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  1. The Citron Review

    The editors at The Citron Review, who all met in the creative writing program at Antioch University of Los Angeles, share a passion for the short form — “powerful prose that packs a punch.” They publish poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

    Fiction
  2. “Stuck in her mouth was a single blade of green grass, her last effort to stave off dehydration, hypothermia, starvation, as if by swallowing that blade she could puke up death itself, like a hairball, and be well again.”

    Animals
  3. Proximity Magazine

    Proximity “is a quarterly collection of true stories exploring place, space, and connections in the modern age,” featuring solid writing and a weekly blog post to help ease the wait between issues.

    Essay
  4. Draft by Draft: The Narrowing Lens of “Stranded”

    At Brevity, Jill Talbot, author of the memoir The Way We Weren’t, gives us a masterclass in revising our writing after rejection: “So many times, we have to get out of our essay’s way.”

    Art
  5. Negative Inspiration

    When there was nothing else for Kevin Richard White, there was writing: “I want them to know we’re given a voice at birth. We’re given a chance to use it. All you need is paper and time.”

    Essay
  6. Only Dreams in Total Darkness

    Meghan McClure offers an apéritif in advance of the release of her book, A Single Throat Opens, a collaborative exploration of addiction: “We want to shake the guilt of truth from us. Embrace it all as misremembered, jumbled dream, some delusional belief.”

    Writing
    Photo by lzh10182003
  7. “Instead of getting to enjoy growing up, I felt trapped in my youth, the thing that had made me special until my ex-boyfriend called it my affliction, like a Dorian Gray bargain gone uniquely sideways.”

    Essay
  8. State of Being: Envisioning California

    “California, the best of it, is what lives and prospers in a liminal, unnamed space—somewhere between dreams, disappointments, and recalibration.” Lynell George describes how California — Los Angeles and San Francisco — moves through you.

    Essay
  9. Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough

    Poet Christoper Citro meditates on the omens — good and bad — that arrive on air: “I pierced the clear membrane and the coils expanded and the guest bed took its first deep breath. Each time a visiting friend or family member sleeps on it, it will take another.”

    Essay
  10. The Complicated Past and Present of a California Utopia

    “And yet, like all utopian experiments, Esalen’s cracks widened as it grew in popularity and began to attract this wealthier set. Today’s guests hardly care about any sort of counterculture; they care, as Wolfe pointed out, about self-improvement.” Cody Delistraty spends a weekend at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, once a bastion of hippie counterculture.

    Culture
  11. Atlas Minor

    The website of author James A. Reeves features thoughtful blog posts and longform essays on topics that range from philosophy and art to health and family.

    Authors
  12. Writing as Momentary Witness

    Lynn Casteel Harper writes of the “darkly luminous and the luminously dark” after the sudden death of her local pastry chef: “I ate a dead man’s tiramisu this past summer. I did not plan such a macabre act; one rarely does.”

    Death
    Photo by Daniel Cortes (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  13. Brian est dans le cuisine.

    “Brian is in the kitchen.” But who is Brian, and why is he always in the kitchen? A funny take on a classic language-learning phrase.

    Humor
  14. Big Night

    Jill Sisson Quinn’s essay, “Big Night” — on the process of adopting a child and her fascination with salamanders — was recently selected for the “Best American Essays 2016” anthology.

    Essay
    Illustration by Phillip Taylor
  15. Looking Back on Thirty Years in the Warehouses of Oakland

    “This marginal life, this DIY life: in it, they created themselves. We created ourselves. This is why spaces like this matter more than ever now, as gentrification scours the creative life out of Oakland.” Kaya Oakes reflects on the Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people in December 2016.

    Essay