recent Contributor achievements

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Toni Graham wins Flannery O'connor award for short Fiction


Former Contributor, Toni Graham, who published her story Hope Springs in issue #8 has won the prestigious University of Georgia Press Flannery O'Connor award for The Suicide Club. She did a Writer's Process piece for Epiphany in which she said it took her 20 years to garner the courage to write from a male point of view. We applaud that kind of courage. Here is what University of Georgia Series editor Nancy Zafris had to say of Graham's work. "The endearing characters in The Suicide Club are further alienated by the one event that unites their otherwise disparate group: the suicide of a loved one," she said. "The author deftly employs humor not to deflect but to dig deeper into the undercurrents that our humankind try hardest to ignore even as these very undercurrents sharpen our sorrows and scrub us into the beings who stare back at us in the mirror. Often hilarious, the soaring funny asides accrue into piercing insights that begin to sear the soul. As we turn the last page, we are left better for having journeyed through a work that seeks higher ground and profundity, that seeks to unite heart and cerebrum and make sense of it all."


Univeristy of Georgia Press Release



Brian Turner publishes Memoir

Former Guest Editor Brian Turner issue #12 has published a memoir My Life as a Foreign Country. "My Life as a Foreign Country is brilliant and beautiful. It surely ranks with the best war memoirs I've ever encountered — a humane, heartbreaking, and expertly crafted work of literature." —Tim O’Brien

He keeps a website at



Sarah Stern Reads AT Poets House

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

Sarah Stern’s first full-length collection of poems, But Today Is Different, has just been published by Wipf and Stock and is available now. Order Here.

“Sarah Stern has written an utterly frank, headlong, passionate, and deeply engendered book of a woman in mid-life. She writes out of her own longings, her devotions as a daughter and a mother, her fiery supplications. But Today Is Different may be printed with ink, but it was written with fire.”
—Edward Hirsch





askold Melnyczuk

Listen to a chapter from former contributor Askold Melnyczuk's issue #6 forthcoming book Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature. Askold Melnyczuk is founding editor of AGNI. He is professor of creative writing at The University of Massachusetts-Boston and a member of the core fiction faculty of the graduate Bennington Writing Seminars. Excerpts from his anti-memoir in progress have appeared recently in The Threepenny Review and Epiphany. The Epiphany excerpt, “Turbulence, Love,” was cited as Notable in The Best American Essays 2010. What Is Told (Faber and Faber), was a New York Times Notable Book for 1994. He is finishing a new novel with the working title “SMEDLEY’s Secret Guide to World Literature.” For more information, visit