By Zack Graham
Tommy Orange leans against the wall near the entrance of the large spotlit room in which the reception for the National Book Critics Circle Awards is being held. He’s noticeably taller than the other partygoers, with a round, boyish face topped with a silky mop of black hair.
By Robb Todd
A book can change a life, even save one. That’s what a book did for Mitchell S. Jackson and now he has written a memoir with that same aspiration: Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family.
By Harris Lahti
There is Tom the carpenter, Jim the plumber, and Harry the heating guy whose hunting dog recently bit his nose off. Ladybird still sleeps in the bed, he tells me. Wasn’t her fault.
The bandages on the top part of his nose slip down while he talks. The bridge of his swollen nose is clearly not attached to his face. Each time he turns away, I can see the eyelashes blinking on the other side.
By Tess Crain
The literary device of eliding proper names of course predates Clarice Lispector (“Interrupted Story” was originally published in 1942).
I think a lot about snow globes. We did not have snow globes in small town Alabama where I was raised. I’m fascinated by them probably because they were not in my childhood. The contained experience of a snow globe, when you pick it up and shake it… an experience that doesn’t last very long. To reveal a beautiful scene, or something like a golden Buddha.
By Siena Oristaglio
The room is as dark as a crow.
A bright light appears, bathing a group of figures. They pose along a bench, their gazes fixed into empty space.
Strange sounds permeate the room — news clips, low voices, musical snippets, static — a radio on seek. The group remains still.
Far behind them, two figures emerge. One, legs spread, appears to give birth to the other.
Pingmei Lan’s short story, “Cicadas and the Dead Chairman,” which appeared in Epiphany’s Fall/Winter 2018 issue, has been named a winner of the prestigious PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize. Below is a brief interview with Pingmei, featuring our Epiphany 10 questions.
By Pingmei Lan
That summer when Chairman Mao died I saw a funeral for the first time, a national one. It had gone on for weeks. Everywhere I turned people were wearing black armbands and making white paper flowers. The usual sea of blue Mao suits seemed to be foaming, churning, shaping into dark and light swells. Thousands of mourning wreaths blanketed Tiananmen Square, eventually spilling down to the sidewalks of Chang’an Avenue. For days, then weeks, it looked like snow in summer.
By Robb Todd
There's no better microcosm of America than an airport.
There's no better album to listen to in an airport than this one.
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Our Fall/Winter 2018 issue features new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with illustrations by Vincent Le.
Contributors: David Albahari, Karen Bender, Eugene Brogyányi, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Lisa Chen, Ellen Elias-Bursać, Nick Fuller Googins, Paulette Guerin, János Háy, Suzanne Highland, Christopher Kang, Michelle Har Kim, Pingmei Lan, Eric Laster, Vincent Le, Yukiko Motoya, Dennis Pahl, Sam Pink, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Evan Gill Smith, José Watanabe, Asa Yoneda
Buy the Spring/Summer 2018 flip-cover double issue!
Our First Breakout 8
The Spring/Summer 2018 edition of Epiphany is a flip-cover double issue. On one side, you’ll find five stories, six poems, and one essay selected for this issue by Epiphany’s editors. On the other side, you’ll find work from the winners of the first annual Breakout 8 Writers Prize, judged by Hannah Tinti, Alexander Chee, and Tracy O’Neill.
Read, flip, repeat, enjoy!
Contributors: Anzhelina Polonskaya / Alisson Wood* / Amber Wheeler Bacon* / Amy Lee Lillard* / Andrew Wachtel / Candice Wuehle / Colin Schmidt / Collin Frazier / Edith Lee* / Elisa Gonzalez / Gabriela Wiener / Jennifer Adock / Jiaming Tang* / Josephine Blair / Lore Segal / Lucy Greaves / Marc Castel de Lucas* / Nelly Rosario / Nicole Treska / Rasheeda Saka* / Terese Svoboda / Yesenia Montilla / Yuxi Lin*
(* indicates Breakout 8 Writers Prize winner)