Essays

A Collaboration from NonfictioNow, Reykjavik

Introduction:  “In the Land of Fire and Ice” When I learned the sixth NonFictioNow Conference would be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, it occurred to me that the trip would provide a perfect opportunity for a collaborative travel essay about a country that until recently…

October 11, 2017
Semi;Colon

Our Back to Class Issue

School is in session at Columbia College, and the hallways are bustling. However, as of this writing it is 93 degrees in Chicago on this first morning of fall. All of which puts me in mind of a first school day years ago at…

September 22, 2017
Essays

Tom Fry

Basements My mother always worried about never being able to finish cleaning the basement of our house. She’d try to put things in boxes, label the boxes, and push them in corners. She would hide the boxes with curtains that she’d make and tape…

September 22, 2017
Semi;Colon

On the Day the Music Died

The occasion of “Ode to Buddy Holly,” which occupies the entire second part of the new collection Swinging on a Star, is a journey by David Trinidad to Lubbock, Texas, birthplace of Charles Hardin Holley. The poem begins with a portent. When the poet was a small child, two planes collided in the air near…

September 22, 2017
Interviews

Punctuate Talks to Patricia Ann McNair

On an afternoon late last summer, Punctuate sat down with fiction writer Patricia Ann McNair to talk to her about her new collection of essays, And These Are the Good Times (Side Street Press) and to talk about fiction, nonfiction, and their respective realities.…

September 22, 2017
Essays

Marc Frazier

Land and Water As a child I heard corn grow and now everything is noise. Through the floor-to-ceiling glass here by the Atlantic, palms sway as they were made to. Blue Daze and Lantana creep onto pathways and the sun comes out from behind clouds. How…

September 22, 2017
Essays

Landon Godfrey

Insomnia Cradling a head, the down pillow says, I am the attic of the bed, and turning & tossing the head says, I am the attic of the body. The pillow says it’s stuffed with all the incarcerated feathers’ memories of how the firmament…

September 22, 2017