on her back. He remembered the look on her face when he caught her, that “I knew it would be you” look. The thing that Sal figured out eventually, however, was that it would have been somebody one of these days. He just happened to be the sucker of the moment – a moment that dragged on to two harrowing, electric years."

—Elizabeth Green, “You Think I’ll Actually Be Nice About This?”

(Art credit: "Falling Girl" by Scott Snibbe)

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11/11/2014
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“She just looked up at him, her eyes dark with anger. She looked like a cat, cornered by a large animal: all fight. The fork remained at her neck. He spotted tiny flecks of spinach caked on the teeth and his stomach turned. He went to the door. By now everyone in the restaurant was watching, unabashedly so. Her audience clung to her unlike anyone had and ever would look upon her or her art. She sat stoically, a macabre art installation. He felt a twinge of love for her then, but it faded with the sobering cry of the sirens, come to save the day.”

-Elizabeth Green, "You Think I’ll Actually Be Nice About This?"

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10/20/2014
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“ "Everything here is the best thing ever." - Justin Taylor



Writer Danny Goodman and harpercollins Assistant Editor Laura Brown (the editors of fwrictionreview), photographed by the incredible the-sf-lovely at their wedding, October 2014.

Elizabeth Green’s song selection—to accompany her short story “You Think I’ll Actually Be Nice About This?”—for fwrictio...
10/03/2014
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Elizabeth Green’s song selection—to accompany her short story “You Think I’ll Actually Be Nice About This?”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

Elizabeth Green’s song selection—to accompany her short story “You Think I’ll Actually Be Nice About This?”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

10/02/2014

You Think I’ll Actually Be Nice About This? by Elizabeth Green
Lisa was late, and when she sat down he could tell she had been drinking for breakfast by the way she flopped into her seat and sat up straighter than usual, as if it were a chore to do...

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10/01/2014
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“I flipped the tape to side B of Meddle. In the twenty minutes, it took us to get there, we zoned in and out. Gliding into piano tinks, we tiptoed on puddles. Razed by guitar, shattered in bird screams. Into the grift of momentum and pulled back down again, just so. Gotta hand it to Floyd. In all my life, I never expressed anything so true. Just once, just once, I’d like to stand up and say my piece and have someone respond. You can find so much on B-sides.”

- “Some Girl" by bettysueblue

09/25/2014

Ugly Undersides and Grace: An Interview with Christian Winn
Interviewed by Sara Lippman
Since its launch last fall, Dock Street Press, a new boutique publishing house out of Seattle, has demonstrated its commitment to taking writerly risks and a...

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09/18/2014
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Beth Gilstrap’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Luna Luna Magazine, Sundog Lit, Quiddity, Superstition Review, and The Minnesota Review, among others. She is looking for a home for her story collection tentatively titled I Am Barbarella. When she’s not working on her novel about self-taught artists, she can be found reading, working on an essay collection, cooking, or playing with her house full of rescue pets.

Read her new short story in fwriction : review - “Some Girl”

09/10/2014

Unzipping Stories: Meg Tuite & James Claffey in Conversation
Meg Tuite: Are you an early riser, and how does your day begin?
James Claffey: Always. Awake between 5:30 and 6:00 every day, and I usually make coffee, get the toddler her morning milk,...

bettysueblue's song selection—to accompany her short story “Some Girl”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist
09/04/2014
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bettysueblue's song selection—to accompany her short story “Some Girl”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

bettysueblue's song selection—to accompany her short story “Some Girl”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

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08/18/2014
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Joel Hans’ song selection—to accompany his short story “Ghosts in the Termini”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking P...
08/14/2014
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Joel Hans’ song selection—to accompany his short story “Ghosts in the Termini”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

Joel Hans’ song selection—to accompany his short story “Ghosts in the Termini”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

08/14/2014

Ghosts in the Termini, by Joel Hans
My mother’s words are not words but ripples in water: This is the right thing, my babygirl. That’s all I ever asked. Months ago she made me promise I’d never let her dry out now that she’s dead.
“I’m trying, Ma,” I...

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08/13/2014
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“ Dancer held out his hand. There was a nickel-sized open sore on the pitching side of his index finger. Doc frowned. “You pitched a great game, Dancer. You’re going to remember that game for the rest of your life. Hell. We all are.”

“What about the Cardinals?”

Doc shook his head. “You can’t pitch with your hand like that.”

“I can still throw my fastball.”

“Son, it’s the big leagues. You got a good fastball, but you ain’t no goddamn Bob Feller. Without a curve they’ll kill you. I can’t do that to you.”

Dancer hung his head and stared at his wounded finger. Doc patted him on the shoulder. “I’m telling the Cardinals you can’t pitch on Labor Day. They’ll probably bring up that kid from Columbus.”

“Then what?”

“You’ll get your shot. Next year. Take care of that hand.”

It was a perfect game. No one could take that from him. Or from Clayton. No matter what else happened they would always have that game. That moment. And Doc was right. He was young. He’d get another chance.



—from Len Joy’s American Past Time

Just Around the Corner: An Interview with Len Joy
08/06/2014
Just Around the Corner: An Interview with Len Joy

Just Around the Corner: An Interview with Len Joy

Interviewed by Kuzhali Manickavel I remember reading the first iterations and versions of this novel. If you could go back and talk to that Len, what would you tell him about the novel and its...

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I would like to offer an invitation to anyone who is interested in finding out more about "family dynamics" of Robb Todd, other than the stories they might have heard. Gratefulness and amends goes a long way in healing the blame and cruelties expressed by others. It's time to make peace. Truth is better than lies.