The Fourteen Hills Blog

March 1, 2020

In 2020, Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, will not attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

As a proud part of San Francisco State’s Creative Writing Department, Fourteen Hills relies on grant funding from the university for its expenses, including the purchase of the table at AWP and reimbursement for our editors’ travel expenses. However, we were unable to receive this funding because California law AB 1887 prohibits the use of public funds for travel to states with laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 

While it is disappointing that we will not be able to join our community of writers, publishers, students and teachers at this important conference, we fully support California...

February 3, 2020

Leticia Hernández-Linares is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and educator.  Author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl, and co-editor of The Wandering Song, she has received four San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grants, and published and performed widely. She teaches in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. 

Fourteen Hills Assistant Poetry Editor Elizabeth Rosas had the opportunity to interview Leticia regarding her experience as an author, performer and editor. New work of Leticia's will be published in Fourteen Hills issue no. 26, to be released May of 2020. 

Fourteen Hills (14H): I was introduced to Other Musics, New Latina Poetry through an MFA poetry class this semester and was especially excited to see your work included in the c...

September 18, 2019

​​Current Fourteen Hills poetry editor Dasha Bulatova interviewed former editor-in-chief Keith Donnell Jr. regarding Keith's experience with sound translation, a developing translation technique that experiments with the various frequencies of meaning language possesses.

"I think translators (conventional, sound, “found”) should be interested in exploring these different frequencies of meaning. Sound and found translations just work in frequencies that are oftentimes less apparent to us. Less apparent, but, there nevertheless, and influential to the way we construct meaning, both on the page and in everyday life." - Keith Donnell Jr. 

Keith has a sound translation of the Gettysburg Address in the upcoming Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019. Click here to check out the full interview from...

November 20, 2018

Published in Issue 24 of Fourteen Hills, Shobha Rao's, “Pink Ruin” is a tender story with raw brilliance that touches on women’s role in Southern Indian society, their sexuality, and the grandeur of nature that is enraptured when connected to their presence. We chose this piece, for its excellence in interweaving the past and future experienced presently by the reader due to the specific imagery and sensory details that grounds one in every single moment. The main character is changed by the world around her, and yet holds consistent to her inner desires and what she deems beautiful and meaningful. 
 “Pink Ruin” is a story about a woman named Satya, who upon hearing the death of her similar newly-wed neighbor then turned into affectionate companion, Roopa, recounts the...

October 10, 2018

Congratulations to Cheryl A. Ossola!Her debut novel will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2019. Cheryl's story Lemon Suite is featured in the NEW Fourteen Hills 24.

Lemon Suite is a poignant short story. Miranda, a Julliard trained violinist, reflective in the midst of a personal crisis is our protagonist. She is swept away by several memories all centering around a charity lemonade stand at a fair in Marin County. “The truck—a giant lemon on wheels, pale yellow balloons bobbing from the trailer hitch—glowed in the fairground’s Swiss cheese illumination, the darkness pooled with light flung from scattered pools.” The narrative bobs up and down between the present and these flashbacks. 

In the first flashback high school Miranda works “in The Lemon” with Tyler. Young, full-of-pro...

April 13, 2018

Jane McDermott’s Look Busy, the 2014 Michael Rubin Book Award winner, is a celebration of brevity, wit, depth, and nuance.

Composed of one hundred stories of precisely one hundred words each, the book defies definition. Within the first few pieces in the collection, we’re presented a meditation on the life of bees in a hive, an objective narrator’s view on the absurdity of relationships between coworkers, and a more personal narrator remembering her mother’s roommate at a convalescent home. There are clear themes of loss, friendship, motherhood, the drudgery and repetition of work, that tie the stories together, yet each piece stands on its own as an example of effective economic writing. This fluidity of genre, between flash fiction, to lyric poem, to linked stories, is part of the charm a...

March 15, 2018

In City Lights Bookstore, a quiet aura lingers inside the Poetry Room where, in a few moments, Joseph Lease will read from his new collection of poetry, The Body Ghost.  His books are displayed on a small round table between a medium-sized podium and a rocking Poet’s Chair.  In those silent moments, one could almost hear the voices escaping from the books lining the shelves all around the room.  As people enter and take seats facing the podium, their enthusiastic conversations replace those lingering voices left behind by fellow poets.  And when Joseph arrives, when he takes the podium and opens up the pages of his new collection, his voice rises and introduces the room to a new sound. 

The Poetry Room is made for this moment. As Joseph reads his poems, his voice evokes...

January 22, 2018

You may be thinking, what in the hell does Fourteen Hills want in a fiction, poetry, or visual arts submission? According to the editors and faculty advisor Junse Kim, here is an inside look at the selection process at Fourteen Hills:

In a corner office of the Humanities Building at SF State, a few floors above the clamoring students on a soccer field, musical notes from an ice cream truck seep in from cracked windows. Junse sits at his desk in short sleeves, a tie, and eye glasses to divulge some of our secrets. “Our pieces reflect the San Francisco personality. They are progressive, diverse. There’s an openness to experience, inclusiveness,” Junse says.

Sam Burgert, the Fourteen Hills fiction editor, sits at a table in the Creative Writing Graduate Reading room on the fifth floor of the Hu...

October 31, 2016

Photo credit: Alexandra Mattraw 

People packed into the Latin American Club in the early evening of Saturday, October 15th, perhaps to escape the first real rainfall of the season in San Francisco, perhaps to flock to the notoriously strong and delicious margaritas that the local venue had to offer, but either way, what the people got was a night filled with beautiful prose and poetry read by past contributors of Eleven Eleven and of Fourteen Hills.

While some at the venue were caught unawares of the annual literary festival, the loud and rowdy room soon grew silent as stories began to flow over the loudspeakers. With the music turned down, only the clik-clak of glasses and drinks being served sounded along with the readers work as each stepped up to the mic. Eleven Eleven’s Rochelle Spencer...

May 19, 2016

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, CA

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Fourteen Hills Press is proud to announce the release party for 22.2, Summer 2016! There will be readings from several of our contributors, raffle prizes, wine and snacks at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco, so come out and help us celebrate!

Featured readers and contributors include:

BALITRONICA is a performance artist, cyborg poet, and queer sex radical raised on the Tijuana/San Diego border. Currently living in San Francisco, she recently earned her MFA in Poetry at Mills College. Since 2013 she has been touring with Guillermo Gomez-Pena and La Pocha Nostra as a member of the International performance troupe.


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