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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 […]

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2020 Summer Contest fiction Issue 26

Wonga Beach

by Katie O’Donnell Wonga Beach 1. Night “The thing is,” says Jan. She pauses, sucking on the joint. It’s their last one. Cath waits, but there is no thing. No joint-passing either. The silence slides down to the waves whispering on the shoreline of the mangrove-fringed beach they have found at the edge of the […]

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2020 Summer Contest Editorial Issue 26

Dark Summer

by Natalie Satakovski This summer, news of the death of George Floyd reverberated from speakers all around the world, while COVID-19 took its toll around us. Here in Miami, protestors chorused “Black lives matter,” “No justice, no peace,” and “Defund the police.” These events formed the backdrop of our 2020 Summer Contest, the winners and finalists […]

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2020 Summer Contest Issue 26 poetry

I Attend a Pool Party at Some Guy’s L.A. Mansion

by Alaina Bainbridge I try to keep my eyes open. I watch sunlight rippleover blue-gold water. Light shadows jump, make menauseous. A few years ago, all the Tumblr girls were obsessed with Ophelia.They’d lie down on muddy banks, flower crownsglowing against dark, green marsh, stare blankly into the camera, glossed lips parted sensuously,eyes absent as […]

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2020 Summer Contest Creative NonFiction Issue 26

Waiting

by Patrick Pawlowski “You write about your parents a lot.” –Helaina I have an idea for a fiction piece—everyone is disabled. Or maybe just everyone in America. Maybe they aren’t disabled; maybe it’s a weakened arm or leg. I imagine the hindering that disables them, a fog that slows in—it doesn’t kill anyone, unless they […]

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2020 Summer Contest Issue 26 poetry

I’ve Been Waiting for Hate to Die (In memory of John Lewis) the way deciduous trees let go their leaveswhen the air becomes chilled, leaving trunkand bough and branches naked in winter. I thought somehow hate would have its springand summer but give way with time.Now, I see that hate is an heirloom pressed in […]