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Issue 27 poetry

Zen in the Art of Generalized Anxiety

by Anthony Immergluck * My guru says it’s cheatingto meditate drunk. * I let my thoughts passlike clouds in the breezeand when I open my eyes,I can’t remember any Spanish. * Sometimes toads explode.Look it up. * All things are cyclical. I will live to see the daywhen socks and sandals come into fashion. * I had […]

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Issue 27 poetry

The Bridge

by Anne Hampford • • • Anne Hampford is a writer, traveler, yogi, and lover of nature. Currently, she is working on a series of poems inspired by travel in South America and Antarctica. She is based in Connecticut but is spending the year on the coast of Ecuador, enjoying life in another language. Nicholas […]

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fiction Issue 27

Disappearing Act

by Ben Powell The magician might be drunk. Kelsey catches him pissing behind the shed between acts. It’s a long pee; she’s able to wave me over before the guy finishes. “This is a kids party,” Kelsey says to him. Ozlo the Omnipotent just shrugs. He pulls black velvet gloves back onto his hands. Steam […]

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Issue 27 poetry

Sea Women

by Ashley Sojin Kim Bodies strewn across rocky soillike freshly-pulled radishes, white and lifeless, now buried undernine-hole courses and honeymoon suites with marble floors. Sparklingknives stole through Bukchon fifty years ago. Jeju is knownfor folk culture, citrus, trees stunted by sea winds,and free-diving haenyeo scouring dark underworldsfor abalone, a dying tradition of old women who […]

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interview Issue 27

Funny Person in a Serious Situation: Susanna Fogel on Cowriting, Kate McKinnon, and Screenplays After DOMA

by Jordan Hill Susanna Fogel wrote the epistolary novel Nuclear Family, cowrote the coming of age film Booksmart, and will direct the upcoming biopic Winner. This fall, Gulf Stream staff member Jordan Hill had an opportunity to talk with her. Here’s an edited transcript of their chat. Jordan Hill: I read that before you were […]

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fiction Issue 27

Puzzle

by Rita Ciresi The other mothers tell me I’m lucky. Their sons are screamers, biters, head bangers. My boy is soft and silent as a bunny. Sometimes he’ll use the sign language he’s been taught at school: a hand to the throat for thirsty, a finger to the mouth for hungry. But his voice—or rather, […]

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Editorial Issue 27

A Season in Isolation

by Natalie Satakovski With each new issue of Gulf Stream Magazine, you’ll find a fresh palate of literary tastes represented in our pages.  This fall, fourteen readers and editors—all writers from FIU’s MFA program—considered submissions, contended for their picks, and helped pull Issue 27 together. Named for our unusual social season, this issue is a […]

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2020 Summer Contest interview Issue 26

On Mentorship, Subverting Form, and dark / / thing: A Conversation with Ashley M. Jones

by Brianne Griffith Creative Nonfiction Editor Brianne Griffith spoke with author (and 2020 Summer Contest poetry judge) Ashley M. Jones at the 2019 Miami Book Fair to discuss her latest book dark / / thing, craft, and how it feels to have her former professors teach her books. I saw you read at The Betsy […]

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2020 Summer Contest Issue 26 poetry

[START AT THE BEGINNING]

by Zebulon Huset The poem below won 1st prize in our 2020 Summer Contest in poetry. Here’s a statement from judge Ashley M. Jones. This is a poem that took me by the most spectacular surprise⁠—I’m a poet who loves to play with form, and I think this form illuminates the content beautifully. How can […]

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2020 Summer Contest interview Issue 26

Dawn Davies on the Fourth Genre, Writing Humor, and her Personal Essay Wishlist

by Kristin Gallagher Dawn Davies is an author, mother, and founder of the Whistle Tree Writers program. While the pandemic made an in-person meeting impossible this summer, Dawn and our Assistant Managing Editor Kristin Gallagher connected over email.  You earned your MFA from FIU. When you started the program, what ideas did you have about […]