46.2 Feature: “Socratic Wig” by Sara Kachelman

Socratic Wigby Sara Kachelmanfrom BWR 46.2I found my mother’s hair on a foam head at Wigland. It lit up the downtown window display. Above it a sign said: the last true redhead. It was referring to my mother. She was the last true redhead, and now she was dead. We had...

46.1 Feature: Craft Essay by Dennison Ty Schultz

The lives of these characters challenged the narrative of Islamic history that we were taught: a homogenous, essentialist, monotonous, opaque, rigid fundamentalism that replaced the vivid, complex, historical, diverse, expressive human history. 

46.1 Feature: Craft Essay by Hisham Bustani

The lives of these characters challenged the narrative of Islamic history that we were taught: a homogenous, essentialist, monotonous, opaque, rigid fundamentalism that replaced the vivid, complex, historical, diverse, expressive human history. 

From the archives: Last Days, Part 1 by Tamiko Beyer from BWR 45.1

In Tamiko Beyer’s “Last Days, Part I,” literature and poetry become, for a few revolutionaries, “a system of belief, a way to navigate the dissolving world.” For the world, during these “last days of empire,” is indeed dissolving, into a melange of “synthesized...

45.2 Feature: Dickinson kept a Carlo by My Tran

“I am quite captivated by the emotional intelligence of ‘Tree rings, like concentric ghosts’: its internal innovative style, the heightened, hexagonal poetics of My Tran’s perception, their sharp way of interweaving cultural artifacts with art, the past (ghost), sound...

Sneak Peek: Hypatia on St. Katherine by Kelly Krumrie

HYPATIA ON ST. KATHERINE Kelly Krumrie from BWR 45.1 Tap here for a Phone Friendly Version To read Kelly Krumrie's work and more, pick up a copy of 45.1 or order a subscription from our online store.  Kelly Krumrie is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the...

From the Archives: Pollution People by C Pam Zhang

Pollution People C Pam Zhang from BWR 44.1   An hour south of the border and Dad tips over with a whump that makes the forest explode like a cutscene. The ancient car rattles, Nim brakes into a gully, and shrapnel flings from the trees. Nim waits for death. But...

2017 Flash Contest Runner-up: Beth Bachmann’s Ursonate

I admire the confidence of this short and beguiling piece. The author sets in motion a tarot-spread of elements—the war, the wheel, the gold—and alchemizes a novelistic series of arrivals and reversals. The result is timeless, but, like a dream, it...