Today we’re sending out hearty congratulations to Ashraf Rushdy, whose essay “Reflections on Indexing My Lynching Book” was selected for Best American Essays 2015. Rushdy’s essay was published in MQR’s Spring 2014 issue.
Courtney Sender has won the $1000 Lawrence Foundation Prize for 2014. The prize is awarded annually by the Editorial Board of MQR to the author of the best short story published that year in the journal. Sender’s story “We Can Practice Starts” appeared in the Spring 2014 issue.
* fiction by Courtney Sender, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014 * Look, the truth of the way of the world is that David loves Moira enough to move to the middle of Nothing, England, for her, and Moira doesn’t love David enough to pick up the goddamned phone.
All David wants to do is warn her:
* nonfiction by Christopher Kempf, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014 * I began to understand by the second beer that I’d been misled in more than mere appearances. Aubrey was not, as she suggested in the “What I’m doing with my life” section of her profile, “petting every single dog she saw” for a living, but was, like so many young San Franciscan hipsters I’d been trying to avoid, working for a tech start-up in the Financial District. *
poetry by G. C. Waldrep, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014
I came to love late,
as in a forest clearing
one walks at dusk
& spies, in the
pale clump, un-
suspected, not there
just a few hours
before: indian pipe,