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Finding Beauty in Weather’s Sulks and Tantrums: An Interview with Will Dowd, author of Areas of Fog

The weather—that topic of countless innocuous conversations between strangers, a constant companion in our daily lives, sometimes glorious, like the cool fresh breeze of an autumn day, sometimes oppressive (hazy, hot, and humid—the hat trick of summer discomfort), sometimes so powerful a storm’s name becomes short-hand for destruction (Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, etc.). Yet in the…

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A Post-Divorce Depressed Menopausal Optimist: An Interview with Alex Behr, author of Planet Grim

Alex Behr’s debut short fiction collection, Planet Grim, invites the reader on a beguiling journey through the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, capturing the essence of her characters’ complicated lives in twenty-eight captivating stories. While her work is often comic, Behr avoids the easy laugh, grounding her fiction in honest and sometimes heartbreaking…

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Nomination Announcement: The VERA

Lovely CC Readers: We are pleased to announce that the cows have nominated the following story for Vestal Review‘s third annual award for flash fiction (The VERA). “Epistles” by Courtney Sender Congrats to Courtney! We could only nominate one story of 500 words or less from 2016, so this required considerable contemplation (and cud chewing).…

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CC’s Best of the Net Nominations

Lovely CC Readers: After much deliberation, it’s time once again to show some bovine love to those writers the cows feel deserve a nomination for the Best of the Net awards. Without further ado, we present to you the cows’ nominations: Flash Fiction My Sister’s Aquarium by Jennifer Todhunter Feather Boy by Toni Marshall Poetry…

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Fiction that Multitasks: An Interview with Michelle Ross

Reading a writer for the first time is like making a new friend. As you delve into the work, the writer’s unique voice and sensibilities become familiar, and over time, even when you put the book aside, the rhythm of the writer’s sentences linger in your consciousness, much like a friend’s voice pops into your…

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Ideas and Investigations: An Interview with Jordan Rothacker

Any novel with a Pez dispenser on the cover is worth checking out—even more so when the dispenser sports a skull as its top. Jordan Rothacker’s debut novel, And Wind Will Wash Away, is an ambitious blend of religion, history, and the classic detective novel. Rothacker shared his thoughts about the novel, and more, in…