Move Aside, NYC. The 505 is Your New Short Story City.

By Alice Yang   Dear New York Publishers, Out here in the West, we continue to consume short stories set in New York, chronicling the melodrama of humanity against the all too familiar backdrop of skyscrapers, subways, and large bodies… Continue Reading

Our Best of the Net Nominations. Drum Roll Please…

  Blue Mesa Review is proud to announce our nominees for Best of the Net:   Nonfiction Ghosted Image of a Naked Girl  By Anne Riesenberg —vibe  By Marcos Gonsalez Poetry McDonald’s  By Anders Carlson-Wee The Boat I’m Building You  By Robin Cedar… Continue Reading

Which Came First: Alcoholism and Mental Illness or Writing?

  As a writer, but even more so as an indigenous writer, I’ve always been plagued by the pervasive image of the self-destructive, mentally ill, alcoholic writer. Think Hemingway, Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe. And these are just a few on… Continue Reading

A Matter of Choice

  I haven’t seen Manuel in a few months now. I’m glad. I thought he’d gone the first time he left, but no more than a month later he was back. This time I think he’s gone for good. I… Continue Reading

4 Ways a Writer Avoids Writing and the Benefits

1. Make yourself something to eat. Not a sandwich or platter of assorted chips, nuts and various sweets hiding in the pantry, but an honest to goodness meal—a crockpot meal, some Procrastination Stew. Head to the grocery store, peruse the… Continue Reading

Writer’s Guide to Self-Care

For the last few months, I have been dealing with depression. It feels like someone is randomly shooting arrows at me. I dodge as many of them as I can, but some have lodged themselves in my flesh. It hurts… Continue Reading