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The Defining Moments of Their Lives: An Interview with Yang Huang

My Old Faithful, by Yang Huang, is a collection of ten interconnected stories about a Chinese family set in China and the U.S. during a period of tumultuous social change. Yang’s stories capture family life in all of its everyday pain and beauty. Using shifting points of view, Yang gets inside each family member, creating…

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National Poetry Month Announcement

Lovely CC Readers, In observance of National Poetry Month, we will be featuring work from the following poets each Friday in April: Hannah Cohen (4/6) Donald Paris (4/13) Chloe N. Clark (4/20) Brian Robert Flynn (4/27) Please join us as we celebrate these poets and visit Cease, Cows throughout April to read their poems! ~…

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Where Night Stops: An Interview with Douglas Light

Douglas Light’s new book, Where Night Stops (Rare Bird Books), is both a crime novel and an exploration of identity, as the nameless narrator travels the globe in the service of a mysterious and shady boss. What separates Light’s novel from the standard crime saga is its existential view of how we create different versions…

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Nominations: The Best Small Fictions 2018

Lovely CC Readers: Now that we’ve submitted our nominations for The Best Small Fictions anthology, the bovines are pleased to share with you the following nominees: The Last One (by Madeline Anthes) Hopi (by Josh Rank) The Concealer (by Matthew Vasiliauskas) Bad Babysitter (by René Ostberg) Stab Apples (by Molly Bonovsky Anderson) Congrats to all!…

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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…