Front Porch Journal
In An International Episode, Henry James writes, “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Summer may be ending, but Front Porch’s Issue 27 has just arrived. We hope you’ll enjoy your final summer afternoons with the work of a talented group of freewheeling, unflinchingly honest, and imaginative writers featured within this issue.
In fiction, you'll discover two sisters conjuring up the dead as they run a shop named ‘Wings of Isis New Age Gifts.’ In poetry, listen to a woman record her brainwaves for NASA’s Voyager Golden Record, intended to communicate a story of our world through sounds and images to extraterrestrials. Our creative nonfiction includes an excerpt from Wendy C. Ortiz’s recently released Excavation: A Memoir, which chronicles the author’s complicated sexual relationship with her 8th grade teacher.
In addition, enjoy print and video interviews with poet Victoria Chang, Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, and Writespace founder Elizabeth White. Also featured are quality reviews of Bianca Stone’s Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Marjory Wentworth’s New and Selected Poems, Ethel Rohan’s Goodnight Nobody, and Chloe Honum’s The Tulip-Flame. Finally, Issue 27 boasts exclusive videos of Etgar Keret, Kazim Ali, and Sergio de la Pava reading from their work and discussing the craft of writing.
—Jane Hawley and Reyes Ramirez, Managing Editor and Co-Managing Editor
Rachel Mindell - YearsOneTwo and Dimension
Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco - Learning to Downhill Ski, By the House, and Hegenberger Road
Emily Carr - State of Grace
Mackenzie Jarvis - Patchwork, When the Earth Eats the Trees, and Through the Shutters
Alyse Knorr - Jane records her brainwaves for NASA’s Voyager Golden Record, 1977 and Jane and Then-Jane dance in their bodies
Dillon J. Welch - Poem in Which We Are Built from the Wrong Parts and Poem in Which Things Happen Much Too Soon
Pledging Allegiance to the Question: An Interview with Victoria Chang
The Stranger Is My Father: An Interview with Antonio Skármeta
Freedom of Space: An Interview with Elizabeth White–Olsen
Someone Else’s Wedding Vows by Bianca Stone, Reviewed by Abigail Ashford-Grooms
The Tulip-Flame by Chloe Honum, Reviewed by Daniel Barton
New and Selected Poems by Marjory Wentworth, Reviewed by Dorothy Lawrenson
Goodnight Nobody by Ethel Rohan, Reviewed by Amanda Scott
One of the major perks of pursuing an MFA at Texas State University in San Marcos is our continuing reading series featuring premiere poets, writers, and critics of the English language, owing in no small part to the Texas State English Department, The Lindsey Reading Series, and The Burdine Johnson Foundation. Below is just a sample of some of the readings, talks, and Q&As delivered by the wonderful guests who have recently visited us at the Wittliff Collections in the Alkek Library at Texas State University, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, Texas. We hope you enjoy them. For more videos and sound recordings, please visit the Front Porch Audio/Video Archives.
Etgar Keret reads his work and answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Kazim Ali answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Sergio de la Pava answers questions at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Sergio de la Pava reads his work at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.