Six Poems by Shadab Zeest Hashimi (poetry, ’09)

A sequence of six poems by Shadab Zeest Hashmi (poetry, ‘ 09) appears in World Literature Today:


Qasida of the Bridge of Teacups
The soul cleaves into two somewhere along the birth canal,
didn’t you say, Plato? I send your echo back to Athens
from my rug of locked antlers in Peshawar
where I fill a teacup with the question of half my soul
(as I watercolor a whitewashed village I’ve yet to see). In
the torpor of the mango season, I am closer to the heady basil
that fishermen of the Black Sea put in their boats for luck –
Will I know my soul by the musk of tannin ink, sugarcane

. . . Continue reading this poem, and five others, here.

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“A Love Story” by Samantha Hunt (fiction, ’99)

A story by Samantha Hunt (fiction, 99) appears in The New Yorker:


by Samantha Hunt


“A coyote ate a three-year-old not far from here.”


 “My uncle told me.”


“He said, ‘Don’t leave those babies outside again,’ as if I already had.”

“Had you?”

“Come on.” An answer less precise than no.

“Why’s he monitoring coyote activity up here?”



“It’s irresistible.”


A wild dog with a tender baby in its jaws disappearing into the redwoods forever. My uncle’s so good at imagining things, he makes them real. “Yeah. It’s just what he does, a habit.” Or a compulsion.

“I don’t get it.”

But I do. Every real thing started life as an idea. I’ve imagined objects and moments into existence. I’ve made humans. I tip taxi-drivers ten, twenty dollars every time they don’t rape me.


The last time my husband and I had sex was eight months ago, and it doesn’t count because at the time my boobs were so huge from nursing that their power over him, over all men, really, was supreme. Now, instead of sex with my husband, I spend my nights imagining dangerous scenarios involving our children. It’s less fun.

[. . .  to continue and to hear audio of the story, click here.]


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Community Digest (May 2017)

Faculty News & Publications

ω Michael Parker has a new book of stories, Everything, Then, and Since, forthcoming in June from Bull City Press. 






ω Robin Romm has edited a collection of essays, Double Bind: Women on Ambition, available from WW Norton. 






ω A story from David Haynes, “The Weight of Things,” appears in Issue 36 of Natural Bridge.


Alumni News & Publications

“Stolen Boy,” a story from Nancy J. Allen (fiction, ’12), is winner of the 2017 Short Story America Prize. Congratulations, Nancy!



ω Lindsay Remee Ahl (poetry, ’13), has a poem, “The Mother,” in the Spring 2017 issue of The Georgia Review. 





ω A collection of poems, Wild Water Childby Rose Auslander (poetry, ’15), won the 2016 Bass River Press Poetry Competition, and is now available for purchase through Amazon. Rose also has a poem, “Dead Moon, Brooklyn,” in Tupelo Quarterly




ω A collection of poems, The Dangling Houseby Maeve Kinkaid (poetry, ’08, is available now from Barrow Street.




ω An essay by Rick Bursky (poetry, ’03) appears online in The AGNI Blog.


ω Mike Puican (poetry, ’09) has poems appearing in two anthologies celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks: The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks available now through University of Arkansas Press, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, available for purchase from Curbside Splendor


ω Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, ’09), has two poems, “The Feast,” and “Choke,” in AGNI, Issue 85, 2017. 



ω “Vrbitza,” a poem by Aggie Zivaljevic (fiction, ’05), appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Literary Review (TLR)

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“The Blues In My Heart, The Rhythm In My Soul” by Cammy Thomas (poetry, ’99)

A poem by Cammy Thomas (poetry, ’99) appears in The Missouri Review:


The Blues in My Heart, the Rhythm in My Soul

—for SMM

She asked for my Elmore James album—
the only time she asked me for anything
in the eight years she cooked
and cleaned and washed our hair,
picked us up from school
and helped us bathe and choose our clothes.

. . . for the poet’s contextual note, and the rest of the poem, continue reading here.

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“After the Removal of 30 Types of Plants and Animals From The Junior Dictionary” by Rose McLarney (poetry, ’10)

A poem by Rose McLarney (poetry, ’10) appears in Kenyon Review:



Almond no more. Blackberry blanked out. Cheetah cast off.
But if no acorn, because the young will use language for nature less,

by that logic, no arousal, brief surge of blood that cannot continue
but lets lives be conceived. If no bluebell because flowers are fleeting,


. . . continue reading here.

. . . read more from Rose McLarney and Kenyon Review by clicking here.

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