Podcasting and the Resurgence of the Oral Tradition

by Diana Koehm

A hush falls over the clearing. The hunter’s voice rings with a metallic clang. The bodies huddled around the fireplace feel the blade pierce the beast’s hide as if it were their own. Before writing, there was word of mouth. Our humble literary blog, and the larger literature scene as we understand it today, would… More Podcasting and the Resurgence of the Oral Tradition by Diana Koehm

Graduating as an English Major: An Open Letter to Myself Right Now

By Therese Masotta

To The Current Me, This morning I woke up with you, like I always do, and it was early and you were just as confused as you were the night before you went to sleep, and everything seemed surreal as it always does. It’s the last week of classes and we’re about to graduate. As… More Graduating as an English Major: An Open Letter to Myself Right Now By Therese Masotta

An Interview with Dr. William Jelani Cobb by Sten Spinella (2016)

This is the unedited transcript of Dr. Cobb’s interview. The edited version is printed in the Long River Review’s physical copy. Dr. William Jelani Cobb is a nationally-known intellectual who has written books, essays, and anthologies on everything from the history of hip-hop to the Cold War to racism and to current events, who has… More An Interview with Dr. William Jelani Cobb by Sten Spinella (2016)

An Interview with Carl Phillips, Poet and Professor by Sten Spinella (2016)

I only had 30 minutes to speak to poet Carl Phillips, which was just enough time to access his worldview, yet a woefully insufficient amount of time to truly get at the thickness of his poetry. It was by far the friendliest interview I have ever conducted. Phillips was flexible with his schedule and would… More An Interview with Carl Phillips, Poet and Professor by Sten Spinella (2016)

Summer Reading List for People Who Love to be Sad

by Kate Monica

“’I don’t like happy people,’ Andrew said.” —Tao Lin, Eeeee Eee Eeeee Are you looking for a light summer read to perfectly complement a languorous afternoon on the beach working on your tan? Then this list probably isn’t a great fit. Just kidding. Sort of. You can read these books on the beach, but only… More Summer Reading List for People Who Love to be Sad by Kate Monica

Make It A Big Deal: An Interview with Matvei Yankelevich by Carleton Whaley (2016)

Matvei Yankelevich is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Ugly Duckling Presse, which he started in the late 1990’s with a group of friends. He designs and edits books for UDP, curates the Eastern European Poets Series (since 2002), and co-edits 6×6 magazine (since 2000). He shares duties as UDP’s Co-Executive Director with Anna Moschovakis. His most recent… More Make It A Big Deal: An Interview with Matvei Yankelevich by Carleton Whaley (2016)

An Interview with Novelist and Short Story Writer Laura van den Berg by Carleton Whaley (2016)

Laura van den Berg is a short story writer and novelist known for her collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, as well as her debut novel Find Me, which was listed as a “Best of 2015” by NPR, Time Out New York, Buzzfeed,… More An Interview with Novelist and Short Story Writer Laura van den Berg by Carleton Whaley (2016)

Exigency in Writing: CAConrad in Providence

by Nicholas DiBenedetto

“A security guard asked, ‘What the fuck are YOU DOING?’ I replied, ‘I’M A POLLINATOR, I’M A POLLINATOR!!’” — CAConrad “Security Cameras and Flowers Dreaming the Elevation Allegiance” On the evening of Friday, April 22, I found myself driving a car full of undergraduates to Ada Books in Providence, Rhode Island, where two poets, Brian… More Exigency in Writing: CAConrad in Providence by Nicholas DiBenedetto

On writing the teenage character

by Asiya Haouchine

People give J.D. Salinger too much flak about his ability to write when it comes to Holden Caulfield of Salinger’s most famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. When adults (and students) complain about Holden and discuss how annoying he is, I get why they might think that—Holden is whiny at times and disillusioned about… More On writing the teenage character by Asiya Haouchine