Book Review: 'The Consolations' by John W. Evans

Exquisitely organized, the poems in The Consolations are not so much about grief, as set in the country of Grief. John W. Evans wrote this collection while he mourns the early death of his young wife, Katie. While not attempting to define or delineate the grief process he remains resolutely unafraid of confronting it in this work. The first seventeen poems are titled by months since Katie’s death: Seven Months, Eleven Months, etc. They are not...

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Interview: Daniel Riddle Rodriguez

Fourteen Hills Press is pleased to announce that Daniel Riddle Rodriguez is the winner of the 2014 Bambi Holmes Award for Emerging Writers for his story “Cockroach,” which was published in Fourteen Hills 20.1. Daniel is a full-time student and father from San Lorenzo, California, where he lives with his son. Moonlighting as a performance poet, he represented the Oakland Slam Team at National Poetry Slam 2014. His previous and upcoming...

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Interview: Siamak Vossoughi

Writer and past contributor, Siamak Vossoughi, and I sit across from each other at a café on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. The table between us is small and set in the middle of a room rich with the smell of coffee. Siamak has recently won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and his short story “The Movie Quitters” (from Fourteen Hills 18.2) is one of my favorite reads of the last few years. Born in Tehran, Siamak talks to me about...

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Book Review: 'Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan' by Anker Frankoni

Anker Frankoni’s Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan is a cross-genre book (I refuse to simply call it fiction) that takes readers on a journey through time, space, spirit, and family. It is a story of the merging of multiple families and individuals across oceans and time and memory, and it is a writer’s purging of the shame of secrets and “what ifs.” It is a history lesson, a family tree, a spiritual awakening, and a fierce determination to connect...

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Release Party 21.1 . . .

Getting stoked for the Fourteen Hills 21.1 release party on Wednesday, December 17th! As a first time staff member for this dynamic publication, I’m excited to be on hand for the release and celebration of a strong showing from Fourteen Hills (now going 20 years strong!). I’ve been sincerely honored to be a part of the editorial wizardry of the team’s review for this edition. Watching it come together, from the slush pile to the heated internal...

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Book Review: 'Half Dead Road Kill' by Paul Donohue

Paul Donohue's Half Dead Road Kill is a skillful collection of short stories embodying both fragility and detachment with a dry wit. It is a book of characters and how they process and cope with all the dramatic events life throws at them. Donohue's talent for crafting vivid characters and placing them into extreme situations leads to unexpected insight into the human condition. The story “The William Tell Incident” is told by an older version...

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Look Busy Release Party in One Hundred Words

In celebration of the release of Jane McDermott's debut collection of short stories and 2014 Michael Rubin Book Award winner, Look Busy: One hundred 100-word stories by and for the easily distracted, four members of the Fourteen Hills' staff wrote 100-word reviews of the launch party at Green Apple Books on the Park on November 7th (Laughter! Stunned silence! Non-drunk drinking! Book-buying! Book signing! General merry-making!). And as they each...

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Lit Crawl 2014 and Jane McDermott

On October 18, 2014, Fourteen Hills participated in Lit Crawl at Public Works in San Francisco. Billed as an art gallery by day, and dance club at night, Public Works was a fantastic space to host the reading where I began my first Lit Crawl ever. Brilliant past contributors to Fourteen Hills—Renato Escudero, Junse Kim, Jane McDermott, Toni Mirosevich, and Brian Thorstenson—read from their work bathed in blue lighting in front of a rapt audience...

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Fourteen Hills 21.1 Release Party

Please join us in celebrating the release of Fourteen Hills 21.1! There will be readings from the contributors, raffle prizes, drinking, and of course, the journal!