How to Catch an Eel

Though novelists Gina Ochsner and Paula Huston first met only five years ago, they’ve developed the kind of friendship that usually takes decades to mature. Both mentors in Seattle Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, they’ve shared quarters every winter and summer during ten-day residencies on Whidbey Island and at St. John’s College in…

Something About Rage and the Light Dying

padden / d.e.I hadn’t killed us yet. My dad fidgeted next to me, exhaling loudly every few moments. Always a sensitive kid, I guess I was something of a Doppler radar of other’s emotions and my father’s nerves were transmitting microwave signals to my own. DNA to DNA—pinging from him to the truck’s ceiling to…

Three poems by Clair Dunlap

bay wind / d.enckHomebody sometimes i am two people: me, and me but sadder. the space this second me inhabits is the space between the mind’s eye and the smaller me of 1998 picking her way over a rocky beach in stark relief against bleached driftwood trunks in a red coat in the rainforest, duff…

Mercy Now | Books and Culture

We rarely need excuses to read novels as autobiographical. It’s easier, after all, to believe that whatever in a fiction smacks of truth—the way a marriage’s arguments skip and warp, for example, or the lesson that we pay for being known in the coin of embarrassment—must borrow from some ready-to-hand reality. Jonathan Safran Foer has…