Review of Elegy on Kinderklavier

Arna Bontemps Hemenway thinks about story a lot—even for a fiction writer. His collection Elegy on Kinderklavier, published by Sarabande Books earlier this year, examines narrative in surprisingly self-aware ways. The characters in his collection are unafraid to explore the stories… Continue Reading

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The Summer To-Do List

We all – at least those of us currently entrenched in academia – have one. The long, idealistic, and extremely optimistic list of all the things we’re going to accomplish over summer “break.” Some of us may just have bullet… Continue Reading

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Finding Inspiration in Albuquerque

The beginning of August will mark my first full year in Albuquerque. I’ve enjoyed working on my MFA and exploring this new city I live in. What I’ve seen so far is impressive—Albuquerque is culturally rich and very invested in… Continue Reading

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Our 2014 Summer Contest is Open!

  Today is the big day! June 1st – the opening of Blue Mesa Review’s Annual Writing Contest. Submit your best fiction and poetry all the way through August 31st. For more details, see the contest portion of our website.… Continue Reading

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AWP 2014: A Review

We had a great time at AWP in Seattle. See you next year Minneapolis! Here is a list of some of our favorite events: Ben Dolan | Editor-in-Chief: Image Journal‘s 25th Anniversary Reading I’d already heard poet Scott Cairns read… Continue Reading

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Crawling Out of the Deep Pit of Despair that is Writing a Novel

Someone once told me that if you can write 70 pages of a novel you will finish it. I was on page 140 when I came very close to burning the entire thing. Sometimes writing workshops can be powerfully motivating,… Continue Reading

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