Freight Stories Publications

BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief Congratulations to Patricia Henley and Jon Sealy (former fiction editor at Sycamore Review) who both have stories published in the third issue of the online literary Journal, Freight Stories. Patricia Henley’s story, “Red Lily” and Jon Sealy’s story, “Renovation,” can both be read online. Also included in this issue, the memoirist … Continue reading Freight Stories Publications

Porter Shreve’s When the White House Was Ours

BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief I purchased Porter Shreve’s new novel, When the White House Was Ours yesterday from our local independent bookstore, Vons. Actually, I went on a little bit of a spree, managing to spend close to a hundred dollars in under fifteen minutes. But it’s all worth it. Money spent on books is … Continue reading Porter Shreve’s When the White House Was Ours

Patricia Henley’s Glimmer Train Essay

BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief Patricia Henley has written a fantastic essay published in the Glimmer Train Bulletin entitled, “The Potholder Model of Literary Ambition,” that chronicles her writing life and provides some great insight into the experiences of a National Book Award nominated writer.  This is a generous essay in which Patricia reveals the truths of her experience and … Continue reading Patricia Henley’s Glimmer Train Essay


BY THERESA SMITH While I still have a blog ID, I’m going to embarrass and offer public congratulations to some members of our staff. First to our editor, Mehdi Okasi, who recently won a statewide National Society of Letters contest and gave a reading down in Bloomington Sunday. Also congratulations to our rising Assistant Director … Continue reading Congratulations

Announcing the Winner of the 2007 Wabash Prize in Poetry!!

BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief We here at the journal are most pleased to announce the winner of the 2007 Wabash Prize in Poetry: Ms. Jude Nutter for her poem, “Goats.” Jude Nutter will receive $1000 and publication in the journal. Eavan Boland, who judged this fall’s contest, wrote the following: “This poem sites human memory … Continue reading Announcing the Winner of the 2007 Wabash Prize in Poetry!!

Porochista Khakpour’s Sons and Other Flammable Objects

BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief I’ve started a project. Over the seven months, I’m reading books that fall under the heading of Global Historical Fiction…which is to say novels that deal with issues of politics, history, and nationality. I’m doing this partly because I love novels that deal with these themes, but also because it will … Continue reading Porochista Khakpour’s Sons and Other Flammable Objects