Contributor Update: Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller's "Operation Skunk," excerpted below, first appeared in Issue 70 (2008) of the minnesota review. Since its publication, Miller has also released Horror After 9/11 (2011), a critical anthology co-edited with Aviva Briefel, along with pieces in The Rumpus, Slice Magazine, Arts and Letters, Strange Horizons, and Electric Velocipede. Miller also has work … Continue reading Contributor Update: Sam J. Miller

Contributor Update: Valerie Bandura

Valerie Bandura's poem "Step Right Up" was first published in Issue 78 (Fall 2012) of the minnesota review. Since then, Bandura has just released a new book of poetry, Freak Show (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books, 2013). Bandura's poems have also appeared in numerous journals, including Ploughshares,  Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, The Asheville Poetry … Continue reading Contributor Update: Valerie Bandura

[Contributor Update]: Jesse Damiani

In honor of the new academic year, we're re-visiting Jesse Damiani's "First Grade," which appeared in issue 78 of the minnesota review. Damiani is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His poetry has been published or forthcoming in 42opus, elimae, Pleiades, and Ninth Letter, among others. He is a past … Continue reading [Contributor Update]: Jesse Damiani

Contributor Update: Susan McMaster (Issue 68)

At Midnight Talks Fail And here we are: herded into a ragged string burdened with signs, wrapped in scarves against sunrise cold. They chivvy at our heels, bark us into motion—colleagues, familiar from a morning hello, a shuffle of paper, are suddenly strange, imbued with command. I thought they were sheep like the rest of … Continue reading Contributor Update: Susan McMaster (Issue 68)

Contributor Update: Eric Gudas (Issue 67)

945 Pecan Place Since ten you’ve been standing behind a cash register, passing vermicelli,               skim milk, chicken breasts, and bottles Of carbonated water over the scanner’s secret red eye. “Will that be ATM               or credit? Would you like a bag?” Before noon An embalmed-looking woman, her nails lacquered … Continue reading Contributor Update: Eric Gudas (Issue 67)

Contributor Update: Carmen Giménez Smith (Issue 70)

Moonrock My father stood watch over night’s deficient tidepool: the weight of it so upon him, he locked himself in the car to think. By day he’d wear us into onionskin. At night, he’d flee to the driveway where he lived in unkempt hair. He was the phantom weeping powdery tears into the ashtray. He … Continue reading Contributor Update: Carmen Giménez Smith (Issue 70)