Arden Levine After all that time indoors (the illness, the convalescence) I couldn’t recall which of the wool hats cause my forehead to itch. I’d forgotten that I like to listen to music on headphones while walking to the grocery store, and I’d lost track of the grocery store. Going weeks without checking my mail … Continue reading Upon Re-Entry
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The Wabash Prize for Nonfiction 2017 is considering submissions until April 15. Prize is $1,000 and publication in Sycamore Review. Our judge is Brian Blanchfield. Fee: $20, which includes a copy of the prize issue for all entrants. See our contest page for more details.
2016 Wabash Prize in Fiction, as selected by Adam Johnson Winner: Caleb Tankersley, “Dean” Johnson: Humor and physical desire always triangulate back to sadness in this young husband’s narrative of his attempts to adjust to his wife’s degenerative illness. No digression, however, will assuage the inevitable, and the final image of a man trying to bypass his wife’s … Continue reading Winners Selected for Wabash Prizes in Fiction and Poetry
Send us your fiction and poetry by November 15th, 2016 and enter our 2016 Wabash Prize in Fiction or Poetry. Submissions cost $20 and the fee includes a copy of the contest issue. Learn more about the guidelines for submission under our Contest tab. Final Fiction Judge: Adam Johnson Final Poetry Judge: Reginald Dwayne Betts First … Continue reading Wabash Prizes in Fiction and Poetry NOW OPEN
Review: Roy Jacobsen’s Borders by Jeff Amos Roy Jacobsen’s Borders begins with the whimsical anecdote of a miller’s attempt to construct a small footbridge over the Our River between Luxembourg and Germany, but swells into a tale of history, family, and identity in a community of fluid borders. Set primarily in a small valley in … Continue reading Review: Roy Jacobsen’s Borders
We are happy/grateful/lucky to announce that two members of the Sycamore Review family have poems coming out in Best American this year. Please go here to check out Allison Davis's poem "The Heart of It All + A Free Beer," which first appeared in Sycamore Review's issue 26.2. While there, we hope you'll also read our … Continue reading Best American Poetry 2016 Shout Outs
by Bess Cooley, Managing Editor It makes sense to begin where Ben Lerner begins The Hatred of Poetry—with an excerpt from Marianne Moore’s poem “Poetry.” She writes, “One discovers in / it, after all, a place for the genuine.” Lerner writes that there’s “no such thing” as a genuine poem. Poetry only offers a place … Continue reading Review: Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry
A Review of Dorthe Nors’ So Much for That Winter by Hannah Rahimi Cynicism and hope jostle for position in Dorthe Nors’ new pair of novellas, as Nors addresses crucial questions of contemporary existence with great humor and humanity. In “Minna Needs Rehearsal Space,” an avant-garde musician is torn between a need for creative solitude … Continue reading So Much for That Winter
Published in Paperback by Graywolf Press, 2016 Review by Bess Cooley Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is a near perfect example of form and content fitting together, informing one another. This book of nonfiction questions and pushes against gender binaries and traditional gender roles, while also questioning and pushing against the nonfiction genre itself, rejecting the … Continue reading The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson