Discovering Community and Creativity in San Francisco: The Honey Hive Gallery

Last month I was invited to a live hip hop/rap event hosted at The Honey Hive Gallery. I had never heard of this venue before and at first I was a little skeptical. I took the bus down to 46th Avenue and Judah Street and began searching the houses around me for the correct address. I soon discovered my diligence was unnecessary, as the yellow exterior was decorated with an unmistakable honeycomb pattern complete with four giant wasps hovering...

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A Reading of "On Homelessness" from 'Fourteen Hills 21.1'

From Elizabeth Robinson, who once dedicated a book of her poetry to "Sasquatch, who does exist," comes a poem about similarly unreal figures existing in a realistic landscape. Or rather, figures becoming unreal through a disruption of physiological needs that tend to reinforce and stabilize social identities. Instead of being defined by where they live, what they ate recently, or how their loved ones are doing, those stricken with the condition...

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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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