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Leesa Cross-Smith has a new essay at SmokeLong

Leesa Cross-Smith headshot (683x1024)Leesa Cross-Smith (upcoming judge of our Flash Fiction Contest) has a new essay at SmokeLong Quarterly today! Leesa’s essay “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” is part of SmokeLong‘s ongoing “Why Flash Fiction?” series, wherein writers and editors explore their experiences writing and reading flash.

Leesa talks about a favorite flash from author Scott Garson, she recalls the process of writing her piece “Sometimes We Fight in Wars,” and she reflects on her editorial role at Whiskey Paper. Throughout this discourse, she muses about time (or lack thereof) and considers the accelerated narrative pacing of most flash fictions. Check out the full essay, “Just a Flash. Did You See It?” here.

Contributor Update: Thomas Dodson published at “The Tishman Review”

Thomas Dodson HeadshotThomas Dodson’s essay “From the Library to Las Vegas: the Role of Research in the Writing Process” was recently published in The Tishman Review, and is available online.

Thomas was a contributor to The Conium Review: Vol. 2, No. 2 with his story “Evidence of Harm.” His short stories have also appeared in CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. He is the editor and designer for Printer’s Devil Review, and he is the executive editor of the Best Indie Lit New England series.

Melissa Reddish’s favorite books of 2015

Melissa Reddish, author of My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud and the forthcoming Conium Press title, Girl & Flame, shares her top five books of the year.

Hybrid nonfiction:  Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

Exploring her fibromyalgia while weaving together a portrait of trauma, invisible illnesses, gendered medicine and misogyny, and other ephemera, Berkowitz creates a fluidly fragmented, beautiful, haunting, and lyrical portrait.

Short Story Collection:  Valparaiso Round the Horn by Madeline ffitch

It was difficult to choose a single story collection, as this is my go-to genre, but this collection climbed steadily to the top with its off-kilter worldview and old-school adventurer vibe.  Each story is a little weird gem that is artfully crafted and sticks with you.

Poetry:  [insert] boy by Danez Smith

Okay, so this was technically published in Dec. 2014, but it is so good, I just had to include it.  When I first read “Dinosaurs in the Hood” through a friend’s Facebook post, I sat back and said, ‘whoa.’  The collection as a whole does not disappoint.

Graphic:  Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler

Part D&D love letter, part drunken bar fight, this comic is fun and funny and bawdy and constantly entertaining.

Book I Would Slip into Everyone’s Bag When They Weren’t Looking:  Citizen by Claudia Rankine

By far my favorite moment of protest in the bombastic insanity that is the 2015 election cycle (aka watching the slithering underbelly of hatred and bigotry reveal itself), was the woman who quietly read Citizen during a Trump rally.  Lots of whoa moments in this book as well.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and James R. Gapinski to read at Lit Crawl Seattle

The Lit Crawl Seattle 2015 schedule is live, and two of The Conium Review‘s editors will be reading at the event. The October 22nd Lit Crawl features free readings by over 65 authors at bars and pubs (naturally, there are bookstore, library, and other artsy venues too) throughout Seattle’s First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke reads at Vermillion (1508, 11th Ave.) as part of the sports-themed “Good Sports” reading from 7:00 to 7:45pm. This event’s other readers are Jay McAleer and Matt Kelsey.

James R. Gapinski reads at The Pine Box (1600 Melrose Ave.) as part of the video game-themed “Lit Level Up” reading from 8:00 to 8:45pm. Also reading are Darren Davis, Rachel Springer, and Frances Dinger.

The full Lit Crawl Seattle schedule is available here. We hope to see some Conium readers and writers out-and-about, so don’t be shy if you dig our journal (and if you hate us, you could still heckle one of the readings).

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