Politics—Special Issue 2016

We’re working on a special issue on Politics. Send us your work that comments on or responds to a current issue or event. Please read the full description here. Don’t delay, we want it by August 1, 2016!

Interview with Mark Rozema

978159709994356a160be4adc0We caught up with Mark Rozema, an Isthmus author, whose first collection of essays, Road Trip, is now available from Boreal Books.

I don’t know how other people find replenishing solitude, or even if they need it. I need it. Extended periods of time alone in nature make me feel more grounded and centered in myself… I do like hiking and climbing with others—sometimes—but I most often go alone. There is freedom to do what you want without conferring about it. It’s a back-and-forth; you go into solitude so that you can come back to people.

Read the full interview here, on Isthmus online.

Interview with Ruth Danon

limitless tiny boat coverThe talented poet Ruth Danon speaks with Natania Rosenfeld about personal illness, home, and the limits we encounter in our selves and our culture, among other topics at work in her new book, Limitless Tiny Boat:

I want to engage the reader in constructing the meaning and experience of the poem: the reader completes it. As a poet, I’m not interested in telling people stuff, what happened last Tuesday, how to solve their problems. I’m interested in uncertainty, not knowing, liminal spaces, and the limits of language. Also in the relationship between abstract and concrete.

Read the full interview here, on Isthmus online.

Issue Release

Isthmus issue 4Fall/Winter 2015   Issue No 4   is now available!

Order your copy today!

Go here to read an excerpt from Bret Shepard, Julie C. Day, or Alison Condie Jaenicke.



Special Feature

After you read “I Slept Well If You Slept Well” in our latest issue, visit the companion photo gallery. All images courtesy of the author, Alison Condie Jaenicke.


face“Answer, Mermaid” by Leslie Parry has been selected as a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2015!

“Diego Forever” by Kelly Chastain has been selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015!

Both pieces first appeared in Isthmus issue no 1. Follow the links above to read excerpts. Congratulations, Leslie and Kelly!