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Editor's Notes 20.2

Editor's Notes 20.2 By Joe Mackall   |  March 20, 2019
When my children turned twenty-one, I wrote each of them a letter. The content was meant for them only. All three shed tears, as did I. I knew that although my children, two daughters and a son, were still mine and, of course, always would be, they wI knew that although my children, two daughters and a son, were still mine and, of course, always would be, they were entering the world as adults; and forevermore I would have to share them with the world in a way that left me excited and proud, but also anxious and wary. This moment in the life of River Teeth feels a bit like that. In the fall of this year, River Teeth will be twenty years old. We couldn’t wait until it turned twenty-one to write this letter...
Keywords: 20-2, ball state, transition

River Teeth part of a 4-journal CNF reading during Portland AWP Writers Conference

River Teeth part of a 4-journal CNF reading during Portland AWP Writers Conference March 20, 2019
Join Under the Gum Tree, Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, and River Teeth for an AWP happy hour of telling true stories: Friday, March 29, 5:30-7 p.m. at the White Owl Social Club in Portland, OR.
Keywords: awp, reading

Perennial

Perennial By Kristine Jepsen   |  March 18, 2019
Yesterday my uncle Russ, my dad's older brother, texted me a video of a peony bush in bloom. The plant isn't his—he left the farm where it grows, in the remains of his mother's garden, to become a middle-school band director a half-century ago. But he can't stop tending things, a dogged farmer....

Very Large Array

Very Large Array By Ann Vallee   |  March 11, 2019
While traveling in New Mexico, I made a pilgrimage to the high desert to see the Karl G. Jansky Array, curious to witness a telescope as big as a valley....

Essay Collection by Joan Frank Wins 2018 River Teeth Book Prize

Essay Collection by Joan Frank Wins 2018 River Teeth Book Prize March 8, 2019
Congratulations to Joan Frank, the winner of the 2018 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. Her winning manuscript Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place is focused, most broadly, upon travel and place--but also and equally, popular culture and, by default, autobiography.

Midnight Feedings

Midnight Feedings By Alexa Dodd   |  March 4, 2019
We are limbs, braided and heavy, under sheets reluctant to release us. We are dreams interrupted, sleep sliced away like an appendage, the knife a familiar siren, filling the space between walls. We are silhouettes, faceless shapes against muted window glow....

The Limits of Ownership, The Vagaries of Possession

The Limits of Ownership, The Vagaries of Possession By Jessie van Eerden   |  March 1, 2019
Sarah Viren's debut collection explores the concept of ownership. It begins with an essay on the ownership of material goods--the narrator's landlord lends her the furniture that belongs to a man on trial for murder. The essays that follow ask what it means to own one's body, one's family members, one's language, even one's story that is inextricably intertwined with the stories of others.
Keywords: book review

Young Moons

Young Moons By Melissa Sevigny   |  February 25, 2019
The moon drifts in the west, too thin to be called a crescent, Venus above like a sleeping child lowered by invisible hands into a cradle. It's a glimmer in the sunset sky above a skyline of pine, a sweep of summer grass....

October

October By Kathryn Wilder   |  February 18, 2019
October light leaks between slats of graying barn wood. A yellow stripe marks Craig's cheek, his shoulder. I taste salt and smell sun on skin and in the hay beneath me that makes our bed in the neighbor’s old hay barn, a place we run to in daylight....

Powerless

Powerless By Madeline Bodin   |  February 11, 2019
Our off-the-grid neighbors say that they know when the power has gone out because a chorus of hums rises from the generators in the valley. Now, our house has joined that choir....

Blamed No More

Blamed No More By Ann Piper   |  February 7, 2019
Heartland, by journalist Sarah Smarsh, already a nonfiction finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, is a multigenerational account of a hardworking family caught in the systemic forces that perpetuate the unknown and disdained Americans who are sometimes called "white trash."

Life Science

Life Science By Michelle Hope   |  February 4, 2019
You taught me, once, about the Swainson's thrush—its call like an invitation to another world: a swirling up of sound, unseen. Teach me the names of all the birds you know, and how they sing....

Back Aisles (repeat)

Back Aisles (repeat) By Ashley Hutson   |  January 28, 2019
The library building was my body like your children are your body, like your spouse is your body. Its wood and glass grew out of my chest. It came with a key and code. 

Mosque/Musk

Mosque/Musk By Heidi Czerwiec   |  January 21, 2019
I want to tell you that the word 'musk' comes to us from the Sanskrit mushkas, meaning 'testicle,' testimony to source in the aromatic abdominal sacs of musk deer....

Say When, Say It Louder

Say When, Say It Louder By Rachael Peckham   |  January 14, 2019
You pinned me to the basketball court in the middle of gym class while Mrs. Thompson was busy tending to a "situation" in the locker room, or off fetching ice from the cafeteria....

Ghost Sigh

Ghost Sigh By Terry Parker   |  January 7, 2019
I survey the elegant glass skyline crowded on the tray: the fine-boned Chanel, curvy Burberry, sleek Cabochard. The bottles display various levels of fragrant amber liquid, belying their owner’s favor. Each has its unique cap or stopper, competing like fancy hats at the Derby....

It's Not Marriage. It's the Husbands.

It's Not Marriage. It's the Husbands. By Eric Farwell   |  January 2, 2019
In her debut memoir, For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors, Laura Esther Wolfson, an American essayist and Russian translator for the PEN World Voices Festival, has written a complex book about three interacting subjects: her Jewish heritage, marriages to two Russian men, and her difficulties as a translator of Russian literature....

Forced Quince, as Study

Forced Quince, as Study By Arra Ross   |  December 31, 2018
The way, on the fourth day, the sepals' little leaflets, grown twice yesterday's size to a fourth inch, have curled back–like legs spread or backs arched—from the buds, and....

Pooled in Ripples

Pooled in Ripples By Holly Pelesky   |  December 24, 2018
I wasn't like the other 22-year-olds after you, carelessly wearing bright bikinis. I was too preoccupied with how I looked suddenly: child bearing hips, a soft middle....

Miracle at Delancey Street

Miracle at Delancey Street By Jean-Marie Saporito   |  December 17, 2018
My drive to the Delancey Street Christmas Tree lot begins on snowy roads through a canyon hemmed by pinion and sage studded cliffs and the icy Rio Grande....

River Teeth Journal Issue 20.1

River Teeth Journal Issue 20.1 December 12, 2018
Featuring writing from Iver Arnegard, Greg Bottoms, Sydney Lea, Beth Alvarado, Ash Whitman, Ryan Brod, Vivé Griffith, Holly Willis, Jake Maynard, Earl Fendelman, Seth Sawyers, and Richard Hoffman.
Keywords: 20-1

Hair and Nails

Hair and Nails By Mary Elizabeth Reilly-McGreen   |  December 10, 2018
Jen was so venomous that I stopped having my students read their journal entries aloud. She said such cutting things unsolicited. She made a student cry just by staring at him....

Making Violence Holy

Making Violence Holy By Thomas Larson   |  December 3, 2018
A dialogue review by Renee E. D'Aoust and Thomas Larson...

Standoff at Wolf Creek

Standoff at Wolf Creek By Rachel Smith   |  December 3, 2018
I tell Cory "no" again. I can't help him resurrect dinosaurs using chicken eggs, even if I am impressed that an eight-year-old already knows so much about genetics and paleontology....

Beth Alvarado

November 26, 2018
Beth Alvarado is the author of three books, Anxious Attachments (Autumn House Press, 2019), Anthropologies: A Family Memoir (University of Iowa Press), and Not a Matter of Love and other stories.
Keywords: 20-1

Iver Arnegard

November 26, 2018
Iver Arnegard's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in the North American Review, Gulf Coast, the Missouri Review, and elsewhere. In 2014 his first book, Whip & Spur, won the Gold Line Press Fiction Award.
Keywords: 20-1

Greg Bottoms

November 26, 2018
Greg Bottoms is a writer of literary nonfiction and fiction. He is the author of a memoir, Angelhead (2000), an Esquire Magazine "Book of the Year," two books about American outsider artists, The Colorful Apocalypse (2007) and Spiritual American Trash (2013), and four prose collections.
Keywords: 20-1

Ryan Brod

November 26, 2018
Ryan Brod is a senior contributor for The Drake magazine. His writing has also appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal and Stonefly, among others. A Maine fishing guide and filmmaker, he lives in Portland.
Keywords: 20-1

Earl Fendelman

November 26, 2018
Earl Fendelman is pleased to witness the first publication of his writing in over forty years. After a very happy career teaching at Lehman College, CUNY, he lives with his wife in New York City, where, among other things, he continues to write.
Keywords: 20-1

Vivé Griffith

November 26, 2018
Vivé Griffith is an Austin-based writer, educator, and student advocate. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Sun, Oxford American, Hippocampus, and Gettysburg Review, and her op-eds in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Texas Tribune.
Keywords: 20-1

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