so to speak fall 2016 issue

art + writing by: Sukenya Best / Sarah Bates / Dorinda Wegener / Michelle Lewis / Monica Rico / Kathryn Merwin / Allison Thorpe / Sarah Escue / Marissa Stephens / Anne Champion / Nidhi Singh / Kate Blackwell / Annalise Mabe / Judy T. Oldfield / Raluca Ioanid / M.A. Jay / Kristina Marie Darling / Ellie Rogers / Judith H. Montgomery / Read More >



Traveling Alone

Kate Blackwell

When Patrice Hughes turned forty, her gift to herself was a week in Paris, alone. It was the Eighties, when the married women she knew rarely traveled alone. Her husband had no objection. He was happy to take care of the home front: the house, the dog, their son, Alec, who was thirteen. She and her husband were estranged, though still living together. She knew …

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Essays on Production

Kristina Marie Darling


That winter, I took up writing in an attempt to forget the countryside.  My first play, carefully parsed out into eight acts, took place in a forest glittering with fresh sleet.  The foliage dead beneath its luminous exterior.  Faint music, then a long silence. Ophelia appears beneath a broken branch, seated on a tree halved by the storm.  Her dress is ruined.  Still, she looks …

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Review of Solmaz Sharif

Review of Solmaz Sharif’s “LOOK”

Danielle Badra

LOOK is an important book for an American audience to read, but also for a global audience to read. It speaks to a global refugee dilemma, of a generation of youth that has experienced nothing but war, of poverty and of perseverance against all odds. It is a book for all eyes to notice, for all eyes to not look away.

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Fall For The Book 2016

Fall For The Book 2016

Madeleine Wattenberg

September 25th- 30th is the 18th annual  Fall For the Book Festival!

Since 1999, George Mason University and the City of Fairfax have collaborated on this festival to celebrate an array of writers with an eye toward strengthening ties between the literary and local communities. This year’s guests include poets Dana Levin, Natalie Diaz, Oliver Bendorf and fiction authors Lauren Groff, Sandra Cisneros, and …

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