issue-5-cvr-webIssue no 5 is now available!

Our latest issue is chock full of engaging, entertaining work from Barbara Haas, Sari Fordham, Caitlin Corrigan, Paul Freidinger, Tim Suermondt and others. From a story about feuding parents to an essay about a family’s house arrest in Africa, as well as some melancholy poems, Isthmus no 5 is another great addition to check out (order a copy here).


Isthmus has two Notable essays in Best American Essays 2016!

“Hope, Change, Etc.” by Patrick Mainelli appeared in issue no 3, Spring/Summer 2015.

“I Slept Well If You Slept Well” by Alison Condie Jaenicke appeared in issue no 4, Fall/Winter 2015.

Follow the links above to read an excerpt.

Congratulations, Patrick and Alison!

Interview with Lisa Knopp

bread-cover-2Lisa Knopp’s new book, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, is a hybrid of food writing, researched autobiographical writing, illness narrative, and spiritual writing. In it, she delves into how her struggles with hunger and her quest to achieve fullness led to discoveries about herself, culture, and spirituality. For a taste, start here with her interview with Thom Davis.

As a child and young adult, I felt that the place and people that I came from were bland, unremarkable, typical. I wanted to be unique, distinctive, someone you’d pay attention to. But how could I be when I came from such a typical family and from such a typical place? As a child, I believed that identity was something that one was born into (oh, to have been born being Italian or Jewish or rich!). Then, I didn’t know that identity was something one forged…. Now, I understand my disordered relationship with food, in part, as a rebellion against the circumstances I’d been born into.

Read the full interview here, on Isthmus online.