Author: Cincinnati Review

“The Engines of Fiction”: Structure

In our final installment of video clips from “The Engines of Fiction” panel last month at the 7th Annual Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho and Elizabeth McKenzie share their approaches to thinking about structure in fiction....

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“The Engines of Fiction”: Suspense

We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: In our third installment of excerpts from the “The Engines of Fiction” panel at the 7th Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival (held in April at the University of Cincinnati), we hear from fiction writers Jung Yun, Elizabeth McKenzie, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and Catherine Lacey about the concept of suspense in their work....

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“The Engines of Fiction”: Voice

A few weeks ago, the University of Cincinnati sponsored the 7th annual Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival. Even if you weren’t able to join us in person, you can experience the insights of the authors: Over the next two weeks, we’ll post a few excerpts from the panel on “The Engines of Fiction.” Here, Jung Yun, Catherine Lacey, and Elizabeth McKenzie share their thoughts on the concept of “voice.”...

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Celebrate Acre Books at the Mercantile Library

We’re happy to announce that our sister press, Acre Books, has its first title, A Very Angry Baby, now available for purchase on their website, in print or e-book forms! If you pick one up this week, you’ll get free shipping—sorry, no pacifiers or swaddling blankets included. This fabulous anthology, full of previously unpublished pieces, features today’s top writers, including Julianna Baggott, Brock Clarke, Rebecca Hazelton, Andrew Hudgins, Erin McGraw, Jamie Quatro, and more. To celebrate the launch of the anthology, Acre is also holding a party at the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati, in conjunction with a reading...

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Bringing Together Visual and Literary Narrative

As a slight change of pace from our usual “What We’re Reading” posts, CR volunteer Ben Kleier has chosen to discuss Lana Shuttleworth’s unique artwork, which we’re very excited to have in issue 14.1. Ben is a student in the UC master’s program in professional writing and has been working at the Cincinnati Art Museum in a variety of roles for the past two years. He’s a sculptor and painter and an all-around good dude. For issue 14.1 of The Cincinnati Review, the artwork of Lana Shuttleworth will be complimenting the literature in the journal.  She uses construction cones...

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What We’re Reading: South and West

This latest “What We’re Reading” post–about Joan Didion’s South and West: From a Notebook (Knopf, 2017)–comes from volunteer Ashley Anderson, a graduate student in the literary nonfiction program at the University of Cincinnati, who is headed to the University of Missouri next fall for PhD studies. Originally from Atwater, Ohio, Ashley’s work has appeared in Peripheral Surveys, SFWP Quarterly, and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. When not writing, Ashley can often be found organizing something or cooking up a storm. Ashley Anderson: When I first got an email from Barnes & Noble a few months ago announcing a...

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microreview & interview: Jennifer Givhan’s Landscape With Headless Mama

by Jose Angel Araguz In “Rummage,” midway through CR contributor Jennifer Givhan’s Landscape with Headless Mama (Pleiades Press), the reader is presented a scene of a yard sale; the opening image of a wedding dress as “a white tumble / alongside registry gifts rattling our tarpaulined front porch” sets the tone. As the speaker details the scene, we learn: You’ve lost your job as I’ve lost my faith, selling all our things: our marriage, our love, the birth certificates of our imagined ones. How much? is the only question I can answer. The connotations of a yard sale, of...

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Poets of Instagram part 3

by José Angel Araguz  For this third and final interview featuring #poetsofinstagram, John Carroll of @makeblackoutpoetry shares with us a few poems as well as insights into the craft and style of his poetry on Instagram. I was drawn to the work of @makeblackoutpoetry for its clear focus on hope. Each of the examples displays a keen eye for words that fit a poetic sensibility wanting to connect with the reader. Like koans, the lyricism of these poems is geared toward inviting a shift in the reader’s train of thought. This hope-oriented approach mirrors the community @makeblackoutpoetry has cultivated. His account...

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What We’re Reading: Ryan North’s Romeo and/or Juliet

This latest “What We’re Reading” post comes from volunteer Hannah Haney, a first-year masters student in Literary and Cultural Studies here at UC. When not reading through submissions and making insightful comments, Hannah likes to read good books, eat good food, and write bad poetry. She is also the Managing Editor of Relief Journal. We’re glad to have her on board! Hannah Haney: I have read Romeo and Juliet so many times, I can practically recite it. I’ve seen every adaption and for a long time thought literally nothing could make this play more exciting. And then Ryan North...

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