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DREAM ON by A. K. Small

DREAM ON by A. K. Small

When I was seventeen and dreamed big ballerina dreams, I also revered Aerosmith. I sat on the window ledge of Pacific Northwest Ballet memorizing Steven Tyler’s lyrics with my friend Jenna Butala. Crystals dangled from our necks. Names of boys like Santo vibrated against our lips, as we threw our buns back. Joe Perry jammed […]

LOST by Caryn Coyle

LOST by Caryn Coyle

Today, my dad is eighty-eight years old, but I do not remember his birthday. When I look at the folded skin of my eyelids in the bathroom mirror, it comes to me. It is the thirtieth of March. A dozen years ago, we celebrated my birthday together in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Under the veranda […]

UNDER WINDMILLS, GUANTANAMO, Anonymous

UNDER WINDMILLS, GUANTANAMO, Anonymous

I. It is the opposite of winter, this place, except for the long shadows. I was under one – under the windmills at Guantanamo, the day Ted Kennedy died. Looking down on the lowered U.S. flag at the top of John Paul Jones Hill tall and still above the cactus bushes Castro left behind as […]

3QR AUTHOR BIOS / 2013

3QR AUTHOR BIOS / 2013

Featured Writer Mary Jo Salter is the author of seven collections of poetry, all published by Alfred A. Knopf, including the 2013 volume Nothing By Design.  She is also a lyricist and playwright, and the author of a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home.  A former poetry editor of The New Republic, she is a […]

3QR Author Note: WILLIAM LOIZEAUX

I’ve written memoirs, personal essays, and fiction, and in none of those genres is verifiable accuracy my primary goal, as it is in journalism. In essays and especially memoirs, however, I try to be conscious of and guide the reader among the levels of accuracy (ranging from verifiable fact to conjecture) that can arise from […]

3QR Author Note: RICHARD PEABODY

3QR Author Note: RICHARD PEABODY

Is there a clear definition between fiction and reality? I’d argue there isn’t. We spend an enormous amount of our lives asleep, ostensibly dreaming. Some of my dreams are as real to me as anything that’s happened in real life. I have recurring dreams that cycle back like a comet every decade or so. In […]

3QR Author Note: ELIZABETH HAZEN

Poetry, for me, is the most honest form of lying. It operates in the realm of three-quarters true. Details change to suit meter or rhyme, to compensate for a flawed memory, and to bridge the gap between an experience and its significance. Sometimes this significance is apparent almost immediately, but more often it takes months […]